Homeland Security Grants: Measuring Our Investments, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications of the Committee on Homeland Security, House of Representatives, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, First Session, March 19, 2013   [open pdf - 375KB]

This is from the March 19, 2013 hearing on "Homeland Security Grants: Measuring Our Investments" held before the Committee on Homeland Security. From the opening statement of Susan Brooks: "After holding a number of site visits and briefings over the past month, the Subcommittee is convening to hold its first hearing of the 113th Congress on a subject that has had a great impact on the prevention, preparedness, and response capabilities of our State and local partners. That is homeland security grants. The September 11th terrorist attacks exposed significant gaps in prevention, preparedness, and response capabilities at all levels of government. As a result, a suite of grant programs was created to address these issues and enhance our preparedness as a Nation. To date, nearly $40 billion has been distributed to States and localities through these grants and according to the National Preparedness Report, which was released last year by FEMA [Federal Emergency Management Agency], progress in building and sustaining capabilities has been made as a result of these grants. According to this report, Federal preparedness assistance programs have helped build and enhance state, local, tribal, and territorial capabilities through multi-year investments across mission areas. The report goes on to say that Federal preparedness assistance has clearly contributed to the capability gains achieved since 9/11. However, as has been noted by the Government Accountability Office and the DHS [Department of Homeland Security] Inspector General, FEMA has been unable to develop comprehensive measures and metrics to quantify the impact of these grant investments on grantee capabilities. Although a difficult task, we must always ensure that we are good stewards of taxpayer dollars and that we are able to justify and account for investments." Statements, letters and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Timothy Manning, Anne L. Richards, and David C. Maurer.

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