Baltimore UASI successfully completes its participation in FEMA's Cost-to-Capabilities Pilot Phase II

November 16th, 2009

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An important part of the Center’s work is program management for the Baltimore Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI). The Baltimore UASI consists of Baltimore City, the city of Annapolis, and Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford, and Howard counties (all in Maryland), and is a grant award recipient in DHS/FEMA’s Homeland Security Grant Program. Through its governing body, the Baltimore Urban Area Work Group, the Baltimore UASI manages and utilizes its grant award funds for projects that improve the Baltimore region’s homeland security and emergency preparedness capabilities.

Recently, the Baltimore UASI successfully completed participation in DHS/FEMA’s Cost-to-Capabilities (C2C) Pilot Phase II. C2C Pilot Phase II is designed to create a tool to help the federal government evaluate the return on investment of grant award funds and to more efficiently and effectively allocate funds to improve capabilities.

For C2C Pilot Phase II, the Baltimore UASI participated in DHS/FEMA’s C2C Workshop and Prototype testing. Throughout, the Baltimore UASI’s program management drew upon its experience in furthering regional security and preparedness initiatives to provide insight and feedback as to how it would be best to implement the C2C initiative. In response to Congressional concerns about whether the tool, in its current form, would fully achieve its intended objectives, DHS/FEMA has suspended work on C2C Pilot Phase II to perform an internal evaluation of the C2C initiative and report its findings to Congress. With the perspective provided by the Baltimore UASI and other jurisdictions, DHS/FEMA now is analyzing the C2C initiative to determine how best to proceed to better improve regional, state, and national security and preparedness through federal grant programs.

Looking to the future, we are eager to see where the C2C initiative heads and what shape DHS/FEMA’s grants management approach ultimately will take.

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