New legislation introduced to Congress this year recommends over $11 billion in grant funding to be spent on technology-focused initiatives to prevent terrorist attacks and address key security vulnerabilities, according to a report released by INPUT, a provider of government market intelligence. Current top priorities in the homeland security agenda focus on increasing the dependency on highly technical solutions to protect the nation against terrorist threats at its borders, seaports, and within mass transportation systems.
The House Bill 153 "Rail and Public Transportation Security Act of 2005" is proposing $7.5 billion to be spent over the next five years to increase rail and public transportation security. The majority of the funding will be allocated to prevent the seizure of communications and infrastructure, as well as respond to any type of attack, whether chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, or explosive in nature. The prevention and response measures outlined in the bill include the need for inter-operable communications systems, protection for public transit operations, employee security preparedness training, and improved security surveillance systems.
The Senate Bill 12 "Targeting Terrorists More Effectively Act of 2005" is valued at $3.5 billion over the next five years. This funding will target border and port security enhancements and cargo container security upgrades. Large-scale technology projects in the bill include the implementation of radiation detection portal equipment and integrated cargo inspection systems.
INPUT's complete Homeland Security Technology Grants INPUT/Output report is available to clients of INPUT's Information Services subscription program. INPUT provides information services, industry analysis, consulting, software solutions, and events to help technology vendors win more government business, and to help government organizations further advance their IT initiatives. INPUT tracks more than a half trillion dollars in contract and grant opportunities within the US federal, state, and local government markets, as well as tender opportunities throughout the European Union and United Kingdom.