Management

Trump to create new council, office to fast-track infrastructure projects

Shutterstock image. Copyright: Lightspring 

President Donald Trump announced the creation of a new council and a new office to make the federal permitting process for infrastructure projects faster and more transparent.

Standing up the two new entities will simplify the permitting process, make it more transparent and cut through bureaucracy, Trump said June 9 in remarks at the Department of Transportation headquarters in Washington, D.C., capping a week-long series of events dubbed infrastructure week.

The purpose of the council is to provide a clear, expedited decision for infrastructure projects and "to help project managers navigate the bureaucratic maze," Trump said.

"Our goal is to give you one point of contact to deliver one decision -- yes or no -- for the entire federal government, and to deliver that decision quickly," he said. "We will get rid of the redundancy and duplication that wastes your time and your money."

Trump also said that the council will also increase transparency and allow the public "to easily track major projects through every stage of the approval process" by creating an online dashboard.

The council will also have an oversight component, the president added.

"This council will make sure that every federal agency that is consistently delaying projects by missing deadlines will face tough, new penalties," he said.

The purpose of the new office, located in the White House’s Council of Environmental Quality, is “to root out inefficiency, clarify lines of authority, and streamline federal and state and local procedures so that communities can modernize their aging infrastructure without fear of outdated federal rules getting in their way,” Trump said.

On June 8, the Transportation Department issued a notice on the Federal Register announcing it is reviewing its existing policy and regulations and is seeking public comments and suggestions by July 24.

About the Author

Chase Gunter is a staff writer covering civilian agencies, workforce issues, health IT, open data and innovation.

Prior to joining FCW, Gunter reported for the C-Ville Weekly in Charlottesville, Va., and served as a college sports beat writer for the South Boston (Va.) News and Record. He started at FCW as an editorial fellow before joining the team full-time as a reporter.

Gunter is a graduate of the University of Virginia, where his emphases were English, history and media studies.

Click here for previous articles by Gunter, or connect with him on Twitter: @WChaseGunter

Featured

  • Contracting
    8 prototypes of the border walls as tweeted by CBP San Diego

    DHS contractors face protests – on the streets

    Tech companies are facing protests internally from workers and externally from activists about doing for government amid controversial policies like "zero tolerance" for illegal immigration.

  • Workforce
    By Mark Van Scyoc Royalty-free stock photo ID: 285175268

    At OPM, Weichert pushes direct hire, pay agent changes

    Margaret Weichert, now acting director of the Office of Personnel Management, is clearing agencies to make direct hires in IT, cyber and other tech fields and is changing pay for specialized occupations.

  • Cloud
    Shutterstock ID ID: 222190471 By wk1003mike

    IBM protests JEDI cloud deal

    As the deadline to submit bids on the Pentagon's $10 billion, 10-year warfighter cloud deal draws near, IBM announced a legal protest.

Stay Connected

FCW Update

Sign up for our newsletter.

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.