US House Members Propose Reforms to Infrastructure Construction Process

Legislation that seeks to advance infrastructure projects through innovative and open competition among suppliers was recently introduced by a bipartisan group of policymakers in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Under the Sustainable Municipal Access to Resilient Technology (SMART) Infrastructure Act, reforms to the procurement process would be supported to ensure efficient and sensible rebuilding of projects aided by federal funding.

The legislation also would establish an interagency task force that would prepare a report about the procurement process as well as the open competition for construction materials. Currently, a number of municipalities adhere to myriad regulations pertaining to the types of materials they may use for infrastructure projects, the legislation’s sponsors explained.