Even though earmarks have been banned in Congress, there are quite a few that still make their way into the President’s Budget. Since Congress does not deem these as congressionally-directed earmarks, Congress’ practice has been to include them in final relevant appropriations bills.
The task of making it into the President’s Budget is quite difficult if you don’t understand the process and the players involved. Our relationship with senior Administration officials has positioned us extremely well when it comes to dealing with the White House. Working with key contacts within the Executive Branch, despite cuts in project and program funding, we were able to secure a high amount of funding in areas of benefit to our clients.
The last two Administration budgets included nearly $50 million for our clients.
Some of our federal grant successes include:
- DOT – Secured $650 million in discretionary grant funding, including the largest Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery 1 and 2 grant awards.
- DOJ – Secured over $20 million in Community Oriented Policing Services Program and over $25 million in COPS Hiring Program.
- FEMA – Secured over $15 million in Pre-Disaster Mitigation Program.
- HUD – Secured over $2 million in Homeless Housing Assistance Program.
- Homeland Security – Secured over $10 million in Urban Area Security Initiative Program.