As much as $340 million in federal money to secure the Washington area against terrorism has been spent without a coordinated plan or a system for measuring how safe the region is, according to a new congressional report. The 53-page study by the General Accounting Office criticizes the Department of Homeland Security’s regional office for failing to track the spending and being unable to tell Congress whether critical security gaps remain. State and local governments in the Washington region received a massive two-year infusion of federal anti-terrorism funds after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in Washington and New York. Last year, Congress asked the GAO to assess the department’s performance in protecting the capital area, identifying vulnerabilities and monitoring use of the federal grants. Full Story
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