Through the IIJA lens: Ways to curb fraud and improve risk management

This guide discusses the possibility of fraud and waste that the historic ‘once in a generation’ $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill (IIJA) will trigger and how this can be tackled effectively.

 

 

Scams and misappropriation of funds in large programs are not new. The U.S. government has routinely seen funds fall through the cracks of traditional governance and program oversight. Experts such as Stephen Street, president of the Association of Inspectors General, a nonprofit group, have suggested that 10% of the $1.2 trillion could be siphoned off. That is, $120 million of taxpayers’ money that may never make it to the roads, bridges, railways, ports, waterways, high-speed internet infrastructure, etc., it was meant for.

The lack of adequate oversight is a critical concern. The IIJA has no guidance or provision for monitoring and addressing waste and fraud. Risk experts have been saying that obsolete technology is among the handicaps the industry and federal agencies face to minimize or eliminate fraud. The history of capital projects in the U.S. is replete with instances of fraud, substandard execution, cost overruns, and the awarding of contracts in violation of norms. Boston’s Big Dig—the Central Artery/Tunnel project is a classic example.

Infrastructure investment should maximize the public benefit, improve the quality of life for constituents, and benefit local and regional economies. Given that delivering maximum benefits to the public is an important goal, preventing and measuring fraud is essential.

There are four ways to use technology to achieve this:

    • Utilize digital systems
    • Implement best practices
    • Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML)
    • A single source of truth

A crash course on the IIJA: Highway and bridge sectors

This guide discusses the funds made available by IIJA for the renovation and restoration of the federal-aid highway, bridges, transit, highway safety, motor carrier, research, hazardous materials, and rail programs.

This guide discusses the funds made available by IIJA for the renovation and restoration of the federal-aid highway, bridges, transit, highway safety, motor carrier, research, hazardous materials, and rail programs.

A reported 43% of our roadways are in poor condition, 7.5% of bridges are structurally unsound, and there is a $786 million backlog on road and bridge projects. If not addressed, the economic impact will cost trillions of dollars and risk the well-being of American citizens across the country.

The IIJA has injected an extensive $273.15 billion into the Highway Trust Fund for highways, roads, and bridges over the next five years. The funds will be spread across nine federal-aid programs and will vary state-by-state according to a specific formula that considers criteria such as population size.

Once state agencies receive the federal funds, there will be a great deal of autonomy on which projects will be undertaken. With the first portion of money scheduled for appropriation at the beginning of 2022, state agencies are rapidly preparing to launch new initiatives across the board, from shovel-ready projects to larger, more complex projects.

With a roughly 20% higher budget than 2021, the additional funds can be effectively used to correct many of the errors made to America’s transportation grid in the 1950s. To many, the bill is a path to the future through equity, sustainability, collaboration, and technology.

Why your small to midsize public agency needs a robust capital program management system

Learn how a wholly modern, robust software solution designed specifically for small to midsize public agencies like you can help manage your capital program, from planning through construction to operations.

 

Different departments independently plan, track, and manage infrastructure and facility projects with various tools resulting in inconsistency across departments. This process creates difficulty in establishing data and audit trails, managing schedules, and project controls. All these factors will slow down every aspect of your capital program, making it extremely hard to get an accurate snapshot of your project’s or program’s health. Gain valuable insights about how having a modern and concise way to manage your planning and project execution will help you save time, increase your team’s productivity, aid your agency in eliminating costly errors, and save money in the long run.

10 actions public agencies must take to digitize their capital programs

Gain valuable insights about the ten actions that your public agency should take to digitize your capital program to gain more control over your projects and adapt to technological trends.

The world is rapidly changing, and if your public agency does not keep up with the technological advancements, your capital program may slow down or get hindered. According to McKinsey, on an average, large capital construction projects are 20 months behind schedule and 80% over budget. Today, just about everything is digital, and the pandemic has rapidly accelerated this fact of life. The more connected your public agency is, the more control you will have over your projects. Moving your agency online entirely and deploying an enterprise-level system to replace your point solutions can be a big undertaking. We have compiled ten actions that your public agency should take to digitize your capital program.

  • Implement electronic signatures
  • Bring public engagement online
  • Integrate GIS capabilities with your current systems
  • Automate your workflows (and boost collaboration)
  • Ease the training and onboarding for current & new staff
  • Extend your project network with controlled access for consultants and contractors
  • Go mobile
  • Integrate (all of) your systems
  • Hire an expert
  • Introduce an enterprise-level solution

How to leverage the power of GIS in capital program management

Learn more about the different ways in which GIS (Geographic Information Systems) and PMIS (Project Management Information Systems) can work together in the construction industry for an enhanced operational performance.

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Today, construction management software is widely used to organize projects and capital improvement programs (CIPs). Simultaneously, geotagged data has become an important part of capital project lifecycle management. Therefore, it makes sense that PMIS be able to incorporate accurate, geotagged data into most activities. This data should also be easy for your users to access.

Read the guide to learn about the ways in which GIS and PMIS can work together in the construction industry.

  • Reports assigned to coordinates
  • Automatic coordinate capture
  • Useful reports
  • Leverage existing investments
  • ESRI integration
  • Regulatory compliance stored in one place

What is a Right of Way (ROW) Management Solution?

Right of way management requires attention to detail and thorough organization. Aurigo’s right of way product helps cities, counties, states, and public bodies manage the whole parcel purchase process.

 

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5 Right of Way System Must Haves

Land acquisition for right of way is a cumbersome process. Learn about the five components of your ROW System that you should consider to save time, money, and trees.

 

5 Right of Way System MUST HAVES

Introduction to Aurigo’s Right of Way Product

Aurigo’s online Right of Way product has everything you need to streamline the end-to-end parcel acquisition and land management processes. Watch this video to know more about our geo-located management.

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Aurigo’s Right of Way product gives you everything for data driven and geo located management of right of way:

  • Comprehensive Document Management
  • Mobile Appraisals and Surveys
  • Workflow and Approval Tracking
  • Online Reporting & Dashboards

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