Throughout its counties, California officials deal with the misappropriation of homeland security funding. Some of the smaller counties used the anti-terrorism funding for such minor repairs such as fixing courthouse doors, instead of becoming better prepared for future terrorist attacks. The money, approved by Congress to help officials better prepare for potential terrorist attacks, was distributed to the states following Sept. 11. "The federal government gave money to states ito parcel out in an attempt to get everyone talking about how to prepare for another terror attack. But that level of planning isn't happening."