White House Launches Accountability System to Track Environmental Approvals

The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) recently released a new memorandum (Memorandum M-18-25) establishing a brand new “accountability system” to track and score federal agencies performance in meeting the President Trump’s two-year timeline for completing environmental reviews and authorization decisions on “major infrastructure projects.” The memo requires, and outlines the procedures by which, all agencies that have a role in environmental approvals for infrastructure must regularly track and measure their performance in meeting a list of goals that aim to expedite and improve infrastructure permitting.  Agencies must submit tracking information to OMB and the Federal Agency Portal of the “Federal Infrastructure Permitting Dashboard.” OMB will score each agency’s performance, issue reports, and “consider each agency's performance during budget formulation and determine whether appropriate penalties... must or should be imposed.”
The guidance, intended to further implement Executive Order 13807, and related government actions are consistent with and complement AGC’s focus and recommended reforms for improving federal environmental review and permitting.  For further details, click here.
For more information, contact Leah Pilconis at (703) 837-5332 pilconisl@agc.org.


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