There is one summary for S.2038. Bill summaries are authored by CRS.

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Introduced in Senate (03/20/2002)

Homeland Security Block Grant Act of 2002 - Authorizes the Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to make homeland security block grants to States, local governments, and Indian tribes.

Requires grantees to: (1) prepare a statement of homeland security objectives and projected fund use; and (2) provide the Director with a certification that they have developed a homeland security plan that meets short- and long-term security needs and that they will comply with applicable laws.

Directs: (1) each grantee to submit to the Director a performance and evaluation report concerning the use of funds, together with an assessment of the relationship of such use to security objectives; and (2) the Director to encourage and assist national associations of eligible grantees, States, and local governments in non-qualifying areas to develop and recommend uniform record-keeping, performance reporting, evaluation reporting, and auditing requirements, to establish such requirements, and to make specified reviews and audits at least annually.

Lists activities eligible for assistance under this Act, including funding additional law enforcement, fire, and emergency resources, improving cyber and infrastructure security, and devising a homeland security plan. Provides that grants may be used to cover costs incurred for eligible activities on or after September 11, 2001.

Sets forth provisions regarding allocation and distribution of funds and matching requirements. Earmarks specified sums for State and regional homeland defense planning, Statewide training facilities and homeland best-practices clearinghouses, and first responder communication systems. Mandates nondiscrimination in programs and activities. Sets forth remedies for noncompliance with Act requirements.