The Department of Homeland Security is holding a press conference today to release a report (which you can download here) that describes FY07 allocations for five homeland security grant programs:
- State Homeland Security Program (SHSP)- $509.3 million
- Law Enforcement Terrorism Prevention Program (LETPP)- $363.8 million
- Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI)- $746.9 million
- Metropolitan Medical Response System (MMRS)- $32.0 million
- Citizen Corps Program (CCP)- $14.6 million
As noted yesterday, the most newsworthy dimension of is the selection of cities for the Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) program. Baton Rouge, Louisville, Omaha, and Toledo were dropped from the list, and El Paso, Norfolk, Providence, and Tucson were added to it. Local newspapers in those cities are already beginning to react to these decisions – see, for example, the contrasting pieces in the Louisville Courier-Journal and the Providence Journal.
Also new this year, DHS makes the point of fencing off 55% of UASI funding for six “Tier 1″ cities/regions: New York/New Jersey, the National Capital Region, Chicago, Los Angeles/Long Beach, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Houston. However, this is unlikely to lead to an increase that compensates for the decreased FY 2006 allocations given to NYC and DC. In FY 2006, these six regions already received 53.9% of total UASI funding; an increase of 1% of funding, distributed among these six regions, is approx. $7 million, probably not enough to address NYC and DC’s needs and desires. Therefore, the only way to really increase funding for NYC and DC in FY 2007 will be to cut funding for Chicago, LA, Houston and San Francisco. If this math holds, we’re likely to see a repeat of the FY 2006 UASI allocation imbroglio.
Of better news for the “Tier 1″ cities, DHS makes a change that allows these six cities to spend up to 25% of their allocation “toward current state and local personnel dedicated exclusively to counterterrorism field operations.” This is a welcome change, and one that is particularly valuable to New York City, given its sustained investment in a first-rate counterterrorism unit at the NYPD.
For more detailed information, you can read the overview document that I posted here. And look for the Office of Grants & Training to release more detailed grant guidance on the FY 2007 HSGP shortly.
Update (1/5): This page on the Grants & Training contains voluminous information on the FY2007 grant programs, most notably this 98-page grant guidance document and this guide for fusion center investments.
Update (1/6): Here’s the transcript of the press conference.