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08-25-2014
An Economic Analysis of Transportation Infrastructure Investments

A high quality transportation network is vital to a top performing economy. Investments by previous generations of Americans – from the Erie Canal in 1807, to the Transcontinental Railroad in 1869, to the Interstate Highway System in the 1950s and 1960s – were instrumental in putting the country on a path for sustained economic growth, productivity increases, an unrivaled national market for good and services, and international competitiveness. But today, current estimates indicate that America’s transportation infrastructure is not keeping pace with demands or the needs of our growing economy, for today or for future generations. A well-performing transportation network keeps jobs in America, allows businesses to expand, and lowers prices on household goods to American families. It allows businesses to manage their inventories and transport goods more cheaply and efficiently as well as access a variety of suppliers and markets for their products, making it more cost-effect

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05-28-2014
Surface Transportation: Actions needed to Improve Documentation of Key Decisions in TIGER Discretionary Grant Program

In summary, we found that DOT did not document key decisions made during the TIGER V grant application evaluation and selection process and deviated from its established procedures and recognized internal control practices. Specifically, DOT did not document key decisions to accept and review applications received after the published deadline; (b) advance projects with lower technical ratings instead of more highly-rated projects, and its procedures were inconsistent with DOT’s internal guidelines; and (c) change the technical ratings of lower-rated projects selected for funding to the highest technical rating category. An absence of documentation of such decisions can give rise to challenges to the integrity of the evaluation process and the rationale for the decisions made. We are recommending that DOT establish additional accountability measures for management of the TIGER program including clear procedures for addressing late-arriving applications and for documenting and a

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05-09-2014
Beyond Shovel-Ready: The Extent and Impact of U.S. Infrastructure Jobs

For decades, policymakers have called for more spending on America’s infrastructure to stimulate job growth. Yet, as policymakers continue to direct attention to infrastructure, they do not always identify the exact types of jobs supported by these investments. By limiting infrastructure employment to construction alone, and viewing it largely in terms of stimulus spending, policymakers have not considered the breadth of infrastructure jobs found across the U.S. economy.

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