March 27, 2019 - 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM ET

Transportation Research Board

One Federal Decision: Requirements and Tips for Achieving This Goal

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TRB will conduct a webinar on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM that will discuss how to adhere to Presidential Executive Order 13807, which focuses on expediting infrastructure projects by suggesting that National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) decisions should be made in two years (Notice of Intent to Record of Decision). Furthermore, this order suggests that all federal decisions should be coordinated in a way that permits can be issued within ninety days of the NEPA decision. This webinar will describe practices that have already been applied as well as others for consideration that may help agencies achieve these goals for their transportation projects. Presenters are project managers in the areas of environmental planning, and will provide technical, legal, and policy insights to help implement the executive order.

This webinar was organized by the TRB Standing Committee on Environmental Analysis in Transportation.

Webinar Outline

  1. Requirements of Executive Order 13807 and One Federal Decision (OFD) for federal agencies
  2. Potential stumbling blocks that must be overcome to accomplish these goals
  3. Tools and practices available for accomplishing these goals
  4. Legal considerations of agency decision-making for transportation projects
  5. Federal government’s experience with implementing the executive order
  6. Question and answer session

The first 60 minutes of the webinar will be for presentations and the final 30 minutes will be reserved for audience questions.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the requirements of EO 13807/OFD and any subsequent policy documents for federal agencies and project proponents
  • Identify practical and legal stumbling blocks to accomplishing the goals of EO 13807
  • Describe potential practices to facilitate the goals of EO 13807 from the perspective of the technical consultant, agency decision-maker, and project proponent
  • Identify future policy actions that may be taken to effectuate EO 13807


  • Fred Wagner, Venable LLP
  • Diane Nulton, HDR, Inc.
  • Ted Boling, Council on Environmental Quality