Defense Authorization Includes NRMCA-Supported Infrastructure Program
House and Senate negotiators reached agreement Monday night on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), the annual bill to authorize and set funding levels for America’s defense programs. The agreement included a program that NRMCA has supported, the Defense Community Infrastructure Program (DCIP). The DCIP will provide grants and funding to support local infrastructure projects near military installations. According to the joint summary, the DCIP will provide grants and supplemental funds to “assist states and local governments in addressing deficiencies in community infrastructure projects of facilities that are located outside of military installations but that support military installations.”
The DCIP was first included in the 2019 NDAA but was not funded. NRMCA advocated for the program to be renewed and funded, and the 2020 NDAA agreement includes $75 million in authorized funding. This is significant because it is infrastructure funding for concrete-intensive projects and is not reliant on the Highway Trust Fund or the Department of Transportation.