The compromise defense policy bill lawmakers plan to consider authorizes $75 million for the Office of Economic Adjustment’s Defense Community Infrastructure Program (DCIP). The initiative, which supports community infrastructure projects that affect military quality of life, was first authorized in the fiscal year 2019 authorization bill but was not funded.
“Quality of life for military families is a priority for the state and local communities that enjoy the privilege of hosting military installations and should also be a priority for the federal government,” dozens of mayors wrote in an August letter to lawmakers in support of DCIP funding.
DCIP projects may include those focused on transportation, schools, hospitals, police, fire, emergency response, water, wastewater, telecommunications, electric, gas, or other utility infrastructure.
FEMA photo by K.C. Wilsey
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