Strategic Implementation

We support the practical application of federal environmental law and policy within agency programs and activities.  The Clark Group develops tools and strategic plans to support compliance by federal agencies and their applicants.  Services include:

  • Creation of federal environmental and regulatory guidances for agency programs and grant applicants.
  • Research and drafting Memorandum of Understandings to support interagency compliance with regulations and policy.
  • Strategic planning for phased implementation of new law and policy.

DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS

VA staff wanted immediate guidance on the NEPA process for construction projects while VA was initiating a multi-year regulatory process to revise its existing NEPA procedures.  The Clark Group designed a phased implementation plan for the early release of an interim guidance, which coordinated policies with the draft NEPA procedures under development to ensure consistency between the two documents without imposing new requirements on VA staff. 

THE NATURE CONSERVANCY

The Nature Conservancy was looking for ways to support incorporation of marine stewardship principles into agency programs and activities. The marine stewardship principles were adopted by Executive Order 13547, Stewardship of the Ocean, Our Coasts and the Great Lakes and advance ocean and coastal planning with federal agencies. The Clark Group developed a phased implementation approach for incorporating the marine stewardship principles into the existing procedures, policies and activities of two federal agencies. 

federal emergency management agency

The Clark Group worked with FEMA, the Department of Homeland Security, the White House Council on Environmental Quality, and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation to develop the Unified Federal Environmental and Historic Preservation Review (UFR) Process for Disaster Recovery Projects in accordance with the Sandy Recovery Improvement Act of 2013. As part of this process, The Clark Group developed two guides, the UFR Guidance for Environmental and Historic Preservation Practitioners and the Unified Federal Environmental and Historic Preservation Review Guide for Federal Disaster Recovery Assistance Applicants to help practitioners and applicants navigate the UFR Process and interagency environmental reviews.

Additionally, The Clark Group developed several memorandums of understanding (MOU) to facilitate interagency compliance with environmental and historic preservation requirements.  The Clark Group developed: 1) a disaster-specific MOU template to facilitate interagency coordination for environmental reviews following a specific disaster; 2) template data-sharing MOU to advance data sharing between agencies; and 3) a draft MOU to facilitate compliance with specific environmental regulations between federal agencies.

NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION

The Clark Group developed a guidance manual implementing Executive Orders 11988, Floodplain Management and Executive Order 11990, Protection of Wetlands.  The Clark Group worked with NOAA to develop agency-wide policies and guidance, including development of a NOAA process chart to aid NOAA staff in complying with these requirements.  The Clark Group also integrated these requirements with NOAA’s process for complying with the National Environmental Policy Act.  The NOAA manual was commended by the Federal Emergency Management Agency upon review.

WHITE HOUSE COUNCIL ON ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY

On behalf of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, The Clark Group prepared A Citizens Guide to NEPA: Having Your Voice Heard (2007). This guide has been developed to help citizens and organizations that are concerned about the environmental effects of federal decision-making to effectively participate in Federal agencies’ environmental reviews under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The guide was developed in response to recommendations from the NEPA roundtables to advocate effective public involvement in the NEPA process.  The Clark Group drafted the outline and the guidebook, and coordinated with CEQ and the roundtable participants for comments.  The guide was subsequently published in the Federal Register.