What GAO Found
The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2022, appropriated approximately $203.1 million to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for 122 projects at the request of Members of Congress. The act includes specific provisions that designate an amount of funds for a particular recipient to use for a specific project. These provisions are called “Congressionally Directed Spending” in the U.S. Senate and “Community Project Funding” in the House of Representatives.
GAO described, among other things, information about the intended uses of these funds, the recipients to whom they were designated, and when DHS expects recipients will have access to the funds:
The intended uses of these funds are to plan for and implement sustainable, cost-effective measures to reduce risks from future natural hazards; improve emergency management and preparedness capabilities; and prevent, prepare for, protect against, and respond to terrorist attacks.
The designated recipients of these funds are mostly tribal and local governments. The remaining recipients are higher education and other nonprofit organizations. Designated recipients are located across 34 states. Funding ranged from $36,000 to almost $10 million, with most recipients receiving less than $2 million per project.
DHS plans to obligate funds by September 30, 2022 to tribal governments and state administrative agencies and the amount of time it takes the state administrative agencies to distribute these funds to designated recipients will vary by grant program.
Why GAO Did This Study
The joint explanatory statement accompanying the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2022 includes a provision for GAO to review agencies’ implementation of Community Project Funding/Congressionally Directed Spending.
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