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The Administration’s Infrastructure Initiative

One of the top priorities of the Administration is to rebuild and modernize the Nation’s infrastructure. The Administration’s goal is to seek and secure long-term reforms on how infrastructure projects are regulated, funded, delivered, and maintained. By streamlining project delivery and removing barriers, the Administration hopes to incentivize and expedite the delivery of our Nation’s infrastructure.

The President has proposed a $200 billion Federal commitment to stimulate at least $1.5 trillion in new infrastructure investment. While much of the public and congressional interest regarding the Administration’s Infrastructure Initiative has been focused on the legislative principles, the Administration is also addressing infrastructure delivery through a range of policy and regulatory changes.

USACE fully supports innovative approaches and changes that will result in improvements in the delivery of our Nation’s infrastructure needs. The Infrastructure Initiative is an opportunity for USACE to apply new financing approaches and streamline business processes that will enable needed change to meet current and future needs of the Nation.

In addition to the Administration’s legislative proposal, USACE is also developing a work plan that identifies improvements that do not require legislation but could be resolved through policy or administrative changes.

Infrastructure Legislative Principles

The Administration has identified needed long-term reforms on how infrastructure projects are regulated, funded, delivered, and maintained through infrastructure legislative principles released on February 12, 2018. The principles are not legislation but they intended to form the basis for a comprehensive infrastructure bill. As such, the principles are conceptual and may change during the development of legislation.

The primary focus of USACE is on five areas that would directly involve Civil Works missions:

  • Water Resources - Remove barriers and create innovative delivery models
  • Inland Waterways - Promote opportunities for non-federal investments
  • Incentives - Incentivize non-federal investments through grants
  • Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) - Incentivize non-federal investments through low-cost federal loans
  • Permitting - Streamline permitting processes

Stakeholder Webinars

The USACE Infrastructure Team hosted two stakeholder webinars in June to discuss our efforts in response to the Administration’s Infrastructure Initiative.  We heard from stakeholders about ways USACE can streamline permitting and improve project delivery within our current authorities.  The slides that were presented during the webinar can be found hereA summary of the webinar sessions can be found here.

If you have questions regarding the webinars or the USACE’s efforts on the Infrastructure Initiative, please contact us at CW.Infrastructure.Team@usace.army.mil.

Related Documents

The documents listed below are related to the Administration’s infrastructure agenda.


Feedback on the Infrastructure Initiative relevant to the USACE may be submitted electronically to: