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President Trump Takes Steps to Reform Project Permitting Process

June 15, 2017

Establishes New Office to Root out Inefficiency

AGC of America brought Infrastructure Week to a close last Friday with President Donald Trump at the Department of Transportation.  In his speech, President Trump criticized the red-tape associated with obtaining project permits and approvals​, which can delay projects by a decade or more.  He signaled a new urgency within the Federal government to reform the permitting for infrastructure and announced a new office charged with modernizing and streamlining the process.

The office will reside within the Council for Environmental Quality.  “We will get rid of the redundancy and duplication that wastes your time and your money.” President Trump said when announcing the office, which will “help project managers navigate the bureaucratic maze” and create “a new online dashboard allowing everyone to easily track major projects through every stage of the approval process.”  The President also called for agencies to be held accountable for missing permitting deadlines. 

AGC has been leading the charge on permitting reform. Both Congress and the White House have turned to AGC for common-sense recommendations.  AGC has delivered solutions to the White House, to the regulatory agencies, and in testimony and letters to Congress.  

For more information, contact Melinda Tomaino at or Leah Pilconis at

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