There is still no deal on the horizon on a multiyear Federal Aviation Administration bill, so Congress has approved another short extension. It would carry FAA activities, including Airport Improvement Program construction grants, through July 22. The bill, which the Senate passed on June 27 and the House cleared three days earlier, is the 20th stopgap since Sept. 30, 2007, when the last long-term FAA measure expired. The 19th extension was to lapse on June 30.
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.