Fragmented federal program structures and laws create enormous barriers to effective coordination across government agencies and levels of government. The next administration can advance the nation’s health and economic well-being and improve the effectiveness of taxpayer investments by creating the enabling conditions for federal, state, and local decision-makers and managers to adopt modern data analytics tools and practices.
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A uniform software tool for inputting building permit data would make the U.S. Census Bureau’s Building Permit Survey (BPS) more reliable, and it would also facilitate more fine-grained geographical analysis of new housing development.
The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (USBR) should prioritize funding water projects for local governments that would expand the production of new housing in their service areas if given the water resources to do so.
Congress needs to amend the definition of a manufactured home to remove the phrase “on a permanent chassis.” By doing this, Congress can eliminate wasted construction materials, allow new multifamily design options under the HUD Code, and unleash competition from factory-built manufactured housing.
The federal government should remove housing tax benefits for all landowners in cities that refuse to build housing at a necessary pace.