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 Collection: Congressional Research Service Reports
Assistance to Firefighters Program

Assistance to Firefighters Program

Date: February 14, 2003
Creator: Kruger, Lennard G
Description: The Assistance to Firefighters Program,1 also known as the FIRE Act grant program, was established by Title XVII of the FY2001 National Defense Authorization Act (P.L. 106-398). Currently administered by the United States Fire Administration (USFA) within the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the program provides federal grants directly to local fire departments to help address a variety of equipment, training, and other firefighter-related needs. The FY2004 proposal would place the fire grant program within the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Office for Domestic Preparedness, located within the Border and Transportation Security Directorate. Under this proposal, the Assistance to Firefighters Program would be removed from the USFA, which will remain in the DHS Directorate of Emergency Preparedness and Response.
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Department of Homeland Security: State and Local Preparedness Issues

Department of Homeland Security: State and Local Preparedness Issues

Date: February 6, 2003
Creator: Canada, Ben
Description: The Homeland Security Act of 2002 (P.L. 107-296) makes the new Department of Homeland Security (DHS) responsible for providing assistance to state and local governments to ensure adequate preparedness for all disasters, including terrorist attacks. Several federal entities with functions relating to state and local preparedness, ranging from entire independent agencies to units of agencies and departments, will be transferred to the new department.
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Electronic Congress: Proposals and Issues

Electronic Congress: Proposals and Issues

Date: January 28, 2003
Creator: Seifert, Jeffrey W & Petersen, R. Eric
Description: The events of September 11, 2001, and the subsequent anthrax incidents have prompted some observers to suggest creating a capability for a virtual or electronic Congress (e-Congress) that could function in the event of an emergency. Currently, it is unclear exactly how an e-Congress would be constituted and operated; however, a proposal (H.R. 3481) has been introduced to require the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to investigate the feasibility and costs of implementing a computer system for remote voting and communication for Congress to ensure business continuity for congressional operations.
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Terrorism and the Military's Role in Domestic Crisis Management: Background and Issues for Congress

Terrorism and the Military's Role in Domestic Crisis Management: Background and Issues for Congress

Date: January 27, 2003
Creator: Brake, Jeffrey D
Description: None
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Farm Disaster Assistance

Farm Disaster Assistance

Date: January 21, 2003
Creator: Chite, Ralph M
Description: None
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Terrorism Preparedness: Catalog of Selected Federal Assistance Programs

Terrorism Preparedness: Catalog of Selected Federal Assistance Programs

Date: January 6, 2003
Creator: Canada, Ben
Description: None
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State and Local Preparedness for Terrorism: Selected Policy Issues

State and Local Preparedness for Terrorism: Selected Policy Issues

Date: December 19, 2002
Creator: Canada, Ben
Description: None
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Farm Disaster Assistance

Farm Disaster Assistance

Date: December 18, 2002
Creator: Chite, Ralph M
Description: None
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Meeting Public Safety Spectrum Needs

Meeting Public Safety Spectrum Needs

Date: December 18, 2002
Creator: Moore, Linda K
Description: None
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Transfer of FEMA to the Department of Homeland Security: Issues for Congressional Oversight

Transfer of FEMA to the Department of Homeland Security: Issues for Congressional Oversight

Date: December 17, 2002
Creator: Bea, Keith
Description: None
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