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Home arrowNews arrow New Applicant Guidance for Unified Federal Review for Disaster Recovery

New Applicant Guidance for Unified Federal Review for Disaster Recovery

The ACHP, in coordination with the inter-agency Steering Group comprised of the Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and the Council on Environmental Quality, is pleased to announce the release of the Unified Federal Environmental and Historic Preservation Review Guide for Federal Disaster Recovery Assistance Applicants (Applicant Guide). The issuance of this Applicant Guide is an important step in the implementation of the Unified Federal Review (UFR) Process, established in July 2014 through an interagency Memorandum of Understanding.

The UFR Process provides federal agencies with opportunities to expedite environmental and historic preservation (EHP) reviews through enhanced coordination for all Presidentially declared disasters. The Applicant Guide will assist Applicants, (i.e. state and local agencies, Indian tribes, small business owners, individuals) in complying with EHP requirements when multiple agencies may be involved in funding or permitting a disaster recovery project. It also outlines the type of information applicants should submit to federal agencies to assist in expediting the EHP review.

To learn more about the UFR Process and to access the Applicant Guide, please visit the Unified Federal Review webpage https://www.fema.gov/unified-federal-environmental-and-historic-preservation-review-presidentially-declared-disasters.

Posted September 8, 2015