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Feds to revamp policy on cities’ anti-terror fund requests

Facing overall cuts in anti-terrorism financing, the Department of Homeland Security plans to announce today that it will evaluate new requests for money from an $800 million aid program for cities based less on politics and more on assessments of where terrorists are likely to strike and potentially cause the greatest damage, department officials say. The changes to the program, the Urban Area Security Initiative, are being driven in part by a reduction in the overall pool of money for anti-terrorism efforts. For 2006, Congress has appropriated $120 million less in these urban grants than for 2005. The program has also been criticized because, along with other Homeland Security programs, it has sent more anti-terrorism dollars per capita to sparsely populated states like Wyoming and Alaska than to states like New York and California. Full Story

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