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January 22, 2006

New CRS report on homeland security grants

Filed under: Budgets and Spending,State and Local HLS — by Christian Beckner on January 22, 2006

The Congressional Research Service published last week a new report entitled “FY 2006 Homeland Security Grant Distribution Methods: Issues for the 109th Congress.” You can currently download it at this link on CQ’s website.

The report does a good job of clarifying the alphabet soup of homeland security grant programs (UASI, SHSGP, LETPP), the formulas that are used to fund each, and the state of play in Washington regarding potential changes to these formulas. It’s a must read for state and local officials who are working on their FY 2006 grant applications right now.

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Comment by William R. Cumming

January 23, 2006 @ 3:39 am

Footnote 6 of the CRS report cites to a Secretary Chertoff news conference. “Dual Use” was a debate stemming from the old Civil Defense Act of 1950, Public Law 81-920 that when reauthorized by Congress in 1976 authorized the Executive Brance to adopt a dual use policy if it wished. Until Congress mandated “Dual Use” for civil defense assets in 1993 (one year before the civil defense statute was repealed) a seemless dual use policy was never adopted.
“All-hazards” was an administrative attempt to overcome Congressional mandates for certain hazards in specific legislation, e.g. the Fire Prevention and Control Act of 1974; the National Dam Safety Act; and the Earthquake Hazards Reduction Act of 1977 and other legislation all of which were targeted preparedness and sometimes response without building a true national system for leveraging federal monies and expertise to assist domestic response efforts or even respond to a national security emergency. See for example, NSDD-47 issued in 1982 that was neither a civil defense document or a natural disaster document but an effort to coordinate federal mobilization of resources without regards to causation. In the modern era see HSPD’s 5 & 8 and the Preparedness Guidance issued by DHS in January 2005.

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