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U.S. want more transparency in procurement of services, products and goods. The case of ARRA.

Investing in security has always been a gray area in many countries. Due to the nature of the business -security- the procurement of goods and services lacks transparency. However, the U.S. government and its  American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) is an effort to  provide for unprecedented levels of transparency and accountability so that people will be able to know how, when, and where the U.S. tax dollars are being spent.  Spearheaded by a new Recovery Board, this Act contains built-in measures to root out waste, inefficiency, and unnecessary spending.

In order to implement ARRA the Department of Homeland Security DHS list of projects to make the U.S. safer and more secure are the following:

St. Elizabeths/DHS Headquarters Consolidation:

  • $650 million ($200 million to DHS; $450 million to GSA)

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP):

  • $720 million for construction at land ports of entry ($300 million GSA; $420 million CBP)
  • $100 million for Non-Intrusive Inspection (NII) technology
  • $100 million for border technology on the southwest border
  • $60 million for tactical communications equipment and radios

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE):

  • $20 million for ICE automation modernization and tactical communications

Transportation Security Administration:

  • $1 billion for explosives detection systems and checkpoint screening equipment

U.S. Coast Guard:

  • $142 million for Alteration of Bridges program
  • $98 million for construction, which may include the following:
    • Shore facilities and aids to navigation facilities
    • Vessel repair/acquisition (includes High Endurance Cutter)

Federal Emergency Management Agency:

  • $100 million for Emergency Food and Shelter Program
  • $150 million for transit and rail security grants
  • $150 million for port security grants, no non-federal match required
  • $210 million for Assistance to Firefighter (AFG) grants for firehouse construction; maximum grant is $15.0M
  • $5 million expansion in authority for FEMA Community Disaster Loans
  • Requires the establishment of an arbitration panel to resolve Katrina/Rita public assistance disputes
  • All non-federal matching requirements for SAFER grants waived for FY 2009-2010

DHS Office of Inspector General:

  • $5 million to conduct related oversight and audits