With As Much As $3.5 Billion Coming to DC, Councilmember Allen to Hold Roundtable on the District’s Build Back Better Task Force and Spending Federal Infrastructure Funds

On Wednesday, May 17, Councilmember Charles Allen, Chair of the DC Council’s Committee on Transportation and the Environment, will convene a government witnesses-only oversight roundtable on the D.C. Build Back Better Infrastructure Task Force, which was created by the Mayor in March 2022.

The goal of the roundtable is to understand the Executive’s preparations and priorities for how the District will spend close to $1.5 billion in guaranteed federal funding, with the possibility to apply for even more, from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and the Inflation Reduction Act. This funding is in addition more than $2 billion that will flow to agencies like DC Water and WMATA. The Committee will hear from key District officials who served on the Mayor’s infrastructure task force and now lead the process of directing and tracking this federal funding and the projects supported by it.

What: Public roundtable on the Build Back Better Taskforce
When: Wednesday, May 17 at 9:30 am
Virtual Roundtable Available on Zoom and Live on the Council’s Website
Who: Councilmember Charles Allen, Chair of the Committee on Transportation and the Environment
Jenny Reed, Director, Office of Budget and Performance Management
Lucinda Babers, Deputy Mayor of Operations and Infrastructure
Everett Lott, Director, Department of Transportation
Richard Jackson, Interim Director, Department of Energy and the Environment

“This is a can’t-miss opportunity to make massive investments in the future of our city’s roads, tracks, pipes, and grid,” said Councilmember Allen. “With so much funding on the way, DC residents deserve to know the Executive’s priorities for the task force and the process they’re following to make decisions that will ultimately affect every community.”

As noted above, this roundtable is focused on government witnesses, but the Committee will accept written testimony from the public sent to [email protected] until May 31.


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