Dear USET/USET SPF Family,
The Federal Permitting Improvement Steering Council (FPISC) has announced that it will be hosting a Tribal consultation on draft Tribal Environmental Review Improvement Fund application instructions. This draft was informed by Tribal consultations hosted by FPISC in February 2023, which gathered feedback from Tribal Nations on the $5 million allocation for environmental and permitting review of FAST-41 projects.
Details regarding this Tribal consultation are as follows—
USET SPF submitted comments to FPISC on March 10, 2023 and advocated for increased funding for the environmental and permitting review of infrastructure projects on Tribal Lands. We also recommended the award of funds through P.L. 93-638 contracting and compacting mechanisms and to direct FPISC member agencies to prioritize technical assistance funding to Tribal Nations.
To view the draft Tribal Environmental Review Improvement Fund application instructions, please click here. To view the Framing Paper for this consultation, please click here. A summary of the February 2023 Tribal consultations can also be viewed here. Comments on the draft Tribal Environmental Review Improvement Fund application instructions are due on Monday, July 17, 2023, and can be submitted to email@example.com. Questions should be directed to PoQueen Rivera, Director of Tribal Affairs, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, please contact Brian Howard, USET SPF Senior Policy Analyst, at email@example.com.