Unified Federal Review Applicant Guidance Open for Comment

Oct 30, 2014 | News & Views, What's New

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.