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Unified Federal Review Applicant Guidance Open for Comment
Thursday, October 30, 2014

Unified Federal Review Applicant Guidance Open for Comment

FEMA, in conjunction with its interagency Steering Group, announced the public review period for the Draft Environmental and Historic Preservation Guidance for Federal Disaster Recovery Assistance Applicants. The Draft Applicant Guidance is an important step in the implementation of the Unified Federal Environmental and Historic Preservation Review Process (Unified Federal Review). The Unified Federal Review was legislatively mandated in the Sandy Recovery Improvement Act. The law amends the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act and authorizes several significant changes to the way agencies may deliver Federal disaster assistance and establishes efficiencies that will expedite the recovery process. Additional information on the Unified Federal Review is available online.

The Draft Applicant Guidance will assist in navigating through and understanding Environmental and Historic Preservation compliance requirements when multiple agencies may be involved in funding or permitting a disaster recovery project. The guidance provides overview of the process for applying for federal assistance and permits. It also outlines types of information Applicants should submit to federal agencies to assist in expediting the Environmental and Historic Preservation review.

The development of the Draft Applicant Guidance has been led by the Unified Federal Review Steering Group, comprised of the Department of Homeland Security, FEMA, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, and the Council on Environmental Quality in coordination with its federal interagency working group. The input provided during the public review will inform the further development of the guidance.

To access the Draft Applicant Guidance and for further instructions on submitting comments, please visit the Unified Federal Review webpage. Comments can be submitted through Nov. 28, 2014.

 





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