For 2014, OSHA Activity Increases; Infrastructure Funding Proposals In Development

By Stephen Barlas, Washington Editor | February 2014, Vol. 69 No. 2

Attempts to authorize a supplemental funding mechanism get more feverish each year as congressional appropriations for the CWSRF and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds (DWSRF) continue to decrease. Federal agency budgets for fiscal year 2014, which began last Oct. 1, have been operating under a continuing resolution. That means they are set at the same level as in fiscal 2013, but were reduced further as a result of sequestration, the across-the-board cuts to each agency enacted in early 2013. That means the CWSRF is being funded at a level of $1.379 billion in fiscal 2014 and the DWSRF at $863.3 million. Congress was expected to eliminate the continuing resolution and set actual budgets for fiscal 2014 in an omnibus appropriations bill. Scott Berry, director, Utility Infrastructure Division, Environment and Trade, Associated General Contractors, does not expect the SRF budgets to increase over what they were in the continuing resolution. If anything, they will be reduced.