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Release of Implementation Plan to Modernize Infrastructure Permitting

On May 14, 2014, the Interagency Infrastructure Steering Committee released “Implementation Plan for the Presidential Memorandum on Modernizing Infrastructure Permitting” This Implementation Plan identifies four strategies, 15 reforms, and nearly 100 both near-term and long-term milestones to modernize the Federal government’s role in permitting and review processes. Building a 21st century infrastructure in a manner that safeguards our communities and the environment is an important component of President Obama’s effort to strengthen our Nation’s economy, create new jobs, and improve U.S. competitiveness in the global market. In order to deliver these projects efficiently, Federal agencies seek to better synchronize and align their permitting and review responsibilities while ensuring that potential impacts on safety, security, and environmental and community resources such as air, water, land, and historical and cultural resources are considered and minimized. A fact sheet can be found here. In addition to issuing the Implementation Plan, Federal agencies have posted 11 new projects that will have schedules published to the Dashboard in the coming weeks.”.

Accelerating Broadband Infrastructure Deployment

On June 14, 2012, President Obama issued Executive Order (E.O.) No. 13616, “Accelerating Broadband Infrastructure Deployment,” to facilitate wired and wireless broadband infrastructure deployment on Federal lands, buildings, and ROW, federally assisted highways, and tribal and individual Indian trust lands, particularly in underserved communities. The E.O. established and charged the Broadband Deployment on Federal Property Working Group (Working Group) with ensuring a coordinated approach in implementing agency procedures, requirements, and policies related to these topics. The Working Group has just completed their first Progress Report that is available here as well as created a GIS mapping tool and inventory of broadband resources to assist those interested in broadband deployment. The Federal Highway Administration has also published a report on successful broadband deployment in highway rights of way as well as other resources available here.

Creating Jobs Faster by Cutting Timelines in Half for Major Infrastructure Projects

On May 17, 2013, as part of the Administration’s effort to make America a magnet for jobs by building a 21st Century infrastructure, President Obama will sign a Presidential Memorandum that will modernize the Federal infrastructure permitting process, cutting timelines in half for major infrastructure projects while creating incentives for better outcomes for communities and the environment. By cutting red tape and shaving months, and even years, off the time it takes to review and approve major infrastructure projects, we will be able to start construction sooner, create jobs earlier, and fix our Nation’s infrastructure faster.