Oversight of the Urban Area Security Initiative Grant Program

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


  • 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.


  • 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

Name Title Organization Panel Document
Sheriff Jerry Demings Orange County Sheriff's Office Document
Chief John Mina Orlando Police Department Document
Mr. Walter Purdy President Terrorism Research Center Document
Ms. Brian E. Kamoie Assistant Adminstrator of Grant Program Federal Emergency Management Agency Document