Transit Security Grant Program: DHS Allocates Grants Based on Risk, but Its Risk Methodology, Management Controls, and Grant Oversight Can Be Strengthened, Report to the Chairman, Committee on Homeland Security, House of Representatives [open pdf - 1005KB]
Alternate Title: Transit Security Grant Program: Department of Homeland Security Allocates Grants Based on Risk, but Its Risk Methodology, Management Controls, and Grant Oversight Can Be Strengthened
"From fiscal years 2006 through 2008, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has allocated about $755 million dollars to transit agencies through its Transit Security Grant Program (TSGP) to protect transit systems and the public from terrorist attacks. GAO was asked to evaluate the extent to which (1) TSGP funds are allocated and awarded based on risk; (2) DHS has allocated, awarded, and distributed TSGP grants in accordance with statutory deadlines and leading practices for collaborating agencies; and (3) DHS has evaluated the effectiveness of the TSGP and its investments. To address these objectives, GAO reviewed the TSGP risk model, fund allocation methodology and program documents, such as TSGP guidance, and interviewed DHS and transit officials, among other steps. GAO recommends, among other things, that DHS strengthen its methodology for determining risk by measuring variations in vulnerability, define Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) roles for managing and monitoring the TSGP, develop a plan with milestones for measuring TSGP performance, and develop a process to systematically collect data, track grant activities, and communicate the availability of grant funding to transit agencies. DHS concurred with GAO's recommendations and discussed actions to address them."
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