In Colorado, Where the Homeland Security Money Goes

$1,500 on polo shirts noted, but many expenditures kept secret by state's sgencies


"He's not going to get my help to let a criminal know what agencies' vulnerabilities are," Beasley said. "If he wants to do that, he can do that on his own."

Beasley also criticized Grossman for failing to attend meetings on opening the records, and he defended the lunch purchases, including the one at Vail.

"That, to date, has been the largest exercise we've had," Beasley said.

"It involved several hundred people over several days, and maybe Dan Grossman ought to attend one of these things before he criticizes it," he said.

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The money trail

Here is a look at some of the homeland security grants awarded to state agencies in the past three years:

* $913,700 to the Colorado Department of Public Safety for three projects dedicated to homeland security. The largest of the projects was a $718,700 outlay to sustain the Office of Preparedness and Security through September 2006, including $116,338 for the director's salary.

* $664,400 to the Department of Personnel and Administration's Division of Information Technologies for radio equipment as part of an ongoing effort to improve communication among local, state and federal agencies across Colorado.

* $470,896.11 to the Colorado Department of Criminal Justice. Some of the money went to develop a state homeland security training program.

* $466,633 to the Department of Personnel and Administration's Communications Services Section to provide equipment to "secure the state's mail facility, the state capitol and the executive residence."

Among the expenditures was $84,605.74 to "install the underground fiber optics to supply telecommunication needs at the executive residence" and $26,594 for an X-ray machine at the state capitol that would be used to examine suspicious packages.

* $350,000 to the Colorado Division of Wildlife, largely for portable computers.

* $320,000 to the Department of Public Safety for personnel protection kits, gas masks, coveralls, ballistic helmets and other items.

* $252,681.47 to the Colorado Department of Revenue to improve security on a variety of fronts - including business processing, driver's license integrity, and inspection of commercial vehicles entering the state.

* $250,000 to the University of Colorado at Boulder's Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence to complete a "risk, capabilities, and needs assessment" for the nine homeland security regions in the state.

* $150,000 to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment that was to be used to "develop a system to be used for the protection of public health and safety . . . " The rest of the sentence and the following three pages of the document were blacked out.

* $150,000 to the Colorado State Patrol to purchase 18 mobile data computers.

* $125,000 to the Colorado Department of Veterans and Military Affairs to allow the Colorado National Guard to help with prevention of and response to an attack with weapons of mass destruction, an attack against a "special security event" or an attack against "critical infrastructure."

* $37,277 to the Colorado Department of Agriculture to simulate the deliberate transmission of foot and mouth disease at the Adams County Fair. Foot and mouth disease is a highly contagious disease almost exclusive to cattle, sheep, swine, goats and other cloven- hoofed animals caused by a virus. There is no known cure.