Fulfilling a commitment he made in his 2012 State of the Union Address, President Obama signed Executive Order 13604 on Improving Performance of Federal Permitting and Review of Infrastructure Projects. The Executive Order created an inter-agency initiative, spearheaded by the Office of Management and Budget, to institutionalize best practices to reduce the amount of time required to make permitting and review decisions and improve environmental and community outcomes. The Federal Plan for Modernizing the Federal Permitting and Review Process for Better Projects, Improved Environmental and Community Outcomes, and Quicker Decisions describes the specific steps the Obama Administration is taking to enhance the review process for vital infrastructure projects. Implementation of the best practices and specific and measurable actions described the Plan will create a more transparent, more predictable, and better performing process that will maintain the confidence of stakeholders, improve engagement with project sponsors, and reduce timelines while protecting the public’s health and safety, our security, and the environment. Read the Federal Plan.