In an effort to shorten the time to get approvals for key infrastructure projects, President Trump signed Executive Order 13807, One Federal Decision Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), designed to bring federal agencies together to work more efficiently.
The signatories of the MOU have agreed to an unprecedented level of collaboration in the environmental review process and include the:
- Department of the Interior
- Department of Agriculture
- Department of Commerce
- Department of Housing and Urban Development
- Department of Transportation
- Department of Energy
- Department of Homeland Security
- Environmental Protection Agency
- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
- Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
- Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
- Federal Permitting Improvement Steering Council
The MOU states one lead federal agency will be responsible for navigating each major infrastructure project through the entire federal environmental review and permitting process. Federal agencies will work with the lead agency for a project to develop a single Environmental Impact Statement and sign a single Record of Decision.
The lead agency will seek written concurrence from other agencies at important points in the process.
Federal agencies will follow permitting timetables established by the lead Federal agency, with a goal of completing the process within two years. Under the MOU, federal agencies will conduct their review processes at the same time, rather than sequentially, which has led to unnecessary delays.
The White House says the MOU will ensure interagency issues and disputes are elevated and resolved in a timely manner.
Click here to read the One Federal Decision Memorandum of Understanding.