"Let me be clear: Anne Mardick bootstrapped the grassroots secular political movement here in Phoenix," wrote Chris Wojno, president of HSGP
. "Ever the Pythian, Anne had the foresight to recognize and foster the next generation of voices in the local, national, and international secular movement.
According to the Department of Homeland Security, the HSGP
"plays an important role in the implementation of the National Preparedness System (NPS) by supporting the building, sustainment, and delivery of core capabilities essential to achieving the National Preparedness Goal (NPG) of a secure and resilient Nation" (2014a).
For fiscal year 2008 HSGP
grants, DHS is primarily following the same methodology it used in fiscal year 2007, but incorporated metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) within the model used to calculate risk.
For the 2005 fiscal year, Florida received $101.3 million in HSGP
grant monies that were distributed to localities by state government.
(97) The only HSGP
program that does not is Citizen Corps.
Federal financial support for fusion centers has largely come in the form of Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP
The most obvious option is to continue the current manner of funding--that is, using the HSGP
grants as the federal mechanism to make funding available for states and localities for potential allocation to state and regional fusion centers.
This report presents several risk assessment and related grant program options for congressional consideration: (1) maintain the status quo in the inextricably linked areas of risk assessment and grant allocation, (2) draft a national impact assessment to understand return on investment of the approximately $12 billion of HSGP
spent by FY2008, (3) enhance the transparency of the risk allocation methodology to state and local governments, and (4) develop a comprehensive and long-term strategy for managing, assessing and mitigating risk.
The FY2005 Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP
) guidelines, which include guidance for the State Homeland Security Grant Program (SHSGP), the Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI), the Law Enforcement Terrorism Prevention Program (LETPP), the Emergency Management Performance Grant Program (EMPG), and the Citizen Corps Programs (CCP), provide a list of authorized equipment, training courses, exercises, and planning activities that states and localities can purchase with grant allocations.
State and local governments receive counter-terrorism training funding through the DHS Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP
107-296), which authorizes the DHS Secretary "to allocate, reallocate, and consolidate functions and organization units within the Department"--DHS Secretary Tom Ridge approved consolidating the separate programs into a single Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP