Senator’s Report Alleges Waste in DHS Grant Program

December 5, 2012

State and local governments have tapped federal homeland security grants to pay for snow cone machines, sports stadium fortifications and a training simulation that highlighted a “zombie apocalypse,” according to a report released Wednesday by Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla.

Coburn’s report said it is “uncertain” whether the more than $7 billion in grants handed out between 2003 and 2012 by DHS’ Urban Areas Security Initiative has contributed much to preparing the nation for a terror attack.

The initiative, which the Obama administration this year proposed consolidating with other Department of Homeland Security grant programs, was originally intended to help high-risk urban areas prevent and prepare for terrorism attacks. Although the New York City metro area has been the biggest beneficiary, receiving about $1.4 billion since 2003, many other communities — such as in Bakersfield, Calif., and San Juan, Puerto Rico — have also gotten funding, the report said.

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