Biden Administration Releases Bipartisan Guide to Infrastructure Law for State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial Governments

WASHINGTON, DC – Today the White House released the first edition of its guide to bipartisan infrastructure law to help state, local, tribal, and territorial governments leverage historic infrastructure investments in our nation. . The guide is a one-stop-shop on the law and contains the most comprehensive information yet on the more than 375 programs included in the bipartisan infrastructure law.

“This resource is a critical part of our extensive outreach work with state, local, tribal and territorial governments to ensure that the American people can benefit from this once-in-a-generation investment,” said Mitch Landrieu, Senior Advisor and Infrastructure Implementation Coordinator. “Building a better America is a joint endeavor that no one can do alone, and investing dollars in infrastructure will require significant coordination between the federal government, cities, states, tribal governments, community members and other key partners Our primary goal is to empower people across the country with information so they know what to ask, who to contact, and how to prepare to rebuild.

The guide is a roadmap of funding available under the act, as well as an explanatory document that shows direct federal spending at the program level. To that end, the White House has also released an accompanying data file that allows users to quickly sort programs funded under the act by fields such as agency, amount, recipient, or recipient name. program. The guide contains 12 chapters grouping bipartite infrastructure law programs by subject area. Each chapter contains a cover note explaining how to prepare to receive this funding, and these memos also identify additional resources that our partners can and should use to prepare, as the federal government prepares to distribute the funds from the bipartisan infrastructure law from new and existing programs.

Since President Biden signed the bipartisan infrastructure act more than two months ago, the Biden-Harris administration has taken the lead in delivering results. The administration has made key progress toward implementing the largest long-term investment in America’s infrastructure and competitiveness in nearly a century. More than $80 billion has been allocated to states from competitive formulas and programs for roads and highways, bridges, ports, airports and water systems. Additional programs are being rolled out to deploy high-speed internet, electric vehicle chargers, energy grid upgrades and clean energy demonstration projects.

Earlier this month, the White House infrastructure implementation coordinator sent a letter to governors recommending a series of preparatory actions, including the appointment of infrastructure coordinators to manage the flow of funds to their States. Yesterday he addressed the National Governors Association winter meeting. Landrieu also outlined steps cities can take to prepare for the United States Conference of Mayors, and he began deeper intergovernmental engagements with tribal chiefs, county officials, and territorial leaders through outreach calls, listening sessions and tribal consultations.

The White House also recognizes that state, local, tribal, and territorial capacity may be strained due to the pandemic, historical underinvestment, or simply challenges in day-to-day governance. A community’s lack of ability to apply for federal funds can create significant inequities — and for many communities, this will be the first time they’ve applied for funds from a set of federal agencies. While many funding streams in the bipartisan Infrastructure Act specifically earmark funds for disadvantaged communities, the White House Infrastructure Implementation Team will engage states, local governments, tribal governments, territories , federal agencies, philanthropies and others to leverage all available resources to rapidly deliver needed technical assistance and capacity to underserved communities. We intend to use this guide as an essential tool to accelerate and amplify the impact of this work.

Future phases of the guide will update dates, key timelines for program implementation, best practices, case studies, and links to key resources developed by the White House and key partners.

The landmark $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure act will rebuild crumbling roads and bridges, replace lead pipes, help provide high-speed internet access to all American families, and produce real results that will change the people’s lives for the better. These results will create well-paying, unionized jobs, support domestic manufacturing and supply chains, and position the United States to win the 21st century. As the administration implements the law, it follows through on President Biden’s commitment to ensure investments advance equity and racial justice, reach communities across the country – including rural communities, communities of color and communities of people with disabilities – and build the nation’s climate resilience. change.