5440.703 ADM Changes in the General Services Administration
GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION
Washington, DC 20407
July 15, 2016
SUBJECT: Changes in the General Services Administration
1. Purpose. This Order announces changes in the organizational structure of the General Services Administration.
2. Background. The Federal Permitting Improvement Steering Council (FPISC) is established under Title XLI of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act of 2015 (Public Law 114-94) (FAST Act). The FPISC is responsible for leading ongoing government-wide efforts to modernize the Federal permitting and review process for major infrastructure projects and work with Federal agency partners to implement and oversee adherence to the statutory requirements set forth in the FAST Act. The Executive Director for the FPISC is appointed by the President. In accordance with the FAST Act, the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) shall designate a Federal agency, other than an agency that carries out or provides support only for projects that are not covered projects, to provide administrative support for the Executive Director, and the designated agency shall, as reasonably necessary, provide support and staff to enable the Executive Director to fulfill the duties of the Executive Director under this title. GSA was designated as the administrative agency to provide support and staff.
The FPISC will lead ongoing government-wide efforts to modernize the Federal permitting and review process for major infrastructure projects and work with OMB, the Council on Environmental Quality, other components of the Executive Office of the President, and Federal agency partners to implement and oversee adherence to the statutory requirements in Title XLI of the FAST Act, which sets forth new authorities, processes, structures, and mechanisms to advance Federal Permitting Improvement.
The principal mission of the FPISC is to streamline the permitting process: provide efficient and effective coordination, transparency, management, direction, and support of the Federal permitting process relating to large infrastructure projects that require Federal authorization or environmental reviews. The FPISC shall include councilmembers from agencies designated by the FAST Act who hold a position at the Deputy Secretary-level or higher who receive operational direction from the Federal Permitting Improvement Steering Council in coordination with their agency of record.
3. Changes in organization.
a. The Federal Permitting Improvement Steering Council is established in GSA.
b. The office is headed by a presidentially appointed Executive Director who reports to the Administrator.
4. Implementing actions.
a. The changes outlined in this Order become effective upon signature. Implementation of this Order will be coordinated between the affected organizations, in consultation with the Chief Human Capital Officer and Chief Financial Officer, to ensure the appropriate alignment of the functions, staff, authorities, and other resources associated with the changes outlined above in paragraph 3.
b. Implementation of this Order, as it affects employees represented by a labor bargaining unit, is contingent upon completion of labor relations obligations. Positions affected by this change are subject to normal classification procedures.
c. The approval of this Order authorizes the determination and appropriate adjustments including realignment between offices of budget and funding sources as determined by the Chief Financial Officer.
d. The Chief Administrative Services Officer may cancel this Order, in consultation with the Chief Human Capital Officer, upon publication of a superseding directive that cancels it in accordance with OAS P 1832.1.
/S/ July 15, 2016
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