Funding For Protection Projects And The Lack Of Communication Between Agencies

1452 Words Jul 14th, 2015 6 Pages
The most critical valid issues involving the politics of the government projects are the deal-makings necessary to get funding for protection projects and the lack of communication between agencies. Mayer (2013) noted that DHS grants are awarded not because the infrastructure in one area is rated higher than another, but because of political deal making. Egli (2013) argued that the old habit of “pork-barrel spending” as political gifts is detrimental to critical infrastructure protection and that the focus has to be on funding infrastructures that pose the greatest vulnerabilities to the nation. McNeil and Weitz (2010) concurred that the grant systems used today do not give funds to the projects that are the most vital to the nation’s security. All three emphasize how the old congressional system of allocating funding is impeding critical infrastructure policy and how the system needs changing. The repeated trend in the literature indicates that state and local officials not only have financial problems with CIP but also must waste additional money lobbying for their projects because the funds are not being given to infrastructures with the highest risk to the nation but to the areas that have the biggest political clout.
In addition to the stigma of “pork-barrel” CIP spending, the lack of communication between government entities and the public–private sector have impaired CIP. Even after such events as 9/11 revealed the obvious problem of lack of communication between…

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