The Clark Group’s Work Developing the Unified Federal Review

For the past year, The Clark Group has been working alongside the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Council on Environmental Quality, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation and numerous other federal agencies to develop the Unified Federal Environmental and Historic Preservation Review (UFR) Process.  The UFR Process aims to coordinate environmental and historic preservation (EHP) reviews to expedite planning and decision-making for disaster recovery projects. The UFR Process was established on July 29, 2014, by the execution of the Memorandum of Understanding Establishing the Unified Federal Environmental and Historic Preservation Review Process (UFR MOU) among eleven federal agencies involved in the EHP reviews associated with disaster recovery assistance. The establishment of the UFR Process was mandated in the Sandy Recovery Improvement Act (SRIA) of 2013, which added Section 429 to the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act.  The goal of this process is to streamline the EHP review that must be completed prior to the release of federal assistance or permits so that disaster recovery projects can proceed quickly without delay.  This effort will improve the federal government’s assistance to states, local and tribal governments, communities, families and individual citizens as they recover from future presidentially declared disasters.  TCG is happy to announce that the development of the UFR Process has been completed and that more information can be found at:

http://www.fema.gov/environmental-historic-preservation/unified-federal-environmental-and-historic-preservation-review