Sample Information Paper

Question

HLS 404: Homeland Security and Defense
in Practice

Lesson 3 – The Homeland Security Grant Program
Student Learning Tasks | Graded Assignment
Type Correspondence: Information Paper
Title: “Funding Homeland Security Initiatives”
Situation:
You are the Administrative Officer responsible for the Congressionally-appropriated and DHS administered
Homeland Security-related grants under the Homeland Security Grant Program
executed by your state Department of Homeland Security. The governor has requested an
overview of the process for the cabinet secretaries but due to scheduling conflicts, cannot gather
all members of the cabinet for a meeting – hence the reason for this Information Paper.
You are to use the DHS 2014 Homeland Security Grant Program Guidance (http://www.fema.gov/fy-
2014-homeland-security-grant-program-hsgp) for this particular Information Paper. After meeting with
the Chief of Staff and offering your suggestions, you have determined these to be the main topics
and sub-topics for your paper:
State Homeland Security Grant Program
• Program Overview
• Purpose
• Eligible Applicants
• Constraints (if any)
• Grant Period (Period of Performance)
Urban Area Security Initiative
• Program Overview
• Purpose
• Eligible Applicants
• Constraints (if any)
• Grant Period (Period of Performance)
Operation Stonegarden
• Program Overview
• Purpose
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• Eligible Applicants
• Constraints (if any)
• Grant Period (Period of Performance)
Measure of Success:
In order to successfully complete this Graded Assignment, you must review, analyze, critically
assess and clearly articulate the federal process for funding Congressionally-mandated
Homeland Security activities under the HSGP. Discuss each of the 3 sub-grant programs
available.

Answer

The Homeland Security Grant Program Information Paper

“Funding Homeland Security Initiatives”

Purpose. To provide information on the Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Homeland Security Grant Program (funding to urban areas, states, local governments and territories) to enhance their abilities to thwart, protect against, mitigate, react to, and recover from possible hazards and terrorist attacks.

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Background. The Homeland Security Grant Program plays a crucial role in the execution of the National Preparedness System by sustaining the creation and provision of core capacities that are critical to realizing the National Preparedness Goal of a safe and resilient country (Homeland Security, 2014). The program entails three related programs which include the State Homeland Security Program, the Operations Stonegarden and the Urban Areas Security Initiative. For the 2016 fiscal year, $1,037,000,000 has been allocated towards funding the three programs.

State Homeland Security Program (SHSP)

Program Overview. This program seeks to enhance local and state levels’ capacity to implement the goals and objectives of their individual preparedness report.

  • [Key highlight #1]  $402,000,000 has been allocated to the program for the 2016 fiscal year based on the department’s risk methodology and lowest amount as legally authorized by the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (Homeland Security, 2016).   

Purpose.  The program serves the following purposes:

  • [Key highlight #1] The funds are meant for planning, training and purchasing authorized equipment (such as protective gear, explosive device remediation and mitigation gear inter alia) that are essential for the prevention of terror attacks.
  • [Key highlight #2] The funds can also be used to facilitate secure identification such as enhanced driving licenses.

• Eligible Applicants. All American states and territories are eligible for the grant.

• Constraints. Recipients of the grant are obliged to dedicate 25% of the funds to planning, training, organizing and purchasing necessary equipment geared towards preventing terrorism.

• Grant Period (Period of Performance). The period of performance is 36 months (3 years) from the awarding date.

Urban Area Security Initiative

• Program Overview. The program aims at funding American metropolitan areas so that they can boost regional preparedness.

[Key highlight #1] $580,000,000 has been allocated to the program for the 2016 fiscal year.

• Purpose. The program directly supports expanding regional collaboration by assisting them in their creation of regional systems for protection and recovery from hazards.  

• Eligible Applicants. Eligible recipients of the program include 29 highest risk urban areas in the country divided into two categories (tiers).

• Constraints (if any). Recipients of the grant are obliged to dedicate 25% of the funds to planning, training, organizing and purchasing necessary equipment geared towards preventing terrorism.

• Grant Period (Period of Performance). The period of performance is 36 months (3 years) from the awarding date.

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Operation Stonegarden (OPSG)

• Program Overview. OPSG is a federal funding program run by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to enhance border and territorial security (National Immigration Forum, 2010). Some $55,000,000 has already been allocated to the program for the 2016 fiscal year.

  • [Key highlight #1] The selection process is based on relative need weighed against other applicants as established by the Customs and Border Protection office and the potential impact for realizing maximum protection at the borders while incurring the lowest costs possible.

• Purpose. This program aims at enhancing coordination amongst federal, local and state law enforcement agencies with the aim of securing the nation’s borders with all international waters, Mexico and Canada (Scheid, 2010).

  • [Key highlight #1] It supports American territories and Border States to boost the nation’s capacity to respond to border security issues, increase inter agency collaboration and support intelligence-based border operations.
  • [Key highlight #2] Funds are used to meet overtime pay, lodging and travel expenses for border patrol officers as well as paying extra enforcement personnel.

• Eligible Applicants. Eligible applicants include all county-level local units as well as federally acknowledged tribal governments within all states that border with the international waters, Canada and Mexico.

• Constraints (if any). The program does not have any constraints.

• Grant Period (Period of Performance). The period of performance is 36 months (3 years) from the awarding date.

For Additional information:

Homeland Security (2014). Fiscal Year 2014 Homeland Security Grant Program Fact Sheet.

Homeland Security (2016). Fiscal Year 2016 Homeland Security Grant Program Fact Sheet.

National Immigration Forum. (2010).Fact Sheet: Operation Stonegarden. Accessed on 1st        February 2016. Web.

Scheid, E. (2010). U.S. Customs and Border Protection: Performance and Accountability Report:           Fiscal Year 2009. Darby: Diane Publishing

References

Homeland Security (2014). Fiscal Year 2014 Homeland Security Grant Program Fact Sheet.

Homeland Security. (2016). Fiscal Year 2016 Homeland Security Grant Program Fact Sheet.

National Immigration Forum. (2010). Fact Sheet: Operation Stonegarden. Accessed on 1st   February 2016. Web.

Scheid, E. (2010). U.S. Customs and Border Protection: Performance and Accountability            Report: Fiscal Year 2009. Darby: Diane Publishing.

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