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One Federal Decision

Executive Order (EO) 13807 – Establishing Discipline and Accountability in the Environmental Review and Permitting Process for Infrastructure Projects was issued on August 15, 2017. It requires federal agencies to process environmental reviews and authorization decisions for “major infrastructure projects” as One Federal Decision (OFD). The EO sets a government-wide goal of reducing the average time to complete required environmental reviews and authorization decisions for major infrastructure projects to not more than two years.

On April 9, 2018, the Department of Transportation and several other Departments (e.g., Interior, Housing and Urban Development, Energy, Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) implementing the OFD under EO 13807. The OFD Memorandum of Understanding for Major Infrastructure Projects establishes a coordinated and timely process for environmental reviews of major infrastructure projects. It sets forth the agreement under which agencies will cooperate to complete environmental reviews and make authorization decisions for major infrastructure projects. Environmental reviews should be completed within two years, as measured from the date of publication of a notice of intent to prepare an environmental impact statement to issuance of a record of decision (ROD), and authorization decisions should be issued within 90 days of the ROD, except in certain circumstances.   

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Last updated: Wednesday, November 18, 2020