The Heritage Foundation published a piece today, co-authored by Heritage’s Jim Carafano and Jamie Metzl from the Partnership for a Secure America, on Congress’s inaction in making the homeland security grant system risk-based. The article provides a good history of this debate, and offers two recommendations for Congress:
Require the Department of Homeland Security to conduct a Quadrennial Homeland Security Review, just as the Department of Defense is required to conduct its Quadrennial Defense Review, and
Reform homeland security grants by eliminatÂing the minimum-grant formula to allow for pure risk-based funding.
And two recommendations for DHS:
Continue to update the formula for homeland security grant allocation to reflect risk, threat, and vulnerability, and
Create regional offices to coordinate disaster preparedness and response, as mandated by HSPD-8 and the Homeland Security Act of 2002.
Overall, a solid piece on this important issue.