Monday, April 13, 2009

Are these earmark lists legitimate?

Having faithfully posted all of the earmarks Frank LoBiondo is officially requesting, I now have to follow Daniel Walsh in noting that last year he only got 1/10 the amount he's requesting this year. It seems like publishing these requests is turning into more of an advertisement than a disclosure. Here's how I put it at Blue Jersey: Reforming earmarks, or boasting about them?:

I'm getting the impression that the latest earmark reform made them even more attractive. Last year, lawmakers had to disclose the earmarks they got placed in laws. This year, House members must disclose even their earmark requests on their websites. It's worked out fantastically for the South Jersey Representatives. The Courier-Post's headline is Earmarks may aid S.J.:

Transportation programs, beach replenishment projects, defense contractors, military bases, universities, hospitals and social service agencies would share hundreds of millions of federal dollars if New Jersey lawmakers succeed in inserting their requests for special projects into the 2010 budget.


The Press of Atlantic City has the more neutral LoBiondo, Adler post funding requests, and reporter Daniel Walsh points out that it's highly unlikely that these hundreds of millions will appear. LoBiondo's $192 million and Adler's $238 million sound impressive, yet last year LoBiondo got "only" $17 million.

While it's good that the earmark requests are not secret, I can't help but think this is all a free ad for the lawmakers: Look at the all people I stood up for! Vote for me! But in the rooms where no cameras are running, and no meeting minutes are posted to the web, I doubt very much that most of these earmarks are being seriously pushed.

LoBiondo Earmarks (Part 4 of 4)

The last of the astonishingly boring earmarks list as disclosed by Representative Frank LoBiondo. Note that the letter requesting the earmark is available at the website, which is a very nice touch.

Hooray for the Salem County Railroad.

Interior

* Cape May National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) Land Acquisition Program – requested by the New Jersey Audubon Society (11 Hardscrabble Road, Bernardsville, NJ) for land to be acquired for the Cape May NWR (24 Kimbles Beach Road, Cape May Court House, NJ). Project Description: “Wildlife refuge land acquisition project at Cape May NWR. Funding for [this project] is critical to preserving New Jersey’s rich biodiversity, protecting our natural resources, increasing recreational opportunities for our citizens and supporting our state’s growing wildlife –related recreation industry.”…Funding Requested: $1,100,000

* City of Millville, Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade – Phase I – requested by City of Millville (12 South High Street, PO Box 609, Millville, NJ). Project Description: “The project will upgrade the City’s Wastewater Treatment Plant which is approximately 50 years old and one of its most vital infrastructure components. It will create jobs, prevent an increase to sewer rate payers, and represent the City’s commitment to the environment and its future.”…Funding Requested: $4,620,000

* Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) Land Acquisition Program – requested by the New Jersey Audubon Society (11 Hardscrabble Road, Bernardsville, NJ) for land to be acquired for the Edwin B. Forsythe NWR (Great Creek Road, Oceanville, NJ). Project Description: “Wildlife refuge land acquisition project at Edwin B. Forsythe National NWR. Funding for [this project] is critical to preserving New Jersey’s rich biodiversity, protecting our natural resources, increasing recreational opportunities for our citizens and supporting our state’s growing wildlife –related recreation industry.”…Funding Requested: $1,050,000

* Supawna National Wildlife Refuge Land Acquisition Program – requested by The Conservation Fund (1655 North Fort Myer Drive, Arlington, VA) for land to be acquired for the Supawna NWR (197 Lighthouse Road, Pennsville, NJ). Project Description: “[Funding] to enable the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to help acquire an approximately 80 acre tract of land located within the boundary of the Supawna NWR in Salem County. ”…Funding Requested: $1,000,000

* Woodbine, New Jersey, Sewer and Water Treatment System Expansion – requested by the Borough of Woodbine (501 Washington Avenue, Woodbine, NJ). Project Description: “Sewer and water treatment expansion that will help facilitate the siting of the [ethanol] facility which will produce ethanol from algae and provide the basis of an alternative energy industry in Southern New Jersey that will yield economic benefits to the Borough [of Woodbine] and beyond.”…Funding Requested: $2,000,000


Labor and Health and Human Services


* A Socio-Ecological Community Action Model to Reduce Obesity and Increase Physical Activity in Galloway and Egg Harbor Townships – requested by The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey (P.O. Box 195 Jimmie Leads Road, Pomona, NJ). Project Description: “[The project] encourages partnerships among local and county governments, schools, businesses, neighborhoods, and community organizations to create healthier environments that encourage better nutrition and physical activity. Specific goals include increasing workplace activity and decreasing disparities in obesity in minority and low income populations.”…Funding Requested: $180,000

* AtlantiCare Special Care Center - Building Capacity for Improved Chronic Disease Outcomes in Atlantic County, NJ – requested by AtlantiCare (2500 English Creek Avenue, Building 500, Suite 501, Egg Harbor Township, NJ). Project Description: “The AtlantiCare Special Care Center project will build capacity for improved chronic disease outcomes in Atlantic County. [This] will provide very real improvements in health care for the people of the 2nd District and is consistent with national priorities in health care.”…Funding Requested: $2,000,000

* Bacharach Institute for Rehabilitation, Sleep Disorders Center – requested by Bacharach Institute for Rehabilitation (61 West Jimmie Leeds Road, Pomona, NJ). Project Description: “Relocation, expansion and upgrade of [Bacharach’s] Sleep Disorders Center. The Sleep Center offers a wide variety of tests to identify serious sleep disorders in both adults and children. Sleep problems are disruptive to physical and mental health and can cause significant problems during waking hours.”…Funding Requested: $250,000

* Children’s Intensive Emotional and Behavioral Program (CIEBP), Behavioral Training Series Initiative – requested by The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (34th and Civic Center Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA) for activities to be conducted in coordination with their Atlantic County Specialty Care Center (4009 Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing, NJ). Project Description: “The CIEBP program serves children ages 5-12 with severe emotional and behavioral disorders in the Atlantic, Cape May and Southern Ocean Counties. In an effort to partner with local school districts, [this program]seeks to create a Behavioral Training Series Initiative which would provide a broad range of teaching services to school officials so that they may be better prepared to address the depth and breadth of the behavior problems.” …Funding Requested: $100,000

* Newcomb Hospital Adaptive Reuse Project – Vineland Community Health and Wellness Center – requested by the City of Vineland (640 E. Wood Street, P.O. Box 1508, Vineland, NJ). Project Description: “The development of a community health and wellness center on the campus of what will become a regional health care and [health] training facility. [Will allow] the City of Vineland to be consolidate many of its health care services under one roof providing for improved operating efficiencies and benefiting from the synergistic relationships with our proposed health care partners.”...Funding Requested: $2,000,000

* NORC Senior Neighbor Network - requested by the Jewish Federation of Atlantic and Cape May Counties (501 North Jerome Avenue, Margate, NJ). Project Description: “The NORC Senior Neighborhood Network program [will allow] more than 300 residents in [the] local area, 55 and older, to age in place in better health, with less isolation and increased dignity.” …Funding Requested: $175,000

* Rowan University Algae-To-Ethanol Research and Evaluation - requested by Rowan University (201 Mullica Hill Road, Glassboro, NJ). Project Description: “A new initiative involving research, development, evaluation and commercialization of algae-to-ethanol production in southern New Jersey. The algae-to-ethanol project is consistent with our national and regional priorities in education and economic development, including fostering a high-technology economy and enhancing our energy independence.”…Funding Requested: $1,500,000

* Shore Memorial Hospital Surgical Pavilion – requested by Shore Memorial Hospital (1 East New York Avenue, Somers Point, NJ). Project Description: “Construction of a new surgical pavilion that will provide our residents with the most advanced technology and surgical experience possible. The Hospital is acquiring advanced digital cardiovascular, angiographic, and interventional imaging systems as part of the surgical pavilion projects which will enhance physicians’ abilities to treat their patients using minimally invasive techniques in lieu of major surgery.”…Funding Requested: $500,000

* Transitional Services for Students and Young Adults with Disabilities – requested by TOTALL ENVOLVEMENT INC. (71 Rainbow Trail, Malaga, NJ). Program Description: “[The project will] provide services to transitioning teens – from high school to post-secondary options – to ensure that students understand and consider all transitional options available through Federal and State mandates and then ensuring appropriate vocational and educational skills are acquired prior to the actual transition from the secondary environment.”…Funding Requested: $250,000

* Trauma Care for Vulnerable Families – requested by Center for Family Services (584 Benson Street, Camden, NJ). Program Description: “The Center for Family Services will work with established trauma care models to train staff and expand and enhance counseling and services in order to become better equipped to reduce a wide range of health, behavioral health and social problems in children and families.”… Funding Requested: $466,690


Military Construction:

* Dining Hall and Services Facility - requested by the 177th ANG Fighter Wing (400 Langley Road, Egg Harbor Township, NJ). Project Description: "The 177th FW is assigned 18 PAA F-16 aircraft and requires a properly sized and adequately configured facility to provide services and generate training and operational Air Sovereignty Alert sorties."...Funding Requested: $8,400,000

* Munitions Administration Facility - requested by the 177th ANG Fighter Wing (400 Langley Road, Egg Harbor Township, NJ). Project Description: "The 177th FW requires a propertly sited, adequately sized, and configured functional space to support conventional munitions administration, training and maintenance in support of 18 PAA F-16 aircraft."...Funding Requested: $1,700,000

* Replace Base Civil Engineer Complex - requested by the 108th Air Refueling Wing (McGuire AFB, NJ). Project Description: "The 108th Air Refueling Wing (ARW) requires properly sized and adequately configured facilities to house the base engineer administrative, maintenance, and training functions, and readiness (disaster preparedness). Facilities support daily activities associated with maintaining/ repairing base infrastructure and facilities for the ARW, and mobility requirements for the 108th Civil Engineering Squadron (CES) and readiness requirements."...Funding Requested: $9,700,000


Transportation and HUD:

* Aviation Research and Technology Park – requested by the South Jersey Economic Development District (226 North High Street Suite A, Millville, NJ). Project Description: "funding would be used to assist in the construction of facilities at the Aviation Research and Technology Park, an industrial park in Pomona, NJ which will facilitate economic development and new jobs in the region."...Funding Request: $1,000,000

* Hammonton Downtown Revitalization – requested by the Town of Hammonton (100 Central Avenue, Hammonton, NJ). Project Description: “This project will acquire, renovate, and adaptively reuse several blighted former industrial sites that exist within the Downtown Urban Core of Hammonton. It will become a destination for green technology corporations looking for sites with access to public transportation to headquarter their companies.”...Funding Request: $650,000

* Route 50 Tuckahoe River Bridge – requested by the New Jersey Department of Transportation (PO Box 600, Trenton, NJ). Project Description: “The funding will be used to replace the existing movable bridge with a higher and wider fixed span. This project will be beneficial to the state and is important for the South New Jersey region.”...Funding Request: $1,000,000

* Route 55/47 Interchange Improvements – requested by the County of Cumberland (790 East Commercial Street, Bridgeton, NJ). Project Description: “[The project would include] additional egress off Route 55 and the construction of local roads running adjacent to Route 47. These roadway improvements will have a positive impact for all county residents”...Funding Request $1,000,000

* Salem County Short Rail Line Rehabilitation – requested by the County of Salem (94 Market Street, Salem, NJ). Project Description: “[The funding] will be spent on the Phase IV rehabilitation of the 18 mile short rail line run by Salem County Transit. This project benefits numerous businesses and their workers along the line … If we are unable to complete this rehabilitation, businesses may eliminate jobs to counter the additional costs for trucking materials to their facilities.”...Funding Request: $2,000,000

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Frank LoBiondo Earmarks (Part 3 - Defense and Homeland Security Appropriations)

Part 3 of Frank LoBiondo's Earmarks Request Disclosure. I'm copying them all because who knows how long they will stay up, and this way it's easier to find them if the public is interested. All five of the Defense Appropriations requests were also requested in the Defense Authorization bill, so if you're reading the posts in order there's only one new one here.

Requests for the Homeland Security Appropriations Bill:

* Emergency Operations Center – requested by the City of Brigantine (1417 West Brigantine Avenue, Brigantine, NJ). Project Description: “To create a fully functioning and stand alone Emergency Operations Center with adequate backup power generation and the ability to communicate with governmental agencies, as well as other neighboring Emergency Operations Centers if a catastrophic event or incident were to occur.”…Funding Requested: $2,000,000


Requests for the Defense Appropriations Bill:

* Applied Communications and Information Networking (ACIN) - requested by Drexel University (3141 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA) with work to be performed at L-3 Communication, Communications Systems - East (1 Federal Street, Camden, NJ). Project Description: “ACIN addresses the challenges posed in the National Research Council’s report entitled 'Realizing the Potential of C4I: Fundamental Challenges' by matching DOD needs with academic and industrial capabilities in communications and information networking. The core objective of ACIN is R&D and commercialization of technologies that will revolutionize military capabilities, including doctrine and methods of operation.”...Funding Requested: $7,000,000

* Distributed Mission Interoperability Toolkit (DMIT) - requested by Accenture (Suite 400, 200 Federal Street, Camden, NJ). Project Description: “Successful execution of today’s complex military missions relies heavily on the ability to share real-time information in a joint operational environmental. This services-based architecture is critical to supporting joint and coalition missions/exercises that require rapid event staging, complex security levels, and involvement of diverse participants.”...Funding Requested: $7,000,000

* Force Protection – Non Traditional Weaving Application for Aramid (Ballistic) Fibers and Fabrics - requested by Absecon Mills, Inc. (Vienna and Aloe Avenues, PO Box 672, Cologne, NJ). Project Description: "By re-evaluating standard Industry design and manufacturing techniques for force protection technology, we believe Non Traditional weave designs of Aramid (ballistic) fiber coupled with new applications of microwave plasma treatments can enhance the strength of the fiber and result in enhanced individual mobility, ease of medical access, reduced weight, increased ballistic protection, cost effective savings and weight reduction of ballistic materials currently used."...Funding Requested: $3,586,000

* Senior Scout COMINT (Communications Intelligence) Capability Upgrade - requested by L-3 Communication, Communications Systems - East (1 Federal Street, Camden, NJ). Project Description: “As part of the Senior Scout ongoing mission, there is an immediate need to add improved COMINT capability to detect and characterize new, modern, low-power radio signals at extended standoff ranges in the presence of interference. The current systems are not able to detect these specific signal sets, which limits intelligence collection capabilities.”...Funding Requested: $4,000,000

* Software Lifecycle Affordability Management (SLAM) - requested by Price Systems, LLC (17000 Commerce Parkway, Suite A, Mt. Laurel, NJ). Project Description: “The Software Lifecycle Affordability Management (SLAM) project provides decision makers a means to understand cost tradeoffs in relation to both performance and Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). Development of the SLAM Service Oriented Architecture Cost Model (SOA-CM) enables the Army to determine which software lifecycle design/strategies realizes the greatest number of capabilities for the lowest possible cost, following the best possible schedule.”...Funding Requested: $5,000,000

Frank LoBiondo FY2010 Earmarks (Part 2)

Continuing from the previous earmarks post, I am posting Frank LoBiondo's requested earmarks for the upcoming year. This is part 2. LoBiondo, as you'd expect, has a lot aimed at the Jersey Shore. I hope the South Jersey Wind Turbines go through.

Commerce-State-Justice Appropriations:

* A Child is Missing – requested by A Child is Missing (500 SE 17th St, #101, Ft. Lauderdale, FL) with funds expected to be used in the Second Congressional District of New Jersey. Project Description: “A Child Is Missing assists law enforcement agencies across the country, including all law enforcement agencies in New Jersey and New Jersey’s Second Congressional District, in the first few hours a child, elderly adult (often with Alzheimer’s Disease) or disabled person is reported missing. The program is available (free of charge) to all New Jersey law enforcement agencies.”...Funding Requested: $350,000

* Challenger Learning Center of Southern New Jersey – requested by Educational Information and Resource Center (EIRC) (606 Delsea Drive, Sewell, NJ 08080). Project Description: “To establish a Challenger Learning Center at the South Jersey Technology Park at Rowan University. The Challenger Learning Center [seeks] to motivate students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.”…Funding Requested: $1,300,000

* GED Plus Programs in Atlantic City – requested by Covenant House New Jersey (929 Atlantic Avenue, Atlantic City, New Jersey). Project Description: “Job training/educational initiative [to be] launched out of Covenant House’s Community Service Center in Atlantic City, NJ. [The project] will serve homeless youth between the ages of 18-21 and will assist them in learning the skills necessary to find and retain employment with the ultimate goal of preparing young people for independent living.”…Funding Requested: $300,000

* KidsPeace Therapeutic Foster Care – requested by KidsPeace (National Headquarters, 5300 KidsPeace Drive, Orefield, PA) with project to be located in Cumberland County, New Jersey. Project Description: “A spectrum of services that includes psychiatric inpatient hospitalization, residential and educational services, therapeutic foster care, and community-based programs. The therapeutic foster care provided by KidsPeace is distinguished from other programs in the foster care field: (1) Children have psychiatric diagnoses and display exceptional emotional and behavioral needs, requiring more intensive and individualized care; (2) KidsPeace foster families are specially trained, certified, and supported to care for children with severe emotional and behavioral challenges and generally care for no more than two foster children in a home at a time; and (3) KidsPeace staff carry a case load of eight or fewer foster children, allowing a minimum of weekly visits to the foster home and 24-hour, seven-day-a-week support to foster families.”...Funding Requested: $400,000

* Middle School Drug and Safety Prevention Project – requested by D.A.R.E New Jersey, Inc. (292 Prospect Plains Rd, Cranbury, NJ) for statewide programs. Project Description: “To implement the new D.A.R.E. Middle School/Junior High School Program, “Keepin It Real”. This is a model substance abuse prevention education program on the SAMSHA National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP)."...Funding Requested: $354,742

* Nancy’s Place in Galloway, NJ – requested by Covenant House New Jersey (929 Atlantic Avenue, Atlantic City, New Jersey). Project Description: “Operational funding for Nancy’s Place, a program that meets the needs of homeless youth with severe and persistent mental illness. [The project] will serve homeless youth between the ages of 18-21 and will assist them in learning the skills necessary to find and retain employment with the ultimate goal of preparing young people for independent living.”…Funding Requested: $300,000

* New Jersey Mentoring Initiative – requested by Big Brothers Big Sisters Foundation of New Jersey (1259 Route 46 East, Building 3, Parsippany, NJ). Project Description: “Funds will be distributed to ten local Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies serving 19 counties to strengthen and expand one-to-one mentoring programs for At-Risk Youth. Big Brothers Big Sisters will also coordinate a statewide effort to recruit volunteer mentors and will host statewide best practices conference for other mentoring programs.”…Funding Requested: $895,000

* Partnership for Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Science – Summer Flounder and Black Sea Bass Initiative – requested by Recreational Fishing Alliance (176-B South New York Road, Galloway, NJ). Project Description: “[The project] will provide data on summer flounder and black sea bass to the NMFS, regional councils, and state regulatory bodies and participate in the assessment process carried out by these groups. Furthermore, data developed by PMAFS programs will be fully incorporated into data resources used to estimate maximum sustainable yield, and from this, yearly fishing quotas.”…Funding Requested: $1,500,000


Energy and Water earmarks:



* Absecon Inlet, NJ - US Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District (100 Penn Square East, Philadelphia, PA). Project Description: “funds would be used to continue channel depth monitoring”...Funding Request: $222,000

* Absecon Island, NJ – requested by the City of Atlantic City, NJ on behalf US Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District (100 Penn Square East, Philadelphia, PA). Project Description: "Funds would be used for periodic renourishment in Atlantic City and construction of the bulkhead along Absecon Inlet. “This funding is necessary on an emergent basis to protect our properties, retain our role as a tourist destination and to maintain the historically significant amenity.”...Funding Request: $17,600,000

* Brigantine Island, NJ - US Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District (100 Penn Square East, Philadelphia, PA). Project Description: “Funds would be used to perform necessary project monitoring.”...Funding Request $80,000

* Cape May Inlet to Lower Township, NJ - US Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District (100 Penn Square East, Philadelphia, PA). Project Description: “Funds would be used for periodic renourishment in Cape May City.”...Funding Request: $5,200,000

* Cold Spring Inlet, NJ - US Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District (100 Penn Square East, Philadelphia, PA). Project Description: “Funding would be used to repair the seawall and east and west jetty to ensure integrity of the inlet.”...Funding Request: $1,370,000

* Delaware Bay Coastline, DE & NJ Oakwood Beach, NJ – Elsinboro Township on behalf of the US Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District (100 Penn Square East, Philadelphia, PA). Project Description: “Funds would be used to complete a Limited Reevaluation Report and to draft the Project Partnership Agreement for the project in Elsinboro”...Funding Request: $250,000

* Delaware Bay Coastline, DE & NJ Reeds Beach to Pierces Point, NJ - US Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District (100 Penn Square East, Philadelphia, PA). Project Description: “Funds would be used to complete initial construction in Middle Township”...Funding Request: $5,000,000

* Delaware Bay Coastline, DE & NJ Villas and Vicinity, NJ - US Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District (100 Penn Square East, Philadelphia, PA). Project Description: “Funds would be used to complete initial construction in Lower Township.”...Funding Request: $7,800,000

* Great Egg Harbor Inlet to Peck Beach, NJ – City of Ocean City on behalf of the US Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District (100 Penn Square East, Philadelphia, PA). Project Description: “Funds would be used for periodic renourishment in Ocean City. The area has severe beach erosion and the threat of property damage is imminent.”...Funding Request: $6,800,000

* Great Egg Harbor Inlet to Townsends Inlet, NJ – City of Ocean City on behalf of the US Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District (100 Penn Square East, Philadelphia, PA). Project Description: “Funds would be used to continue initial construction in Lower Ocean City, Strathmere, and Sea Isle City. This project would have many benefits to the local economy, and valuable property is being protected”...Funding Request: $20,000,000

* Lower Cape May Meadows, Cape May Point, NJ - US Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District (100 Penn Square East, Philadelphia, PA). Project Description: “Funds would be used for periodic renourishment in Cape May Point, NJ”...Funding Request: $5,400,000

* New Jersey Intracoastal Waterway – Delaware River and Bay Authority on behalf of the US Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District (100 Penn Square East, Philadelphia, PA). Project Description: “This project provides for a channel 12 feet deep and 100 feet wide from Manasquan to Cape May and through the Cape May Canal. It is essential to secure necessary funding to complete this maintenance dredging. The Situation is serious and poses impact to a vital transportation and economic link between New Jersey and Delaware.”...Funding Request: $3,200,000

* New Jersey Shore Protection, Hereford Inlet to Cape May Inlet, NJ - US Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District (100 Penn Square East, Philadelphia, PA). Project Description: “funds would be used to complete the feasibility phase for the shore protection project affecting the Wildwoods”...Funding Request: $300,000

* New Jersey Alternative Long Term Nourishment Study - US Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District (100 Penn Square East, Philadelphia, PA). Project Description: “funds would be used to complete the feasibility phase to develop a regional sediment management system”...Funding Request: $475,000

* Oyster Revitalization in the Delaware Bay, DE & NJ – Rutgers University Haskin Shellfish Research Lab on behalf of the US Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District (100 Penn Square East, Philadelphia, PA). Project Description: “[Funds would be used] to enhance oyster recruitment, thereby increasing oyster abundance, sustaining habitat integrity, and providing an expanded resource to support the fishery.”...Funding Request: $2,000,000

* Pennsville Flood Control, NJ - US Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District (100 Penn Square East, Philadelphia, PA). Project Description: “funds would be used to begin construction of a project to reduce flooding in the vicinity of an dredged disposal site in Pennsville, NJ"...Funding Request: $4,951,000

* Pine Mount Creek Habitat Restoration, NJ - US Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District (100 Penn Square East, Philadelphia, PA). Project Description: “funds would be used to restore a dike and create a wildlife management area along the Cohansey River at the Mouth of Pine Mount Creek.”...Funding Request: $4,000,000

* Salem River, NJ - US Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District (100 Penn Square East, Philadelphia, PA). Project Description: “funds would be used to continue channel depth monitoring."...Funding Request: $100,000

* South Jersey Wind Turbines - requested by the South Jersey Economic Development District (226 North High Street, Millville, NJ). Project Description: “[Funding would be used] to construct wind turbines in Sea Isle City and Penns Grove, NJ on public lands that cannot be utilized otherwise because they currently serve as municipal waste sites."...Funding Request: 2,000,000

* Townsends Inlet to Cape May Inlet – requested by the Borough of Avalon, NJ on behalf of the US Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District (100 Penn Square East, Philadelphia, PA). Project Description: "Funds would be used for periodic renourishment in Avalon and Stone Harbor. “This funding is critical to the communities of Avalon and Stone Harbor. The area has been repeatedly subject to major flooding, erosion and wave attack and has been declared a National Disaster Area by the president on three separate occasions.”...Funding Request: $17,000,000

Friday, April 10, 2009

Frank LoBiondo's Earmarks Requests (Part 1 - Defense and Agriculture)

Dan Walsh of the Press of Atlantic City has written an article on the earmark requests by Frank LoBiondo and John Adler. Here's the key statistics:

LoBiondo, R-2nd, requested $193,025,432 in federal funding for a variety of projects, ranging from waterfront protection and beach restoration to defense funding on military bases and for private contractors. Last year, he ranked 183rd in the House by obtaining $14 million, according to a database kept by the nonprofit Taxpayers for Common Sense.


Now, these are just the requests, so plainly most will be turned down. This is the first year members are required to post their requests on their websites, so we cannot compare. The article states that LoBiondo's staff vetted and approved the requests. Also, some of these were shared with other Representatives. There does not seem to be any requirement for the format, and LoBiondo has posted his under his Legislative page under multiple separate pages -- fairly inconvenient. It's too long to make one blog post, so here are Defense and Agriculture:

Defense earmarks:

* Applied Communications and Information Networking (ACIN) - requested by Drexel University (3141 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA) with work to be performed at L-3 Communication, Communications Systems - East (1 Federal Street, Camden, NJ). Project Description: “ACIN addresses the challenges posed in the National Research Council’s report entitled 'Realizing the Potential of C4I: Fundamental Challenges' by matching DOD needs with academic and industrial capabilities in communications and information networking. The core objective of ACIN is R&D and commercialization of technologies that will revolutionize military capabilities, including doctrine and methods of operation.”...Funding Requested: $7,000,000

* Construct Arm and Disarm Aprons - requested by the 177th ANG Fighter Wing (400 Langley Road, Egg Harbor Township, NJ). Project Description: "The 177th Fighter Wing (FW) requires properly sized and configured pavement surfaces at each end of the runway that support the arming and disarming of aircraft. These aprons will also be used for final check and inspection of aircraft before takeoff and to make the weapons safe after returning to base. This work will eliminate a long-standing deficiency to mission requirements."...Funding Requested: $5,000,000

* Dining Hall and Services Facility - requested by the 177th ANG Fighter Wing (400 Langley Road, Egg Harbor Township, NJ). Project Description: "The 177th FW is assigned 18 PAA F-16 aircraft and requires a properly sized and adequately configured facility to provide services and generate training and operational Air Sovereignty Alert sorties."...Funding Requested: $8,400,000

* Distributed Mission Interoperability Toolkit (DMIT) - requested by Accenture (Suite 400, 200 Federal Street, Camden, NJ). Project Description: “Successful execution of today’s complex military missions relies heavily on the ability to share real-time information in a joint operational environmental. This services-based architecture is critical to supporting joint and coalition missions/exercises that require rapid event staging, complex security levels, and involvement of diverse participants.”...Funding Requested: $7,000,000

* Force Protection – Non Traditional Weaving Application for Aramid (Ballistic) Fibers and Fabrics - requested by Absecon Mills, Inc. (Vienna and Aloe Avenues, PO Box 672, Cologne, NJ). Project Description: "By re-evaluating standard Industry design and manufacturing techniques for force protection technology, we believe Non Traditional weave designs of Aramid (ballistic) fiber coupled with new applications of microwave plasma treatments can enhance the strength of the fiber and result in enhanced individual mobility, ease of medical access, reduced weight, increased ballistic protection, cost effective savings and weight reduction of ballistic materials currently used."...Funding Requested: $3,586,000

* Munitions Administration Facility - requested by the 177th ANG Fighter Wing (400 Langley Road, Egg Harbor Township, NJ). Project Description: "The 177th FW requires a propertly sited, adequately sized, and configured functional space to support conventional munitions administration, training and maintenance in support of 18 PAA F-16 aircraft."...Funding Requested: $1,700,000

* Replace Base Civil Engineer Complex - requested by the 108th Air Refueling Wing (McGuire AFB, NJ). Project Description: "The 108th Air Refueling Wing (ARW) requires properly sized and adequately configured facilities to house the base engineer administrative, maintenance, and training functions, and readiness (disaster preparedness). Facilities support daily activities associated with maintaining/ repairing base infrastructure and facilities for the ARW, and mobility requirements for the 108th Civil Engineering Squadron (CES) and readiness requirements."...Funding Requested: $9,700,000

* Senior Scout COMINT (Communications Intelligence) Capability Upgrade - requested by L-3 Communication, Communications Systems - East (1 Federal Street, Camden, NJ). Project Description: “As part of the Senior Scout ongoing mission, there is an immediate need to add improved COMINT capability to detect and characterize new, modern, low-power radio signals at extended standoff ranges in the presence of interference. The current systems are not able to detect these specific signal sets, which limits intelligence collection capabilities.”...Funding Requested: $4,000,000

* Software Lifecycle Affordability Management (SLAM) - requested by Price Systems, LLC (17000 Commerce Parkway, Suite A, Mt. Laurel, NJ). Project Description: “The Software Lifecycle Affordability Management (SLAM) project provides decision makers a means to understand cost tradeoffs in relation to both performance and Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). Development of the SLAM Service Oriented Architecture Cost Model (SOA-CM) enables the Army to determine which software lifecycle design/strategies realizes the greatest number of capabilities for the lowest possible cost, following the best possible schedule.”...Funding Requested: $5,000,000


Agriculture earmarks:



* Gypsy Moth Pest Management – requested by New Jersey Department of Agriculture (369 S. Warren Street, P.O. Box 330, Trenton, NJ). Project Description:“The gypsy moth is the most destructive forest insect pest to infest New Jersey's forests. Repeated defoliation by the gypsy moth represents a serious threat to New Jersey woodland and shade tree resources. This project will have significant benefits for southern New Jersey by offering cost share funds to local municipalities. The Department's Gypsy Moth Suppression Program is a voluntary cooperative program involving New Jersey municipalities, county agencies, state agencies, and the USDA Forest Service. In order to protect New Jersey's valuable forest resources, the Department conducts aerial defoliation and ground egg mass surveys, monitors the application and evaluates the efficacy of the spray material.”...Funding Requested: $2,000,000

* The New Jersey Cranberry/Blueberry Disease & Breeding Project – requested by Rutgers University Marucci Center for Blueberry and Cranberry Research and Extension (125A Oswego Road, Chatsworth, New Jersey). Project Description:“Research on breeding and pest management will provide continued support for the 50 million dollar a year industry. Past research has found bacterial anti-adherence mechanisms helping to fight urinary tract infection and dental caries, and other antioxidant properties. A major effort within the breeding program aims to enhance these health beneficial properties.”...Funding Requested: $650,000.