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Show Me the (Grant) Money
By Dennis L. Bryant, Senior Maritime
Counsel, Holland & Knight were developed: (1) security assess- vulnerabilities and identifying mitiga- ments and mitigation strategies; and (2) tion strategies. The second was foractu- enhanced facility and operational securi- al security enhancements including ty. The first was focused on ascertaining facility access control, physical security.
Government Update cargo security, and passenger security.
On June 17. 2002, the Secretary of
Transportation awarded $92.3 million in grants for port security. Only $5 million
Dennis L. Bryant, Senior Maritime
Counsel at the law firm of Holland & Knight, Washington, D.C., is a contributing editor of MR/EN.
Following the mandates to enhance maritime security throughout the United
States, programs were developed to make federal funds available to partially offset the costs being imposed on the private sector. The programs, which started off with great fanfare, are in dan- ger of collapsing due to lack of contin- ued funding by Congress and attempts by the Administration to siphon off monies for other missions.
The first monies appropriated by
Congress for port security grants were in the Department of Defense and
Appropriations for Recovery from and
Response to Terrorist Attacks on the
United States Act, 2002 (Pub.L. 107- 117, January 10, 2002). This measure provided, in pertinent part, that $93,300,000 should be made available "to award competitive grants to critical national seaports to finance the costs of enhancing facility and operational secu- rity." The monies were to be derived from the $40 billion appropriated in the emergency supplemental appropriations bill enacted shortly after the September 11. 2001 terrorist attacks. No more than $1 million of the appropriated monies could be used for administration of the grant program. The grants were to be awarded based on the need for security assessments and enhancements as deter- mined jointly by the Under Secretary of
Transportation for Security, the
Maritime Administrator, and the
Commandant of the Coast Guard.
Establishment of the Port Security
Grants Program was announced by the
Secretary of Transportation on February 28, 2002. Two categories for grants
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