A recently-created page on the Fido.gov website provides comprehensive access to detailed information on the planned procurements at the Department of Homeland Security and its constituent agencies in FY 2007. I haven’t seen this information presented in such a comprehensive and timely manner in previous years, so kudos is due to the procurement shop for their efforts.
On an important side note, there’s an interesting description of a new opportunity at the DHS preparedness directorate, worth $20-$50 million, found within this database:
Provide National Domestic Preparedness Consortium member (New Mexico Technology) congressional earmarked appropriated dollars for training first responders.
If this is truly a “congressional earmark,” then it’s certainly well-hidden. I checked the DHS appropriations bills and conference reports for both FY 2006 and FY 2007, and I can’t find any reference to this. What’s up? Is this something that goes back to prior years? Or is this some kind of verbal or implicit earmark by someone in the New Mexico delegation?
Perhaps “New Mexico Technology” deserves this money, but not in this way. The DHS appropriations bills are relatively clean today, and everyone who cares about effective homeland security needs to work to keep them that way.