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It’s Baaack! Bill to limit number of UASIs (Updated)

Once again, there are efforts afoot to limit the number of Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) cities.  However, this legislative maneuvering may be moot.  A combination of less funding and a new risk formula may result in less UASIs without legislative action.  Read on for a full explanation.

UASI program funds address the unique planning, organization, equipment, training, and exercise needs of high-threat, high-density Urban Areas, and assists them in building an enhanced and sustainable capacity to prevent, protect against, respond to, and recover from acts of terrorism.

The  proposed legislation, H.R.1555, was recently introduced by Rep. Nita Lowey [D-NY18] as an effort to limit the number of cities and funnel more funding to New York City. The bill’s stated purpose is: “To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to limit the number of Urban Area Security Initiative grants awarded and to clarify the risk assessment formula to be used when making such grants, and for other purposes.”