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September 21, 2006

Heritage report on homeland security grants

Filed under: Budgets and Spending,Risk Assessment — by Christian Beckner on September 21, 2006

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 eliminat­ing 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.

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1 Comment »

Comment by William R. Cumming

September 22, 2006 @ 12:41 pm

Question whether grants without performance standards accomplish anything for national preparedness. Also question whether regional organizations help or hinder PFO and FCO operations or simply delay response by adding another political level. Today the regions are neither response oriented, logistical centers, or operational centers. Most are in vulnerable compromised security wise structures that have not been either hardened or well-maintained.

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