Restoration Advisory Board
Technical Assistance for Public Participation
The TAPP - Technical Assistance for Public Participation program is a DOD
program that provides a mechanism for community members of Restoration Advisory
Boards and Technical Review Committees to obtain technical assistance. Its
purpose is to provide citizen and/or community groups with professionals to
assist them in their review of environmental issues at military installations.
For example, a TAPP process may involve helping the public understand
environmental remediation alternatives by providing an unbiased technical
analysis and recommendation.
How Does TAPP Work?
The Community members of a RAB (restoration advisory board) or of a TRC
(technical review committee) select a task specifically intended to enable them
to more effectively participate in and assist their installation's
environmental restoration program. Community members apply for TAPP funding
through the DoD (Department of Defense) Co-chairman of their RAB or TRC. In
accordance with federal statutory requirements it is the responsibility of the
DoD to prepare a Statement of Work and to actually procure a technical
assistance provider for the RAB or TRC. Community members of the RAB or TRC may
be requested to support the procurement process by reviewing and providing
comment on potential providers if more than one meets the established criteria.
DoD TAPP advisory documents assert that because the TAPP program takes
advantage of an accelerated procurement procedure using purchase orders support
of the RAB or TRC should become available within a very short time after its
need has been established.
The TAPP Newsletter is intended to provide the community members of the PAERAB
with timely updates about newly drafted documents, field activities at
Picatinny Arsenal, upcoming events related to environmental issues at the site,
and discussions at technical environmental partnering meetings. In addition,
notice of new or revised relevant Federal or State regulations are also
included. These newsletters are displayed on the PAERAB's website and they are
also distibuted to all of the local communities situated immediately adjacent
to Picatinny Arsenal. TAPP Newsletters are distributed to local elected
representatives and to interested individuals who have expressed an interest in
receiving information about the PAERAB's activities.