Report to the President: Rebuilding America's Infrastructure: Cutting Timelines and Improving Outcomes for Federal Permitting and Review of Infrastructure Projects   [open pdf - 184KB]

From the Executive Summary: "Building 21st Century resilient infrastructure is vital to American competitiveness, regional economic growth and development, and local jobs. Accordingly, you made a commitment in your 2012 State of the Union Address to 'cut the red tape that can slow down construction' of infrastructure projects. To fulfill this commitment, you signed Executive Order 13604, 'Improving Performance of Federal Permitting and Review of Infrastructure Projects,' on March 22, 2012. This launched a Government-wide initiative to cut review and permit decision-making timelines, while improving outcomes for communities and the environment. […] Since we launched this comprehensive effort, agencies have expedited the review and permitting of 50 major infrastructure projects, including bridges, transit projects, railways, waterways, roads, and renewable energy generation projects, with time savings ranging from several months to several years. These include 14 priority projects that were identified per your memorandum of August 31, 2011 ('Speeding Infrastructure Development through More Efficient and Effective Permitting and Environmental Review'), and an additional 36 projects of National or Regional significance, identified in line with EO [Executive Order] 13604. […] Agencies have also identified a set of best practices that should become the standard for how the Federal Government conducts infrastructure permitting and review. This report describes those best practices, which range from expansion of IT [information technology] tools to strategies for improving collaboration and integrating processes across Federal agencies. The report also presents case studies that show how different federal agencies successfully employed best practices."

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