By: Dr. John Brown Miller The Trump administration’s Legislative Outline for Rebuilding Infrastructure in America will add the measurement of outcomes against infrastructure plans to federal grant policy. That is a revolutionary change for the better. The program includes $200 billion in new, direct federal spending over a ten-year period, designed to attract $1.3 trillion in
Congressional Infrastructure Dead End – Earmarks or Nothing By: Dr. John Brown Miller [Originally published by in The Hill on June 9, 2018.] Members of Congress are used to logrolling each other to move as many projects from their district’s wish list onto a joint list of projects that can garner 218 votes in the
Infrastructure Off-Track: the Gateway Project to New York By: Dr. John Brown Miller [Originally published by The Washington Examiner on April 8, 2018.] The federal role in financing state infrastructure remains upside down. Instead of using life cycle competition to confirm value for money, Congress remains focused on earmarking state projects in federal appropriation bills.
Pavlov’s Dogs and Federal Infrastructure Dollars By: Dr. John Brown Miller Miller was professor of civil engineering at MIT, chair of the ABA Section of Public Contract Law, and is an expert on infrastructure procurement. Miller is on LinkedIn and Twitter @JohnBrownMiller In a famous behavior psychology study, Ivan Pavlov’s dogs showed that human behavior
Infrastructure Cash Flows Offer Path to Better Service and Substantial Saving By: Dr. John Brown Miller [Originally published by TheHill on March 17, 2018.] We know what we have in our wallets, how it got there, and where it goes as it leaves. We make simple calculations to confirm that money coming in justifies expenses
Our economy – not government – needs to invest more in infrastructure. By: Dr. John Brown Miller [Originally published by the Washington Examiner on February 5, 2018.] Congressman John Faso’s Op Ed on January 23 presents the arguments for establishing an American Infrastructure Bank. The national grade of “D” grade received from the American Society
Our crumbling infrastructure can be fixed if we change how we fund capital investments and maintenance. By: Dr. John Brown Miller [Originally published by Route Fifty on December 18 2017.] In the United States, we routinely separate “capital” activities from “maintenance and repair” activities. This made sense in 1916, when Congress began funding the US
By: Dr. John Brown Miller [Originally published by civil + structural Engineer on December 1 2017.] This is Part 2 in a three-part series on the emergence of Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) in Infrastructure. To quickly recap Part 1, ERM has emerged as a $22 Billion market segment, with a more descriptive name – “the