Business groups have led a growing movement to remedy the huge delays and uncertainties that plague infrastructure projects. The President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness highlighted the issue in a 2011 report, prompting the Obama Administration to launch an interagency initiative that includes an online Federal Infrastructure Permitting Dashboard.
Under the new law, 13 federal agencies, plus the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Council on Environmental Quality, will constitute a Federal Permitting Improvement Steering Council, chaired by a presidentially appointed executive director. By December, this group must develop generic performance schedules for each category of project. These schedules are to be reviewed and revised every two years. Further, no decision involved in a review can take longer than 180 days after the agency possesses the necessary information for assessment.