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White House Unveils Guidance to Streamline Federal Infrastructure Review & Permitting Process

The White House has released new guidance that outlines changes designed to help federal agencies streamline the environmental assessment and authorization process for federal infrastructure projects in compliance with Title 41 provisions of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act.

A White House blog post published Friday says the proposed changes in the guidance seek to increase accountability and transparency in the federal environmental evaluation and permitting process, promote coordination of agencies’ environmental review schedules and publication of project-specific permitting tables in an effort to increase predictability.

Shaun Donovan, director of the Office of Management and Budget, co-wrote the post with Christy Goldfuss, managing director at the White House Council on Environmental Quality.

The document also unveils a framework that aims to monitor the community and environmental outcomes of covered federal infrastructure projects on the Permitting Dashboard.

The Permitting Dashboard is an online platform that works to help federal, state and local agencies, companies and the public to track the permitting and review process for infrastructure projects.

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