Consolidated Appropriations Act leaves DHS state and local grants in jeopardy

Deltek Evan Halperin reports.

On December 17, the U.S. Senate passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act following passage in the House on Friday, December 16. The bill, which does come with benefits including funding the federal government for fiscal year 2012, would drastically cut funding of state and local grants from the Department of Homeland Security. While the bill has yet to receive President Obama’s signature, its passage is considered highly likely, and would leave many state and local agencies with less opportunity to receive much-needed grants.
When looking at the funding specifics, the bill would provide $39.9 billion in fiscal year 2012 appropriations, of which $2.37 billion would be for state and local grants. In fiscal year 2011, $3.38 billion was available in grant funding, which makes a nearly $1 billion decrease year to year. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will allocate $1.35 billion of available funding to state and local agencies based on threat, vulnerability, and consequences among previous programs. These programs include the State Homeland Security Grant Program, the Urban Area Security Initiative, the Metropolitan Medical Response System, the Citizen Corps Program, the Port Security Grant Program, the Transit Security Grant Program, the Interoperable Emergency Communications Grant Program, and Emergency Operations Centers.
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