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FEMA holds briefing on President's FY 2017 budget requests for Homeland Security Grant Programs

from IAEM

FEMA held a Mar. 2 briefing on the President's request for FY 2017 for Intergovernmental Stakeholders at the National Governors Association in Washington DC. The presentation slides are available here. Questions were raised regarding the reason for the $460 million cut to the homeland security grants when the threat of terrorism is rising. The response was that the Secretary of Homeland Security had to make difficult choices on competing priorities. It should be noticed that this budget requests a change in structure (see page 3). Emergency Management Performance Grants, Firefighter Assistance Grants, State and Local Programs, U.S. Fire Administration, Flood Hazard Mapping and Risk Analysis, Pre-Disaster Mitigation and Emergency Food and Shelter have all been moved into a single account called "Federal Assistance." The budget request has frequently proposed to move EMPG and Fire Fighter Assistance Grants into other accounts, but supporters of these programs have successfully made the case with Congress for them to continue to be separate accounts. more

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