Permitting: Finding a Path Forward

Hearing Date: September 6, 2018 10:00 am 2154 Rayburn HOB


  • To examine the economic cost of delays and inefficiencies in the federal environmental review and permitting system for infrastructure projects.


  • On average, it takes eight to ten years to obtain permit approval for large infrastructure construction projects in the United States. These delays increase the overall project costs and directly harm communities while they wait for vital projects like safe roads and clean drinking water systems.
  • On March 1, 2017, the Subcommittee on the Interior, Energy and Environment and the Subcommittee on Intergovernmental Affairs held a joint hearing on environmental barriers to infrastructure development.
  • On February 12, 2018, the Administration announced guiding principles for rebuilding the nation’s infrastructure, including streamlining and shortening the permitting and environmental review process for infrastructure projects.

Witnesses and testimonies

Name Title Organization Panel Document
Mr. Daren Bakst Senior Research Fellow The Heritage Foundation Document
Mr. Philip K. Howard Founder and Chair Common Good Document
Mr. Frank Rusco Director, Natural Resources and Environment Issues U.S. Government Accountability Office Document
Ms. Christy Goldfuss Senior Vice President Energy and Environment Policy Center for American Progress Document