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Risk analysis led to grant decisions

June 16th, 2006

A Homeland Security Department official, responding to lawmakers’ anger over grants cuts to New York and Washington, says the department’s funding allocations to cities nationwide are in line with Congress’ direction to distribute grants by risk. Congress cut the Homeland Security grants program by about $800 million for this fiscal year, which the department says forced it to make many cuts.

At the same time, the department is doing a better job of analyzing risk, said Terry Henke, Homeland Security assistant secretary for grants and training. More states and areas are doing a better job analyzing what potential terrorist targets they have and are making a better case for why they need federal dollars to tighten security measures, she said.

Both those factors mean high-profile cities like Washington and New York will get less funding this year and cities such as Houston and Newark, N.J., will receive grant funding hikes.Read Full Story

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