Brooks to Examine Homeland Security Grants at Tomorrow’s Subcommittee Hearing

Mar 18, 2013 Issues: Risk-Based Grant Funding

Washington, D.C. – The Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response and Communications, chaired by Rep. Susan Brooks (R-IN), will hold a hearing entitled “Homeland Security Grants: Measuring Our Investments” tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. in 311 Cannon House Office Building.

Tomorrow’s subcommittee hearing will examine the effectiveness and efficiency of homeland security grants. Members will have the opportunity to ask questions about the impact of these grants and about how these dollars are utilized, how their impact is being measured and how the Department and FEMA are ensuring that the grants are being used in the appropriate manner according to their intent.

Subcommittee Chairman Brooks on the hearing: “Since its creation, DHS has awarded almost $40 billion in federal homeland security grants to assist state and local governments. However, the Department has struggled with measuring the effectiveness of these grants and developing performance measures. In these tight fiscal times, we must make sure that every federal dollar is spent wisely and that we are getting value from federal investments.

“Tomorrow’s hearing will examine the progress that DHS and FEMA have made to establish and implement performance metrics to measure the effectiveness of homeland security grants.  We must make sure that the grant dollars awarded are contributing to the defense of the nation as these programs were intended.” 

TUESDAY, March 19 at 10:00 a.m.

Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications

Homeland Security Grants: Measuring Our Investments

311 Cannon House Office Building

Witness List:

  • Hon. Tim Manning, Deputy Administrator, Protection and National Preparedness, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
  • Ms. Anne Richards, Assistant Inspector General for Audits, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Mr. David Maurer, Director, Homeland Security and Justice Issues, Government Accountability Office

*Opening statements, witness testimony, and the live video feed will be available HERE.

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