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Secretary Chao Joins President Trump in Announcing Historic Infrastructure Regulatory Reform

Posted by Secretary Elaine L. Chao

Today, I was proud to join President Donald J. Trump and hundreds of infrastructure workers and stakeholders in the closing event of “Infrastructure Week” at USDOT Headquarters in Washington.

It was a real honor to hear the President outline the Administration’s vision for improving America’s roads, railways, and other infrastructure projects.  We are so fortunate because this President is a builder who understands the challenges facing our country’s infrastructure better than any national leader in recent memory.

I am pleased to announce today that USDOT has published a Federal Register notice seeking public input on ways to identify and reduce unnecessary regulatory obstacles that too often stand in the way of completing important infrastructure projects across the nation.

USDOT is requesting input because public and private project sponsors, engineering and construction professionals, related industry organizations, and other transportation stakeholders are likely to have valuable direct experience with the Department’s requirements.  That experience supplements the Department’s employees’ expertise and may help identify when a requirement has become an unnecessary obstacle.

USDOT Deputy Secretary Jeff Rosen chairs the Department’s Regulatory Reform Task Force, formed earlier this year in accordance with President Trump’s Executive Order 13777, which directs each agency to establish an RRTF to make recommendations to alleviate unnecessary regulatory burdens.  The Task Force has already acted on what we’ve been hearing and identified dozens of ways to streamline the process.  But we know you can help us identify more.

As Deputy Secretary Rosen said, “This is part of a greater focus by the Administration to remain responsive to the needs of the public and industry, rather than pushing a ‘top down, government knows best’ approach to regulation.  We expect this process will help us uncover ways to assist in better deploying infrastructure – ways we hadn’t even thought of.”

If you have any ideas, we want to hear from you!  Please visit www.regulations.gov over the next 45 days and share your expertise with us.