"Billions of tons of product valued in the trillions of dollars move through our ports annually, so even small improvements in our ports efficiencies have tremendous economic impact." RDML Timothy Gallaudet, Ph.D., USN Ret. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere, NOAA, July 2018


The Infrastructure Investment Integrated Action Team (IAT) facilitates the development of broad evaluation and decision criteria that are used to inform a whole-of-government approach to Federal infrastructure investment. The team focuses on developing tools that are value-added for practitioners at all levels of government, including Federal, State, local and tribal.


Decision tools for infrastructure investment will be used by decision-makers to better align Federal infrastructure investment across agencies, enabling a safer, more efficient, and resilient marine transportation system for the movement of our Nation's people and goods.

Integrated Action Team Leads

  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • U.S. Department of Transportation–Office of the Secretary
  • U.S. Department of the Treasury

Participating Agencies

  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Federal Highway Administration
  • Federal Maritime Commission
  • International Trade Administration
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • National Maritime Intelligence – Integration Office
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • U.S. Coast Guard
  • U.S. Department of Transportation
  • U.S. Department of the Treasury
  • U.S. Maritime Administration
  • U.S. Transportation Command

Federal Funding Handbook

The CMTS Federal Funding Handbook contains authorized funding, financing, and technical assistance programs for infrastructure in the marine transportation system. The purpose of the Handbook is to serve as a value-added tool for local and non-federal level practitioners as well as Federal stakeholders to identify Federal resources.

Activity and Milestones

  • April 2020: A new report, An Economic Analysis of Spending on Marine Transportation System (MTS) Infrastructure (April 2020) conducted by Inforum at the University of Maryland for the U.S. Committee on the Marine Transportation System (CMTS), demonstrates that increasing investment in marine transportation system (MTS) infrastructure above a business-as-usual scenario will improve U.S. economic performance. Specifically, we can expect additional MTS investment to deliver higher levels of GDP, more jobs, increased incomes, improved trade performance, and higher productivity. A Press Release and Executive Summary are also available.
  • November 2019: Fourth edition of the Federal Funding Handbook for MTS Infrastructure completed.
  • May 2019: Hosted panel on “Infrastructure in the Arctic, Building for Tomorrow,” with the Wilson Center for Infrastructure Week 2019. The panel touched on the changing environmental and social conditions of Alaska, projections of future activity, current maritime infrastructure projects, and deliberate inclusion of Alaskans in regional development.
  • June 2018: Hosted Industry Outreach Workshop on maritime infrastructure priorities and activities. This workshop involved leaders from eleven federal agencies addressing the priorities of infrastructure within their respective agencies.
  • May 2018: Hosted Speaker Series event in coordination with National Infrastructure Week 2018 on maritime infrastructure resilience as impacted by the 2017 hurricane season.
  • Spring 2018:Infrastructure Investment Resource Library published to CMTS website
  • Fall 2017: Third editions of the Federal Funding Handbook for MTS Infrastructure completed
  • August 2017: Webinar - Economic Impacts of Underinvestment in Infrastructure, Including The Marine Transportation System
  • May 2017: Hosted two discussions on the maritime infrastructure priorities for National Infrastructure Week 2017.
    • Maritime Infrastructure Needs of the Nation
    • Water Infrastructure Roundtable
  • May 2016: Resources on the importance of maritime infrastructure for our nation developed for National Infrastructure Week 2016, including an infographic and talking points.
  • June 2015: Completed a Compendium of the legal authorities for use of public-private partnerships (P3) across the Federal Government for the purposes of infrastructure investment.
  • June 2015: Completed the revision of the Handbook of Federal Funding Sources for MTS-Related Investments.
  • January 2015: Initiated, executed, and documented the CMTS-Cotton Club Roundtable discussion on P3’s. The Cotton Club is a chartered organization comprised of the trade and transportation attachés to many of the Western European Embassies in Washington, DC, as well as Japan, Singapore and Australia. Proceedings were presented to the Coordinating Board in June 2015.
  • February 2014: The IAT Co-leads developed the agenda and presentations for a CMTS Roundtable hosted by the Department of the Treasury “Improving Infrastructure Investment Decisions in the MTS: Furthering Interagency Conversation”.
  • October 2013: The IAT presented the beta-test framework of cross-modal investment decision criteria.
  • April 2013: The Coordinating Board accepted the final “Handbook of Federal Funding Sources for Infrastructure Investment.”
  • December 2012: The IAT delivered a complete Transportation Funding Map of Federal Intermodal Infrastructure Investment to the Coordinating Board
  • Summer 2012: The IAT provided technical expertise to the White House Task Force on Ports Working Group.
  • June 2012: The U.S. Department of Treasury delivered a comprehensive review of MTS-related benefit techniques.
  • June 2012: The Coordinating Board approved the IAT’s Terms of Reference and Work Plan.
  • May 2012: The IAT delivered the MTS-related literature search to the White House Task Force on Ports.
  • March 2012: The IAT was approved by the Coordinating Board.

Future Plans

  • Ongoing: Continue to provide support and technical expertise for various White House initiatives, including the Build America Infrastructure Investment Center and the Quadrennial Energy Review.