Excellent points ! I certainly agree that oversight is needed (including performance monitoring) on any funding program and especially earmarks if they come back. I’m starting to think however that someone needs to provide guidance or lessons learned on how to develop and manage good competitive grant programs and processes. It seems to me that there are some poorly designed ones starting to show up.
AND. Ditto. I too work for contractor to a Department of Transportation agency and formerly to other agencies within DOT and I’m speaking on my own behalf only, not for my contracting company nor any Fed agency I currently or formerly have worked with.