DHS awards training grants

Grant recipients include:

  • Center for Domestic Preparedness
  • Louisiana State University
  • Texas Engineering Extension Service
  • New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
  • Nevada Test Site
  • Eastern Kentucky University
  • National Sheriffs' Association
  • Board of Trustees, St. Petersburg College
  • American Medical Association
  • West Virginia University
  • University of Baltimore, Maryland
  • American College of Emergency Physicians
  • The Western Institute for Food Safety and Security and the University of California at Davis (WIFSS/UCD)
  • Long Island University
  • Michigan State University
  • Board of Regents, NSHE, obo University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • The Center for Rural Development Inc.
  • Dartmouth
  • Dugway Proving Ground
  • Naval Post Graduate School
  • Citizen Corps

Competitive grant programs:

  • Ball State University, Muncie, Ind.: $2.5 million
  • Arizona Board of Regents for and on Behalf of Arizona State University, Tempe, Ariz.: $1.4 million
  • National League of Cities Institute, Washington, D.C.:$1.9 million
  • University of Connecticut, Storrs, Conn.: $1.3 million
  • Western Oregon University, Monmouth, Ore.: $2.2 million
  • Council of State Historical Records Coordinators, Iowa City, Iowa: $2.6 million
  • American College of Emergency Physicians, Irving, Texas: $1.2 million
  • Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Inc., Silver Spring, Md.: $1.4 million
  • The CNA Corporation, Alexandria, Va.: $5 million
  • National Domestic Preparedness Coalition Inc., Orlando, Fla.: $3.1 million
  • The University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, Miss.: $3.5 million
  • University of the District of Columbia, Institute for Public Safety and Justice, Washington, D.C.: $3 million

The Homeland Security Department has announced awards of $113 million in training grants, awarded just before the start of the new fiscal year.

The department said it will distribute $84 million under the fiscal year 2007 Homeland Security National Training Program. The grants will go to design and deliver training and support for federal, state, local and tribal jurisdictions and community organizations. Earlier in the year, DHS distributed $98 million under the same training grant program.

Fiscal year 2008 begins today.

In addition, department officials said they awarded $29 million in competitive grants to state, local and tribal governments, higher education, nonprofits and the private sector as part of the fiscal 2007 Competitive Training Grant Program. Topic areas of focus for the year included public communications; executive leadership of homeland security programs; intergovernmental coordination and planning; managing homeland security risks; and legal issues in preparation, response and recovery.

Many federal IT contractors assist in providing counterrorism preparedness training, particularly in areas such as communications, information-sharing and situational awareness. IT contractors also are involved as subcontractors in putting together software to deliver the training modules.

About the Author

Alice Lipowicz is a staff writer covering government 2.0, homeland security and other IT policies for Federal Computer Week.

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