How Post 9/11 Funds Are Being Spent

When it came to grants from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, doled out from 2003 to 2008 so that each state could do its part to fight terrorism, Texas metropolitan areas were the biggest overall beneficiaries. How were those funds spent in Texas and in the rest of the country?

In an article on the Texas Tribune website, Brandi Grissom reports on the findings of a yearlong examination of how effectively states across the U.S. have used federal security dollars. She cites a Texas Department of Public Safety database of expenditures and some of the 100-plus monitoring reports from Texas grant administrators.

Local governments have spent the funds in various ways and most have used the items they purchased. “But what remains unclear, more than eight years after the Sept. 11 attacks spurred a flood of security preparedness grants,” Grissom writes, “is whether any of the billions spent have actually made Texas, or the nation, more resistant to terror attacks.”

William Gregersen, grant operations supervisor in the emergency management division of the Texas Department of Public Safety, said he didn’t think there was a lot of wasted spending. Since 9/11, Texas has experienced wildfires, a freak flood and a hurricane, and learned from each catastrophe, he said.

To read Brandi Grissom’s article, click here:
http://www.texastribune.org/stories/2010/mar/08/homeland-ecurity-toilets-trucks/