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Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) (Washington DC - District of Columbia)

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    Funder Type

    State Government

    IT Classification

    B - Could fund technology as a primary component of the budget, if the agency receiving the grant chooses to use it for that purpose.


    U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency (HSEMA)


    The FY 2014 HSGP plays an important role in the implementation of the National Preparedness System (NPS) by supporting the building, sustainment, and delivery of core capabilities essential to achieving the National Preparedness Goal (NPG) of a secure and resilient Nation.  The building, sustainment, and delivery of these core capabilities are not exclusive to any single level of government, organization, or community, but rather, require the combined effort of the whole community.  The FY 2014 HSGP supports core capabilities across the five mission areas of Prevention, Protection, Mitigation, Response, and Recovery based on allowable costs.  HSGP is comprised of three interconnected grant programs:

    1. State Homeland Security Program (SHSP)
    2. Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI)
    3. Operation Stonegarden (OPSG)

    Together, these grant programs fund a range of preparedness activities, including planning, organization, equipment purchase, training, exercises, and management and administration.

    The UASI program is intended to provide financial assistance to address the unique multi-discipline planning, organization, equipment, training, and exercise needs of high-threat, high-density Urban Areas, and to assist these areas in building and sustaining capabilities to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from threats or acts of terrorism using the Whole Community approach. Activities implemented with UASI funds must support terrorism preparedness by building or enhancing capabilities that relate to the prevention of, protection from, mitigation of, response to or recovery from terrorism in order to be considered eligible. However, many capabilities which support terrorism preparedness simultaneously support preparedness for other hazards. Grantees must demonstrate the dual-use quality for any activities implemented that are not explicitly focused on terrorism preparedness. Urban Areas must use UASI funds to employ regional approaches to overall preparedness and are encouraged to adopt regional response structures whenever appropriate. UASI program implementation and governance must include regional partners and should have balanced representation among entities with operational responsibilities for prevention, protection, mitigation, response, and recovery activities within the region. In some instances, Urban Area boundaries cross State borders. States must ensure that the identified Urban Areas take an inclusive regional approach to the development and implementation of the UASI program and involve the contiguous jurisdictions, mutual aid partners, port authorities, rail and transit authorities, State agencies, Statewide Interoperability Coordinators, Citizen Corps Council(s), and campus law enforcement in their program activities. Grantees must also demonstrate the integration of children and individuals with disabilities or access and functional needs into activities implemented under this program.

    History of Funding

    The FY13 allocation to the National Capital Region was $51,839,027.

    Additional Information

    Awards made to the SAA for HSGP carry additional pass through requirements. Pass through is defined as an obligation on the part of the States to make funds available to local units of government, combinations of local units, or other specific groups or organizations. The State’s pass through requirement must be met within 45 days of the award date. Four requirements must be met to pass through grant funds:

    • There must be some action to establish a firm commitment on the part of the awarding entity;
    • The action must be unconditional on the part of the awarding entity (i.e., no contingencies for availability of SAA funds);
    • There must be documentary evidence of the commitment; and
    • The award terms must be communicated to the official grantee

    The SAA must obligate at least 80 percent (80%) of the funds awarded under SHSP and UASI to local units of government within 45 days of receipt of the funds. The signatory authority of the SAA must certify in writing that these obligations have been met. A letter of intent (or equivalent) to distribute funds is not considered sufficient. Award sub-recipients must receive their funds within 45 days from the date the funds are first made available to the grantee so that they can initiate implementation of approved investments. For the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the SAA must also obligate at least 80 percent (80%) of the funds to local units of government within 45 days of receipt of the funds. For SHSP awards, no pass through requirements will be applied to the District of Columbia, Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Any UASI funds retained by the SAA must be used to directly support the designated Urban Areas in the State.

    Under SHSP, the State may retain more than 20 percent (20%) of SHSP funding for expenditure made by the State on behalf of the local unit(s) of government. This may occur only with the written consent of the local unit of government, with the written consent specifying the amount of funds to be retained and the intended use of funds. If a written consent agreement is already in place from previous fiscal years, FEMA will continue to recognize it for FY 2014. If any modifications to the existing agreement are necessary to reflect new initiatives, States should contact their assigned FEMA Program Analyst.


    Tim Fitzsimmons, SAA contact and UASI program contact for the National Capital Region

    Tim Fitzsimmons, SAA contact and UASI program contact for the National Capital Region
    District of Columbia Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency
    Grants Division
    2720 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, SE
    Washington', DC 20032
    (202) 727-6155

  • Eligibility Details

    The SAA is the only entity eligible to apply to FEMA for UASI funds. FY 2014 UASI funds will be allocated based on DHS’ risk methodology and then on anticipated effectiveness of proposed projects. The anticipated effectiveness is assessed based on the applicant’s description of how the proposed projects, as outlined in the IJ, align with the Urban Area THIRA. Eligible candidates for the FY 2014 UASI program have been determined through an analysis of relative risk of terrorism faced by the 100 most populous metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) in the United States, in accordance with the Homeland Security Act of 2002, as amended. Detailed information on MSAs is publicly available from the United States Census Bureau at For details on program-specific funding amounts, refer to Appendix A – FY 2014 Program Allocations.

    Deadline Details

    The deadline to submit an application was May 23, 2014 at 11:59:59 p.m. EST. Similar deadlines are anticipated annually.

    Award Details

    The FY14 allocation to the National Capital Region is $53,000,000.


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