DHS grants total millions for IT

The Homeland Security Department's final allocations for $970 million in preparedness grants to state and local governments and private entities include millions of dollars for information technology programs.

The largest allocations are $389 million for port security and $389 million for transit security, including freight rail, intercity passenger rail, truck and bus programs. The ports will be able to use a portion of the funds for the Transportation Workers Identification Credential initiative.

The funds include $2.2 million for the Trucking Security program, which will distribute money to buy, install, and enhance tracking systems for tractors and trailers, and pay for systems to monitor, collect and analyze the tracking information, among other activities.

The allocations also include:

  • $33 million for the Emergency Operations Center Grant Program to help such centers develop interoperable communications.
  • $49 million for the Interoperable Emergency Communications Grant Program for planning, training, exercises and equipment related to improvements in cross-jurisdictional and cross-agency communications.
  • $49 million for the Driver’s License Security Grant Program to help states carry out the mandates of the Real ID Act of 2005.

About the Author

Alice Lipowicz is a staff writer covering government 2.0, homeland security and other IT policies for Federal Computer Week.

Featured

  • Contracting
    8 prototypes of the border walls as tweeted by CBP San Diego

    DHS contractors face protests – on the streets

    Tech companies are facing protests internally from workers and externally from activists about doing for government amid controversial policies like "zero tolerance" for illegal immigration.

  • Workforce
    By Mark Van Scyoc Royalty-free stock photo ID: 285175268

    At OPM, Weichert pushes direct hire, pay agent changes

    Margaret Weichert, now acting director of the Office of Personnel Management, is clearing agencies to make direct hires in IT, cyber and other tech fields and is changing pay for specialized occupations.

  • Cloud
    Shutterstock ID ID: 222190471 By wk1003mike

    IBM protests JEDI cloud deal

    As the deadline to submit bids on the Pentagon's $10 billion, 10-year warfighter cloud deal draws near, IBM announced a legal protest.

Stay Connected

FCW Update

Sign up for our newsletter.

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.