More top federal posts are being filled. The Senate on May 21 confirmed Maryland Dept. of Transportation Secretary John Porcari as deputy U.S.DOT secretary; Senate appropriations staffer Peter Rogoff as Federal Transit Administration chief; and Michael Connor, a Senate energy committee aide, to lead the Bureau of Reclamation. Long-time Dept. of Energy official Ines Triay was approved on May 20 as DOE assistant secretary for environmental management.
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.