The Permitting Council issued its Recommended Best Practices for Fiscal Year 2022. When Congress enacted the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), it added three new categories to the existing FAST-41 list of categories of best practices. To allow Permitting Council agencies to focus their efforts on implementing improvements within these new categories, for fiscal Year (FY) 2022, the Permitting Council is issuing recommendations for best practices exclusively in the three new IIJA categories. The linked report covers best practices related to:
- Improving preliminary engagement with project sponsors in developing coordinated project plans;
- Using programmatic assessments, templates, and other tools based on the best available science and data; and
The Permitting Council is conducting Government-to-Government consultations with Tribes in April-May 2022 to develop recommendations for the following new category:
- Engaging with Native American stakeholders to ensure that project sponsors and agencies identify potential natural, archeological, and cultural resources and locations of historic and religious significance in the area of the covered project.
The Permitting Council expects to issue those best practices in summer 2022. An amended document will be published that includes the tribal best practices.
These recommendations were developed through a collaborative and coordinated interagency process.