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After the 9/11 Act: Homeland Security Grants Still Moving in the Wrong Direction

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Publication Date: August 2007

Publisher(s): Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): Matt A. Mayer; James Jay Carafano

Series: Backgrounder

Topic: Government (Internal security)

Keywords: Homeland defense; Homeland Security Grants; federal entitlement program; UASI

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


The Department of Homeland Security is still struggling to keep homeland security grants from becoming just another federal entitlement, and Congress has passed a bill that will make the DHS's job more difficult. Congress needs to eliminate minimum grant allocations, boost matching requirements, consolidate grant categories, and require the DHS to conduct a full assessment of national capabilities.