The Port Security Grant Program (PSGP) plays an important role in the implementation of the National Preparedness System (NPS) by supporting the building, sustainment, and delivery of core capabilities essential to achieving the National Preparedness Goal (NPG) of a secure and resilient Nation. The building, sustainment, and delivery of these core capabilities are not exclusive to any single level of government, organization, or community, but rather, require the combined effort of the whole community. The PSGP supports core capabilities across the five mission areas of Prevention, Protection, Mitigation, Response, and Recovery based on allowable costs.
Fiscal Year 2013 Port Security Grant Program
Total Funding Available in Fiscal Year (FY) 2013: $93,207,313
The FY 2013 PSGP is one of the Department’s FY 2013 grant programs that directly support maritime transportation infrastructure security activities. PSGP is one tool in the comprehensive set of measures authorized by Congress and implemented by the Administration to strengthen the Nation’s critical infrastructure against risks associated with potential terrorist attacks.
The vast majority of U.S. maritime critical infrastructure is owned and/or operated by State, local, and private sector maritime industry partners. PSGP funds available to these entities are intended to improve port-wide maritime security risk management; enhance maritime domain awareness; support maritime security training and exercises; and to maintain or reestablish maritime security mitigation protocols that support port recovery and resiliency capabilities. PSGP investments had to address Coast Guard identified vulnerabilities in port security and support the prevention, detection, response, and/or recovery from attacks involving improvised explosive devices (IED) and other non-conventional weapons.
Pursuant to the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002, as amended (MTSA), DHS established a risk based grant program to support maritime security risk management. Funding is directed towards the implementation of Area Maritime Security Plans (AMSP) and Facility Security Plans (FSP) among port authorities, facility operators, and State and local government agencies that are required to provide port security services. In administering the grant program, national, economic, energy, and strategic defense concerns based upon the most current risk assessments available shall be taken into account.
Certain ferry systems were eligible to participate in the FY 2013 PSGP and receive funds. However, any ferry systems that elected to participate and accept awards under the FY 2013 PSGP was not eligible for the FY 2013 Transit Security Grant Program (TSGP). Likewise, any ferry systems that elected to apply for funding under TSGP were not considered for funding under the PSGP.
By law, DHS must direct these funds to the Nation’s highest risk ports. To comply with this requirement, the PSGP covers a total of 145 ports identified as critical. Based upon USCG recommendations, these ports are aggregated into 90 discrete port funding areas. Eligible entities within other Port Areas covered by an AMSP may also apply for PSGP funds.
All port areas were assigned to groupings based on relative risk rankings. The highest risk ports were designated as Group I, lower risk ports were assigned to Group II. To ensure the highest risk ports received the bulk of available funds, the majority of funding was allocated to those port areas in Group I. Port areas competed for the funds allocated to their respective groups.