Today, the White House announced a set of actions that will help accelerate construction of the Nation’s critical infrastructure projects nationwide. Specifically, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) issued a guidance memorandum to Federal agencies that establishes a set of metrics for tracking the permitting and environmental review of infrastructure projects; the Department of Transportation, Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Coast Guard and four other agencies released an update to the handbook, Synchronizing Environmental Reviews for Transportation and Other Infrastructure Projects (better known as the “Red Book”) and updated the Federal Infrastructure Permitting Dashboard.
Today’s announcement supports the Administration’s commitment to increase investment in U.S. infrastructure.
The guidance memo will require that agencies post project schedules – including all needed Federal permits and reviews – as well as progress made towards them.
The “Red Book” provides federal agencies, project sponsors, and consultants a “how-to” guide on ways improve the key permits and reviews required for these projects. The handbook was last updated in 1988.
The Dashboard, first created in 2012 to highlight a set of nationally-significant projects, has been updated to make it easier to find information about major infrastructure projects as they progress through the Federal environmental permitting and review process.
The Administration will continue to improve the Dashboard over the coming months, by adding new content, features, and functionality. Please, share your thoughts about what would be most useful. We look forward to hearing from you.