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Friday, July 7, 2006

Transportation Security Administration

July 7, 2006

This is the first grant cycle since completion of the Department’s Second Stage Review last summer and our creation of a unified Preparedness Directorate. The preparedness mission transcends the entire Department. Our approach to preparedness aggregates critical assets within DHS to support our operating components and the work of our external partners to prevent, protect against, respond to, and recover from threats to America’s safety and security. The Directorate serves a strategic integration function of people, funding and programs.

The new Preparedness Directorate includes the essential work of the Department’s Office of Grants and Training. In managing our grant programs, DHS is committed to supporting risk-based investments. We are equally committed to continuous innovation. As new infrastructure is built, existing facilities improved, or as our assessment of specific threats change, DHS grant programs will focus on being nimble and making high-return investments to combat terrorism.

The Transportation Security Administration has the lead for assuring that the grants accomplish key objectives such as aligning our grant making to the highest risk transportation facilities using refined risk- and need-based methods developed for grants. This process will hasten the development of an integrated risk-based decision making process for each regional area and agency, and will support implementation of the National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP) and achievement of the National Preparedness Goal.