Quick Facts on the Faster and Smarter Funding for First Responders Act of 2005   [open pdf - 45KB]

This document provides key points of H.R. 1544. H.R. 1544, the Faster and Smarter Funding for First Responders Act of 2005, reforms the manner in which the Department of Homeland Security (DHS or the Department) issues Federal grants to enhance the ability of States, local governments, regions, Indian tribes, and first responders to prevent, prepare for, respond to, mitigate against, and recover from threatened or actual acts of terrorism. H.R. 1544 does not create a new grant program. Rather, it establishes a common set of rules for three of the Departments existing terrorism preparedness grant programs - the State Homeland Security Grant Program (SHSGP), the Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI), and the Law Enforcement Terrorism Prevention Program (LETPP). At its most fundamental level, H.R. 1544 is designed to expedite the delivery of Federal terrorism preparedness assistance to first responders where it is needed most and, at the same time, end undisciplined homeland security spending.

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