S. 1397: Federal Permitting Improvement Act of 2013

Jul 30, 2013
Referred to Committee
3% chance of being enacted
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Robert “Rob” Portman
Junior Senator from Ohio
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34 pages

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Introduced Jul 30, 2013
Referred to Committee Jul 30, 2013
Reported by Committee ...
Passed Senate ...
Passed House ...
Signed by the President ...

11% chance of getting past committee.
3% chance of being enacted.

Only 11% of bills made it past committee and only about 3% were enacted in 2011–2013. [show factors | methodology]

Full Title

A bill to improve the efficiency, management, and interagency coordination of the Federal permitting process through reforms overseen by the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, and for other purposes.


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6 cosponsors (3D, 2R, 1I) (show)

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs

Efficiency and Effectiveness of Federal Programs and the Federal Workforce

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Library of Congress Summary

The summary below was written by the Congressional Research Service, which is a nonpartisan division of the Library of Congress.

Federal Permitting Improvement Act of 2013 - Establishes the Federal Permitting Improvement Council to be chaired by a Federal Chief Permitting Officer (Federal CPO) who is an officer of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).
Requires the Federal CPO to:
(1) establish an inventory of covered projects for which the review or authorization of the head of any federal agency is pending,
(2) develop nonbinding performance schedules for reviews and authorizations of each category of covered projects, and
(3) maintain an online database, to be known as the Permitting Dashboard, to track the status of federal reviews and authorizations for any covered project.
Defines "covered project" as any construction activity that requires authorization or review by a federal agency and that:
(1) involves renewable or conventional energy production, electricity transmission, surface transportation, aviation, ports and waterways, water resource projects, broadband, manufacturing, or any other sector as determined by the Federal CPO; and
(2) is likely to require an initial investment of more than $25 million.
Requires an agency with principal responsibility for review and authorization of a covered project (lead agency) to establish:
(1) a plan for coordinating public and agency participation in, and completion of, any required federal review and authorization for a covered project and submit such plan to the Federal CPO;
(2) a permitting timetable that includes intermediate and final deadlines for agency action on any federal review or authorization required for a project; and
(3) a process for consultation with participating agencies early in the approval process to identify and address key issues of concern.
Grants the consent of Congress for three or more contiguous states to enter into an interstate compact establishing regional infrastructure development agencies to facilitate authorization and review of covered projects.
Requires agencies to complete environmental reviews required under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 for covered projects in a timely, coordinated, and environmentally responsible manner.
Reduces the statute of limitations for judicial review of any authorization issued by an agency for a covered project from 6 years to 150 days after a notice is published in the Federal Register that authorization for a covered project is final. Requires a court, in issuing injunctive relief, to consider the potential for significant job losses or other economic harm from an order or injunction.

House Republican Conference Summary

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