Homeland Security Survey Shows Funding Concerns
- Pandemic influenza preparedness, which had fallen from the list of priorities in 2008, reemerged as a priority for the states as the H1N1 pandemic played out;
- More than half of states have placed their homeland security operations within a broader cabinet-level department;
- More than half of respondents have positioned their state's primary fusion center under the command of the homeland security director;
- Communications from DHS to the states continued to improve in 2009;
- A strong majority of respondents believe DHS should improve the grant allocation process and work with Congress to permanently restore allowable management and administration funding to 5 percent;
- States are struggling to sustain their capabilities with the amount of grant funding that is available to them and are hoping for some relief from the administrative burdens that come with that funding.