The Search for the Center for Instrumented Critical Infrastructure Begins

Mary Katharine Ham
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Posted: Jul 18, 2007 12:07 PM
Why the earmark process must be reformed:

REP. FLAKE: I'm wondering in the report that accompanied the bill, it mentioned that the earmark was to go to the Center for Instrumented Critical Infrastructures. But the certification letter says that it's going to go to that but the earmark should actually go to Concurrent Technologies Corporation. Which is it, and if it is to Concurrent Technologies, why it isn't listed?

REP. VISCLOSKY (D-IN), ENERGY AND WATER SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRMAN: It's my understanding it will go to the Center for Instrumented Critical Infrastructure.

REP. FLAKE: Does that center currently exist?

REP. VISCLOSKY: At this time I do not know. But if it does not exist the monies could not go to it.

This is $1 million of your money, being thrown around by Jack Murtha, who requested the earmark but was not present to defend it.