Infrastructure & Executive Order 13807
The Administration strongly supports the development of modern, resilient infrastructure, including for the transportation, energy, and other critical sectors of our economy. For many infrastructure projects, the permitting process can be fragmented, inefficient, unpredictable, and costly.
Recognizing these challenges, in August 2017, President Trump issued Executive Order (EO) 13807, to reduce unnecessary duplication and uncertainty in the Federal environmental review and authorization process that can delay major infrastructure projects and hold back the American economy.
- EO 13807, titled, “Establishing Discipline and Accountability in the Environmental Review and Permitting Process for Infrastructure Projects”
- CEQ’s Initial List of Actions to enhance and modernize the environmental review and decision-making process was issued in September 2017.
EO 13807 established a One Federal Decision policy for Federal environmental reviews of major infrastructure projects. The One Federal Decision policy sets a goal for completing environmental reviews for major infrastructure projects within 2 years. CEQ and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), in consultation with the Federal Permitting Improvement Steering Council (Permitting Council), developed a framework for implementing the One Federal Decision policy, and on April 9, 2018, 11 Federal agencies and the Permitting Council signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). Under the MOU, agencies have committed to greater coordination throughout the process to achieve the 2 year goal, including through the development of joint project schedules, in order to provide greater transparency, accountability, and predictability for project sponsors, applicants, and the public.
Implementation of the One Federal Decision policy:
- Framework Memorandum (March 20, 2018)
- Memorandum of Understanding (April 9, 2018)
The Federal Infrastructure Permitting Dashboard tracks the Federal government’s environmental review and authorization processes for major infrastructure projects.
Documents and Guidance Related to EO 13807:
- OMB Guidance Memorandum M-18-25, Modernize Infrastructure Permitting Cross-Agency Priority Goal Performance Accountability System (September 26, 2018)
- OMB/CEQ Guidance on the Applicability of EO 13807 to States with NEPA Assignment Authority Under the Surface Transportation Project Delivery Program (February 26, 2019)
- OMB/CEQ Guidance on the Applicability of EO 13807 to Responsible Entities Assuming Department of Housing and Urban Development Environmental Review Responsibilities (June 28, 2019)
- CEQ Letter to Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Neil Chatterjee Regarding Provisions of EO 13807 Relating to Records of Decision (August 22, 2019)
To comply with section 5(d) of EO 13807, CEQ will refer various requests for designation of State projects pursuant to EO 13766, titled, “Expediting Environmental Reviews and Approvals for High Priority Infrastructure Projects,” to the Permitting Council, Department of Transportation, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, as appropriate. Additional requests under EO 13766 will be reviewed by CEQ to determine whether a project qualifies as a high priority infrastructure project.
Executive Order 13766 Requests & CEQ Responses (Updated March 27, 2018):