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Hearing Hearing Date: July 15, 2016 9:00 am 2154 Rayburn HOB

Oversight of the Urban Area Security Initiative Grant Program

Subject
Oversight of the Urban Area Security Initiative Grant Program
Date
July 15, 2016
Time
9:00 am
Place
2154 Rayburn HOB

PURPOSE:

  • To review the process by which the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) determines which Metropolitan Statistical Areas receive Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) grant funding.
  • To evaluate UASI funding history for the Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, Florida area, and the decision not to fund that area for the last two fiscal years.

BACKGROUND:

  • The UASI grant program provides financial assistance to address planning activities, organizational resources, equipment, training, and exercise needs of high-threat, high-density urban areas.
    • UASI grants totaled more than $8.2 billion from Fiscal Year (FY) 2005 to FY 2016.
  • In January 2016, DHS lowered the Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, Florida area’s Metropolitan Statistical Area Risk Profile Rank, which adversely affected Orlando’s opportunity for UASI funding.=

 

Witnesses and testimonies:

Sheriff Jerry Demings

Orange County Sheriff's Office


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Chief John Mina

Orlando Police Department


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Mr. Walter Purdy

President
Terrorism Research Center

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Ms. Brian E. Kamoie

Assistant Adminstrator of Grant Program
Federal Emergency Management Agency

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