The Permitting Council has 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. In order to allow Permitting Council agencies to focus their efforts on implementing improvements within these new categories, the Permitting Council is issuing recommendations for best practices exclusively in the three new IIJA categories for fiscal year (FY) 2022. 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
- 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.
These recommendations were developed through a collaborative and coordinated interagency process.