March 06, 2011

Earmark Ban Turns Focus on Federal Agencies, Grants Says David Gogol

Both houses of Congress have imposed moratoriums on lawmakers' requests for federal funds for their home states and districts, the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette reported in its story, "Earmark Ban Alters Ball State's, City's Plans."

Instead, federal agencies are deciding who gets money and who doesn't, the story said. Federal funding applicants will have to change with the political times, said David Gogol, vice chairman for Washington, D.C.-based B&D Consulting which does lobbying for Fort Wayne's city government.

"It shifts our strategy from having a significant amount of focus on Congress and earmarks to spending a lot of our time on agencies and competitive grants," Gogol told the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette. Whether seeking money for a project from Congress or from a federal agency, "there was competition in either case," Gogol said. "In both cases, you have to sell it."

In the story, Gogol acknowledged that cities such as Fort Wayne, with greater resources and expertise, might enjoy an advantage when competing for contracts from federal agencies.

"Fort Wayne has a lot of talent for flood-control projects, and we know how to work with the Army Corps of Engineers," Gogol told the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette. "Fort Wayne will stand out in competition for federal money in a way smaller communities won't."

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