Infrastructure & Executive Order 13807

On September 14, 2017, CEQ published a notice in the Federal Register announcing an initial list of actions it will take to enhance and modernize the Federal environmental review and authorization process for infrastructure projects.

To comply with Section 5(d) of Executive Order 13807, CEQ will refer various requests for designation of State projects pursuant to Executive Order 13766 to the Federal Permitting Improvement Steering Council, Department of Transportation and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as appropriate.  CEQ will, as appropriate in response to any additional requests from States, refer projects that qualify for designation as high priority projects in accordance with Section 5(d) of Executive Order 13807. The Federal Infrastructure Permitting Dashboard tracks the Federal government’s environmental review and authorization processes for covered major infrastructure projects.

To comply with Section 5(b) of Executive Order 13807, on March 20, 2018, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and CEQ signed a Memorandum titled “One Federal Decision Framework for the Environmental Review and Authorization Process for Major Infrastructure Projects under Executive Order 13807.”    Pursuant to that Memorandum, federal agencies signed a One Federal Decision Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which was announced on April 9, 2018.  Signatories to the MOU include the Departments of the Interior, Agriculture, Commerce, Housing and Urban Development, Transportation, Energy, and Homeland Security, Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, and Federal Permitting Improvement Steering Council. Links to the executive order and related materials are provided below:

Ocean Policy & Executive Order 13840

Executive Order 13840, titled, “Ocean Policy to Advance the Economic, Security, and Environmental Interests of the United States,” streamlines Federal agency coordination on ocean related matters through the establishment of an interagency Ocean Policy Committee (OPC).  The OPC, co-chaired by CEQ and the Office of Science and Technology Policy, will engage and collaborate with stakeholders to address matters involving the ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes waters of the United States. Executive Order 13840 directs the OPC to establish two interagency subcommittees, a Subcommittee for Science and Technology and a Subcommittee for Resource Management, to support the OPC and coordination among agencies to accomplish the goals laid out in Executive Order 13840.  Links to the Executive Order and related materials are provided below: