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.