COFPAES Statement to Congressional Leadership on Earmarks vs. Project Authorizations

The newly-elected Republican majority in the U.S. House of Representatives is considering a prohibition on “earmarks,” the practice of designating funding for specific projects outside of normal Congressional processes. The Council on Federal Procurement of Architectural & Engineering Services (COFPAES) urges the leadership to act in a careful and responsible manner in developing and implementing this policy so that the infrastructure needs of the United States are not severely hampered.

Earmarks have become controversial as too many have been for marginal activities, do not contribute to national needs and goals, were not properly vetted or subject to transparency, and fail to meet Constitutional standards for federal government involvement.