By Nick Goldstein, vice president of regulatory & legal issues, ARTBA

The federal government is creating a system to track the progress of permitting reform within its agencies.

The Office of Management and Budget Sept. 26 issued a guidance document that directs agencies to publish permitting timetables, track how long decisions take, calculate regulatory expenses, and estimate additional costs caused by delays.  The memo is a continuation of the Trump administration’s “One Federal Decision” policy, which places one agency in charge of all permitting decisions and has a goal of completing environmental reviews for infrastructure within two years.

ARTBA will continue to work with the administration in its efforts to streamline the environmental review and approval process for infrastructure projects.