GAC News Alert: Cuts in FY 2012 Programs


On Friday, May 13, 2011, the Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security reported out their FY2012 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations bill, containing major cuts in State and local government programs.

The Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program was funded at a level of $200 million from the current year FY 2011 level of $405 million.  This represents over a 50% cut in the AFG equipment program.  SAFER (hiring) grants were funded at $150 million, down 63% from its FY 2011 level of $405 million.

Please contact your Congressional Offices to encourage AFG and SAFER funding levels to be restored to their FY 2011 levels during the full Appropriations Committee mark up, scheduled for May 23, 2011.

As further background, other State and local programs, listed below, would be cut 50% below FY 2011 levels.  These programs would be combined and funded under a $1 billion discretionary program administered by the Secretary of Homeland Security.


                                                                         FY 2011 Enacted  (in millions)


State Homeland Security Grants                                            725


Urban Area Security Initiative                                                725


Metro Medical Response System                                             35


Drivers License Security                                                          45


Citizen Corps                                                                           10


Operation Stonegarden                                                           55


Interoperable Emergency Communications                              0


Transportation Security                                                         250


Port Security                                                                         250


Total                                                                                 2,095


If you have any questions, please contact John Granby, Ken Creese, or GAC Sr. Advisor Dave Gatton


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