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Transportation and Housing Linking Up at Federal Level

The silos are breaking down in the federal government as the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Transportation are embarking on a shared plan to increase interdepartmental collaboration.

"Two of President Obama's Cabinet secretaries–Shaun Donovan of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Ray LaHood of Transportation (DOT)–are promising to make their bureaucracies work together. And not just in stuffy interdepartmental meetings in Washington, but in crafting their programs as they impact communities nationwide."

"For federal departments, historically known for working in their own "silos," largely oblivious to one another, it's a nearly revolutionary step."

"HUD funds have traditionally gone for public or affordable housing with little regard to whether it's located accessible to public transit or jobs. Conversely, major road or transit projects have received federal transportation assistance with an apparently blind eye to whether they connect working class people to jobs or serve housing projects."

Full Story: Agencies Collaborating: Affair of the Year

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