CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
The House is scheduled to consider H.R. 3980 under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage. H.R. 3980 was introduced on November 2, 2009, by Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX).
This bill amends the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to require FEMA to submit a report to Congress every two years for the State Homeland Security Grant Program, the Urban Area Security Initiative, and any other grants specified by the FEMA Administrator H.R. 3980 would also direct the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to develop plans to eliminate redundant rules related to reporting by grant recipients of the State Homeland Security Grant Program and the Urban Area Security Initiative. The bill requires FEMA to submit plans for improving performance metrics and a general assessment of performance of these programs.
The legislation specifies that each plan for improving performance metrics would be developed in coordination with State, local, tribal, and territorial governments, and would include a proposed timeline for implementation. Each program assessment would include a summary of the program's purpose, an assessment of the performance metrics, a summary of strengths and weaknesses, a description of how emerging trends affect the need to change the mission of the program, identification of best practices, and recommendations to improve the program.
The Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act established the Urban Area Security Initiative, which provides grants to high-risk urban areas for preventing and responding to acts of terrorism. That law also established the State Homeland Security Grant Program, which assists state and local governments in preventing and responding to acts of terrorism. According to the sponsor's office, FEMA has imposed "unnecessary" reporting requirements on the grant recipients which do little to help the agency determine how federal grants are improving preparedness.
According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), H.R. 3980 would have no significant cost over and would not affect direct spending or revenues.