Infrastructure Projects: Actions Needed to Fully Develop Performance Schedules for Environmental Reviews, Report to Congressional Addressees [open pdf - 7MB]
From the GAO [Government Accountability Office] Highlights: "FAST-41 [Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act Title 41] outlined specific procedures for improving the timeliness, predictability, and transparency of the environmental review and authorization process for certain infrastructure projects in 10 specific sectors, including pipelines, renewable energy projects, and electricity transmission. Congress included provisions in statute for GAO to review the efforts of the Permitting Council to implement FAST41. This report examines, among other objectives, the Permitting Council's process for developing and assessing implementation of best practices for environmental reviews, and the steps the Permitting Council has taken to develop performance schedules for the 10 infrastructure sectors. GAO reviewed the Permitting Council's documents and guidance; evaluated the council's process for developing performance schedules against selected GAO best practices related to the development of the schedules; and interviewed officials from federal agencies that are members of the Permitting Council, as well as selected project sponsors selected based on several factors, including projects' status and infrastructure sector."
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