Discretionary Transportation Grants: DOT Should Improve Transparency in the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America Program

The Department of Transportation awarded $1.5 billion in grants to 26 significant freight and highway projects in the FY 2022 Infrastructure for Rebuilding America program (INFRA). DOT combined some phases of the INFRA grant award process with 2 of its other competitive grant programs.

DOT has taken steps to improve the transparency of the INFRA award process—such as writing a new memo to explain the Secretary’s grant award decisions.

We found additional ways to improve transparency and ensure fairness in the INFRA grant award process. For example, we recommended clearly defining how applications are chosen to advance to the Secretary’s review.

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