Port Protection Money Spent Insufficiently

    February 21, 2005

An internal audit at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security shows that money designated for port protection has been spent without the most vulnerable facilities being focused on sufficiently.

The Department of Homeland Security has put up hundreds of millions of dollars towards port protection since Sept. 11, 2001.

According to a New York Times article,

“The department distributed $517 million in grants for port security between June 2002 and December 2003, but less than one-quarter of the money had been spent as of September, the inspector-general found in an audit. Despite the big price tag, “the program has not yet achieved its intended results in the form of actual improvement in port security,” according to the audit.

The findings, released this month, were the latest to criticize the Homeland Security Department’s anti-terrorism grant program, which has come under attack as setting poor priorities. For example, Wyoming has received four times as much anti-terrorism money per capita than has New York, according to a congressional report.”

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