The good news for DHS and grantees is that this is $408 million above the House-passed bill.
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
FY 2012 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill
The U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security approved a Fiscal Year 2012 funding legislation bill on September 6th. The legislation, which still needs to go through the conference committee process and be signed by the President before it becomes law, totals $41 billion in discretionary budget authority, $2.6 billion below the President’s request, and $666 million (-1.6%) below FY 2011.
The Senate rejected the House approach to grants. In particular, The bill rejects the House proposal to eliminate the Urban Area Security Initiative, Port Security Grants, and Transit Security Grants and other programs and replace them with a block grant.
The bill provides $2.58 billion for state and local grants, which is $557 million above the House level. The bill rejects the House proposal to eliminate the Urban Area Security Initiative, Port Security Grants, and Transit Security Grants and other programs and replace them with a block grant.
Included in the total are the following amounts:
· State Homeland Security Grant Program - $430 million.
o Within the total, Operation Stonegarden - $50 million
· Urban Area Security Initiative - $400 million
· Emergency Operations Centers - $15 million
· Port Security Grants - $200 million
· Transit Security Grants - $200 million
No specific funding is provided for Citizens Corps, Driver’s License Security, Buffer Zone Protection Program, Metropolitan Medical Response System and Interoperable Emergency Communications grants.
Activities previously funded under these programs are eligible in the funded programs; – $10 million to help state and local communities cover law enforcement and other costs associated with hosting National Special Security Events such as the Asia Pacific Economic Conference
The bill provides $350 million for Emergency Management Performance Grants, $11 million above the FY 2011 level.
The following graphic displays the level of UASI funding since the inception of the program.
While this continues a steep decline in funding, the good news is that the cuts were not as much as proposed by the House of Representatives. It is not clear at this point what the number of UASI grantees may total. Last year, the number of UASIs was reduced from 64 to 31 – with the level of funding proposed, this is an additional 40% cut to the program.
This may leave additional UASI cities off the list for FY 2012.