Critical Infrastructure: The National Asset Database
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON DC CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE
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The Office of Infrastructure Protection OIP in the Department of Homeland Security DHS has been developing and maintaining a National Asset Database. The Database contains information on over 77,000 individual assets, ranging from dams, hazardous materials sites, and nuclear power plants to local festivals, petting zoos, and sporting good stores. The presence of a large number of entries of the latter type i.e. assets generally perceived as having more local importance than national importance has attracted much criticism from the press and from Members of Congress. Many critics of the Database have assumed that it is or should be DHSs list of the nations most critical assets and are concerned that, in its current form, it is being used inappropriately as the basis upon which federal resources, including infrastructure protection grants, are allocated.
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