White House Unveils Plan for Accelerating Federal Permitting of Infrastructure
The White House has released a plan for implementing a March 22, 2012 executive order (EO 13604) that directed Federal agencies to streamline procedures for approving energy, transportation, and other infrastructure projects. The plan calls on all Federal agencies involved in approving infrastructure projects to publish by July 31 a list of their review and permitting responsibilities, as well as the time currently required to complete project review and permitting.
By December 31, 2012, agencies will be required to post targets for reducing those processing times. The plan also outlines a number of other actions the Administration intends to take, including development of performance metrics for Federal agencies; providing up-to-date online information on the status of infrastructure project reviews and approvals; and expediting the processing of projects of national or regional significance.