Of Homeland Security Announces $1.7 Billion for
State and Local Counterterrorism Programs
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Friday released fiscal year
2007 grant guidance and application
kits for five grant programs that will total roughly $1.7 billion
in funding for state and local counterterrorism efforts. With the fiscal
year 2007 funding, the department will have invested nearly $20 billion
in local planning, organization, equipment, training, and exercises.
"This year's grant process will be more user-friendly," said
Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff. "There will be increased
interaction with all applicants before we award the grants to ensure effective
investment. The funds will be distributed to reduce risk across the United
States, not just in a handful of places. But, let me be clear that the
communities facing the highest risk will receive the majority of the funds."
The five programs that comprise the Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP)
encourage a regional approach to strengthening homeland security. Grant
funding priorities include reducing risks of improvised explosive devices
and radiological, chemical and biological weapons. They emphasize interoperable
communications, information sharing and citizen preparedness. HSGP fiscal
year 2007 funding totals are:
• State Homeland Security Program (SHSP) -- $509.3 million
• Law Enforcement Terrorism Prevention Program (LETPP) -- $363.8
• Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) -- $746.9 million
• Metropolitan Medical Response System (MMRS) -- $32.0 million
• Citizen Corps Program (CCP) -- $14.6 million.
The department has refined its grants programs over the past year to increase
transparency, provide a more streamlined and interactive application process,
and tier certain core programs according to risk. In addition, the six
highest risk UASI cities will be permitted for the first time to apply
up to 25 percent of their award toward current state and local personnel
dedicated exclusively to counterterrorism field operations.
HSGP risk-methodology considers a variety of factors, including intelligence
assessments, population size and density, economic impacts, and proximity
to nationally critical infrastructure such as international borders. More
than 100 law enforcement, emergency management and homeland security experts
from federal, state and urban areas will form peer review panels to assess
this year's grant applications. Upon completion of the review process,
DHS expects to announce grant allocations by summer 2007.
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