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Program Alternatives – 36 CFR § 800.14

Program Alternatives – 36 CFR § 800.14
Alternate Procedures [§ 800.14(a)]

Programmatic Agreements [§ 800.14(b)]
Prototype Programmatic Agreement [§ 800.14(b) (4)]
Exempted Categories [§ 800.14(c)]
Standard Treatments [§ 800.14(d)]
Program Comments [§ 800.14(e)]

Program Alternatives – 36 CFR § 800.14

Section 800.14 of the ACHP’s regulations lays out a variety of methods available to federal agencies to meet their Section 106 obligations.  Each of these alternatives allows federal agencies to tailor the Section 106 process to meet their needs.

Alternate Procedures [§ 800.14(a)].  This program alternative allows federal agencies to streamline the Section 106 process by tailoring the process to the agency’s programs and decision-making process. Procedures, approved by the ACHP and adopted by the agency, substitute in whole or in part for the ACHP’s Section 106 regulations under Subpart B. The ACHP allows for flexible application of alternate procedures which can either be counterpart regulations of an agency or can include agency procedures that do not have to go through a formal rulemaking process.

Guidance on Alternate Procedures

Alternate Procedures issued by ACHP
Army Alternate Procedures (PDF)          

Programmatic Agreements [§ 800.14(b)].  Programmatic Agreements are the most commonly used program alternative.  This section allows federal agencies to govern the implementation of a particular agency program or the resolution of adverse effects from complex projects or multiple undertakings similar in nature through negotiation of an agreement between the agency and the ACHP.  In certain circumstances, the ACHP may also designate a specific agency agreement as a prototype agreement that can then be used for the same type of program or undertaking in more than one program or area.

Requests for copies of Programmatic Agreements should be directed to ACHP staff.

Current Status of Nationwide Programmatic Agreements issued by the ACHP

Prototype Programmatic Agreement [§ 800.14(b) (4)].  This section allows the ACHP to designate an agreement document as a prototype agreement that can be used for the same type of program or undertaking in more than one program or area. When a federal agency uses a prototype programmatic agreement, the agency may develop and execute the agreement with the appropriate SHPO/THPO without the need for the ACHP participation in consultation or ACHP signature. 

Guidance on Prototype Programmatic Agreements

NRCS Prototype Programmatic Agreement

NRCS Prototype PA FAQ

NRCS Authorization Letter

Department of Energy Prototype Programmatic Agreement

Army Interiors Prototype Programmatic Agreement

Army Interiors Prototype Programmatic Agreement Guidance Letter

Privatization of Army Lodging Prototype Programmatic Agreement

Privatization of Army Lodging Prototype Programmatic Agreement Guidance Letter

FEMA Prototype Programmatic Agreement

Guidance Letter

Exempted Categories [§ 800.14(c)].  This program alternative allows agencies to propose a program or category of agency undertaking that is exempt from further review under Section 106.  The ACHP may also propose an exemption on its own initiative. Exempted categories must be actions that would otherwise qualify as undertakings as defined in § 800.16 and the potential effects from the undertakings must be foreseeable and likely to be minimal or not adverse. Exempted categories must also be consistent with the purposes of the National Historic Preservation Act.

Exempted Categories issued by the ACHP
Federal Highway Interstate Exemption (PDF)
Natural Gas Pipelines Exemption (PDF)

Standard Treatments [§ 800.14(d)].  Standard treatments are a program alternative that allows the ACHP to establish standardized practices for dealing with certain categories of undertakings, effects, historic properties, or treatment options.  Standard treatments carry the ACHP’s explicit endorsements and can be applied by Section 106 users to assist them in complying with Section 106.  Federal agencies are not obligated to follow approved standard treatments but may elect to do so when they feel standard treatments will be of benefit in meeting their Section 106 compliance requirements.

Guidance on Standard Treatments

Program Comments [§ 800.14(e)].  This program alternative allows a federal agency to request the ACHP to comment on a category of undertakings in lieu of conducting individual reviews under §§ 800.4 through 800.6.  The ACHP may also provide comments on its own initiative.  Public participation is conducted by the federal agency requesting the comments and consultation with SHPO/THPO, Indian tribes and Native Hawaiian organizations is conducted by the ACHP.

Guidance on Program Comments

Program Comments issued by the ACHP (PDFs)

Army Capehart Wherry Military Housing
Navy & Air Force Capehart-Wherry Military Housing
Department of Defense Ammunition Storage Facilities
Department of Defense Unaccompanied Personnel Housing
Army Ammunition Manufacturing Facilities and Plants
Department of Defense Rehabilitation Treatment Measures
     Section 04100.01
     Section 04100.02
     Section 04100.01
     Section 04110.02
     Section 04400.01

Program Comment on GSA Select Repairs and Upgrades
Program Comment on Disposal of Navy Vessels
Program Comment on Projects Affecting Post-1945 Bridges
Program Comment on Extension of PAs based on DOE’s Prototype Programmatic Agreement
Program Comment for Positive Train Control
Program Comment for Wireless Communication Facilities Program Comment for Communications Projects on Federal Lands and Property

Last updated: August 7, 2017

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