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Anti-terror grants fight car thieves, economic downturn, the undead, report says

A grant program administered by the Department of Homeland Security has morphed from a fund designed to fight terror into a pork-barrel program that pads local governments’ budgets, according to a report to be released Wednesday by Sen. Tom Coburn (R., Okla.).

The report, titled “Safety at Any Price: Assessing the Impact of Homeland Security Spending in U.S. Cities,” focuses on Homeland Security’s Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI).

“Since 2003, DHS has spent $35 billion on grant programs that were intended to make Americans safer from terrorist attacks,” a spokesman for Sen. Coburn wrote in an email. “But DHS failed to establish goals or metrics to ensure that funds were used to make Americans safe and cannot say how much safer we are today after spending $35 billion.”

The report says the UASI grant program has ballooned beyond its original intent and lacks the oversight and rigorous measurements needed to determine its effectiveness.

The report also points out numerous examples of wasteful and inappropriate spending by grant recipients.

One example of wasteful spending highlighted by the report is a security conference for which the grant money paid the $1,000 entrance fee.

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  1. Death_By_Farts

    December 5th, 2012

    The undead…

    Okay, when the DHS starts spending money to prepare for Z-day, now I’m really getting sore.

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  2. Wyatt, Insensitive Progressive Jerk

    December 5th, 2012

    Spending money to prevent overthrow by zombies is just silly. Everyone knows that zombies only eat the brains from living people, so the food stamp program should actually save money. Zombies don’t use public transportation, don’t need any Federal housing assistance, and I think that everyone can agree that public education for zombies is useless. “Aaaargh” is not really a form of good communication, so we can save money forgetting about ObamaPhones for zombies. And, here is the best part, zombies are already dead – resulting in a huge cost savings under ObamaCare.

    C’mon – show some love for the zombies because they may result in reduced governmental spending.

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  3. Ten Megaton

    December 5th, 2012

    Wouldn’t it be cheaper to just buy everyone a machine gun?

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