On December 4, 2015, the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act was signed into law. Title 41 of the FAST Act (FAST-41) (42 U.S.C. § 4370m) created a new governance structure, set of procedures, and funding authorities designed to improve the timeliness, predictability, and transparency of the Federal environmental review and authorization process for covered infrastructure projects.
FAST-41 Fact Sheet
On December 4, 2015, the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) was signed into law. Title 41 of this Act (42 U.S.C. § 4370m et seq.), referred to as “FAST-41,” created a new governance structure, set of procedures, and funding authorities to improve the Federal environmental review and authorization process for covered infrastructure projects. View the FAST-41 Fact Sheet.
State Permitting Fact Sheet
A state can reinvigorate its economy, create thousands of new jobs, and expand and modernize its infrastructure with the direct management and assistance of a State Permitting Council. Many of the critical approvals for large, complex infrastructure projects are dependent on dozens of state, county, city, and tribal government decisions. A State Permitting Council complements the federal process reforms that the Federal Permitting Improvement Steering Council (FPISC) oversees by aligning Federal and state project authorization decisions across all infrastructure sectors while protecting the public and the environment. View the State Permitting Fact Sheet.
Environmental Review & Authorization Inventory
The Federal Environmental Review and Authorization Inventory is a comprehensive spreadsheet searchable database containing detailed information on various permitting, review, and approval processes conducted by Federal agencies that may be required for infrastructure projects, including NEPA and other interagency reviews. For each included permit or review, the inventory offers such information as its description, activities that trigger it, and links to applicable statutes and regulations. The inventory can also be sorted by infrastructure sector and/or responsible agency.
The Regulatory and Permitting Information Desktop (RAPID) Toolkit offers one location for agencies, developers, and industry stakeholders to work together on State and Federal bulk transmission and renewable energy regulatory processes by using a wiki environment to share permitting guidance, regulations, contacts, and other relevant information.
The Broadband Inventory provides a central repository of documents and information relevant to the development and Federal permitting and review of broadband projects, including applications, forms, lease agreements, policies and procedures, and process documents. Although the majority of this documentation is also housed on agency-specific websites, this centralized document inventory will ease the burden on wireless providers, public safety, and other project sponsors or applicants who undergo Federal reviews prior to broadband deployment.
The Broadband Map displays all GSA-owned buildings and lands, with point of contact information, where a commercial antenna installation might be sited. It also contains several layers of data useful to broadband deployment, providing visibility into sensitive resources such as the location of National Parks, protected wilderness areas, and lands of tribal significance.
Executive Order 13891 and OMB M-20-02 Requirements
The OMB guidance for implementing Executive Order 13891, Titled "Promoting the Rule of Law Through Improved Agency Guidance Documents" states that guidance documents, except when based on statutory or regulatory authority or law, do not have the force and effect of law and are not meant to bind the public in any way. Guidance documents are intended only to provide clarity to the public regarding existing requirements under the law or agency policies.