A new, one-month extension for Federal Aviation Administration programs, including the agency's airport construction grants, has been signed into law. President Obama signed the measure into law on July 2, one day before the previous stopgap was to expire. Final congressional approval came on June 30, when the Senate passed the measure. The House had cleared it one day earlier. The new stopgap is the 14th extension since September 2007, when the last multi-year FAA bill was enacted. The House and Senate have passed new multi-year FAA bills and lawmakers from the two chambers have been meeting to reconcile differences
The growing need to collect, store and analyze the huge volumes of data collected from infrastructure project stakeholders is generating a new growth area for construction-sector firms, IT vendors and professionals.