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Robert Farley
By Robert Farley December 21, 2009

Grants to be awarded based on risk

In 2009, the Department of Homeland Security awarded $90 million in Operation Stonegarden grants to support security initiatives along the Southwest border. According to DHS, the department acted on the president's call for increased emphasis on the Southwest border in response to cartel violence along the U.S.-Mexico border. Based on greater risk, heavy cross-border traffic and border-related threat intelligence, nearly 84 percent of the funds went to Southwest border states (up from 59 percent in 2008).

FEMA says that in 2010, for the first time, the $48 million Interoperable Emergency Communications Grant Program will allocate money based on risk, using a 50% all-hazards risk component and a 50% terrorism threat component.

For the 2010 budget year, DHS revised its grant guidance for the Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) so that a higher percentage of total funding (next year, $832 million) will go to the most at-risk U.S. cities. Based an analysis of relative risk of terrorism faced by the 100 most populous metropolitan statistical areas in the United States, 63 percent of total UASI funding will go to the highest risk cities, up from 55 percent in 2009.

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