Homeland Security: Managing First Responder Grants to Enhance Emergency Preparedness in the National Capital Region, Statement of William O.Jenkins, Jr., Director, Homeland Security and Justice, Testimony before the Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management, the Federal Workforce, and the District of Columbia, Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, U.S. Senate   [open pdf - 117KB]

"After the tragic events of September 11, 2001, the National Capital Region (NCR) - the District of Columbia and nearby jurisdictions in Maryland and Virginia - was recognized as a significant potential target for terrorism. In fiscal years 2002 and 2003, about $340 million in emergency preparedness funds were allocated to NCR jurisdictions. In May 2004, GAO issued a report (GAO-04-433) that examined (1) the use of federal funds emergency preparedness funds allocated to NCR jurisdictions, (2) the challenges within the NCR to organizing and implementing efficient and effective preparedness programs, (3) any emergency preparedness gaps that remain in the NCR, and (4) the Department of Homeland Securitys (DHS) role in the NCR. The report made recommendations to the Secretary of DHS to enhance the management of first responder grants in the NCR. We also reported in September 2004 (GAO- 04-1009) that the NCRs Governance Structure for the Urban Area Security Initiative could facilitate collaborative, coordinated, and planned management and use of federal funds for enhancing emergency preparedness, if implemented as planned DHS agreed to implement these recommendations."

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