TSA will hand out $92.3 million for port security

TSA will hand out $92.3 million for port security

The Transportation Department is giving $92.3 million in grants to 51 ports nationwide to boost their security. About $78 million of the grants will go to secure facilities and $5 million to evaluate vulnerabilities, department officials said.

The remaining $9.3 million will fund proof-of-concept projects in new technologies, such as electronic seals for shipping containers, vessel tracking and electronic notification about vessel arrivals.

Transportation secretary Norman Y. Mineta said terrorism has 'renewed focus on the security of our transportation systems.' He and Coast Guard and local officials spoke today near New York's Staten Island Ferry landing.

Congress gave the funds to the Transportation Security Administration, which will manage the grants along with the Maritime Administration and Coast Guard. TSA is responsible for securing all U.S. modes of transportation.

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