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  • Federal Permitting: General Services Administration (GSA)

    GSA is an independent agency established in 1949 to help manage and support the basic functioning of federal agencies.  GSA manages government buildings and real estate, provides product and service procurement support, and develops policies and regulations.  GSA provides workplaces to the government by constructing, managing, and preserving federal buildings and by leasing and managing commercial real estate through its Public Buildings Service.  GSA owns or leases over 368.5 million square feet of space in 8,746 assets (buildings, land and structures) in more than 8,000 cities nationwide.  GSA may grant outleases, licenses, or permits to the private sector for the use of federally owned or leased property.

    Website:

    https://www.gsa.gov

    Permit Contact Information:

    https://www.gsa.gov/real-estate/real-estate-services/for-businesses-seeking-opportunities/wireless-telecommunications-installation

    National Outlease Program
    202-208-6139

    Permitting Process Flowchart (PDF) 

  • Federal Permitting: Federal Permitting Improvement Steering Council (FPISC)

    Title 41 of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST-41) created the FPISC in December 2015 to promote greater coordination across the federal government in environmental reviews and authorizations for large, complex, or significant infrastructure projects that likely have environmental impacts.  An Executive Director appointed by the President chairs the FPISC, which consists of Deputy Secretary-level members from 14 federal agencies, the Council on Environmental Quality and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).  In 2017, the Executive Director invited GSA to join the FPISC. GSA provides administrative support to enable the Executive Director to fulfill the duties of the position.  The FPISC establishes procedures for reporting and tracking permit and environmental review timelines for covered projects through a permitting dashboard.

    Website:

    https://www.permits.performance.gov

    Permit Contact Information:

    FAST.Fortyone@fpisc.gov 

  • Federal Permitting: Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

    The FCC regulates interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite, and cable in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories.  An independent U.S. government agency overseen by Congress, the FCC is responsible for implementing and enforcing America’s communications law and regulations.  The FCC is also responsible for ensuring that its licensees and applicants comply with delegated aspects of its NEPA and NHPA implementing rules.  In January 2017, the FCC established a Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee to examine ways to accelerate broadband deployment by eliminating regulatory barriers and streamlining processes.  [https://www.fcc.gov/broadband-deployment-advisory-committee].

    The following chart lists the major federal property managing agencies, provides links to their websites and identifies points of contact to provide information about their permitting processes.

    Website:

    https://www.fcc.gov

    Permit Contact Information:

    https://www.fcc.gov/wireless/bureau-divisions/competition-infrastructure-policy-division/tower-and-antenna-siting#block-menu-block-4

    Erica Rosenberg
    Erica.Rosenberg@fcc.gov


     FCC Broadband Deployment Advisory Council

    Website:

    https://www.fcc.gov/broadband-deployment-advisory-committee

    Permit Contact Information:

    Paul D’Ari – Designated Federal Officer (DFO)
    Paul.dari@fcc.gov

    Jiaming Shang – Deputy DFO
    Jiaming.shang@fcc.gov

    Deborah Salons – Deputy DFO
    Deborah.salons@fcc.gov 

  • Federal Permitting: Department of Transportation (DOT)

    DOT serves the United States by ensuring a fast, safe, efficient, accessible, and convenient transportation system that meets our vital national interests and enhances the quality of life of the American people, today and in the future.  DOT seeks to achieve this mission is through four strategic goals: safety, infrastructure, innovation, and accountability. DOT’s Infrastructure Permitting Improvement Center (IPIC) advances reforms to expedite environmental review and permitting of major infrastructure projects, while improving environmental and community outcomes and increasing interagency coordination. IPIC seeks to remove barriers to efficient and effective project permitting and environmental review, support formulation of environmental solutions for multimodal, complex, or otherwise challenging projects, and promote and share best practices across DOT to improve consistency and effectiveness in project delivery.

    Website:

    www.transportation.gov/PermittingImprovementCenter

    Permit Contact Information:

    Infrastructure Permitting Improvement Center (IPIC)
    1200 New Jersey Ave., SE
    Washington, DC 20590
    Gerald Solomon, Director, gerald.solomon@dot.gov
    Colleen Vaughn, Permitting Dashboard Administrator, colleen.vaughn@dot.gov


    Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) –  FHWA, through its Federal Lands and Tribal Transportation Programs, administers funding, develops and delivers construction projects, and provides transportation planning, engineering, and other professional services to Federal Land Management Agencies and Tribal Nations, to improve transportation on high-priority roads, bridges, trails, and transit systems that support safe, seamless, and multimodal transportation access to, from, and within Federal and Tribal Lands.  FHWA also provides funds for transportation projects owned and controlled by state departments of transportation, and oversees how the monies are spent and how the resulting roadways are maintained and operated.  These operational needs often involve the use of fiber optics for intelligent transportation systems and other capacity-improving activities.

    Website:

    https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/utilities

    Permit Contact Information:

    Julie Johnston – FHWA
    Julie.Johnston@dot.gov

  • Federal Permitting: Department of the Interior (DOI)

    DOI protects and manages a significant portion of the Nation’s natural resources and cultural heritage; provides scientific and other information about those resources; and honors its trust responsibilities or special commitments to American Indians, Alaska Natives, and affiliated Island Communities.

    Website:

    https://www.doi.gov/broadband  


    Bureau of Land Management (BLM) – BLM administers 245 million acres of U.S. public lands, or one tenth of the U.S. land base.  Of these, 99.4 percent are in the 11 Western states or Alaska.  BLM administers more surface land and more subsurface mineral estate (700 million acres) than any other government agency in the U.S.  To date, BLM has issued 3,800 wireless authorizations.

    Website:

    https://www.blm.gov/programs/lands-and-realty/broadband

    https://www.blm.gov/programs/lands-and-realty/right-of-way/communication-sites

    Permit Contact Information:

    Stephen L. Fusilier, Branch Chief, Rights-of-Way and Renewable Energy
    20 M Street, SE, Washington, DC 20003
    Phone – 202-912-7148
    Cell - 202-309-3209
    FAX - 202-912-7199
    sfusilie@blm.gov

    Permitting Process Flowchart (PDF)


    Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) – BIA is the lead federal agency responsible for improving the lives and protecting the trust assets of American Indians, Indian tribes, and Alaska natives through services and relationships.  BIA grants rights-of-way over American Indian-owned lands with the consent of the Indian owner (tribal or individual).

    Website:

    https://www.bia.gov

    Permit Contact Information:

    https://www.bia.gov/bia/ots/dres
    Division of Real Estate Services
    (202) 208-7737

    Permitting Process Flowchart (PDF)


    Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) – Established in 1902, Reclamation is a water management agency operating in the 17 western states that supplies irrigation, municipal, and industrial water and produces hydropower.  It has constructed more than 600 dams and reservoirs, making it the largest wholesaler of water in the U.S.  Through its 76 hydropower facilities, Reclamation is the second largest producer of hydroelectric power in the U.S.  Reclamation manages a wide variety of facilities, waterbodies and 7.8 million acres of land interest directly or through its Managing Partners.  Broadband facilities and other telecommunications uses are permitted to third parties when the use is consistent with Reclamation’s mission.  

    Website:

    https://www.usbr.gov

    Permit Contact Information:

    https://www.usbr.gov/lands  

    https://www.usbr.gov/lands  - The Public Use Permitting page identifies local managers and points of contact for applying for use authorizations.

    Permitting Process Flowchart (PDF)


    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) – FWS is the principal federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting, and enhancing fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.  FWS manages about 89.1 million acres of federal land, of which 86 percent are in Alaska.  FWS manages the National Wildlife Refuge System, which encompasses 544 national wildlife refuges, thousands of small wetlands, and other special management areas.  It also operates 69 national fish hatcheries, 63 Fish and Wildlife Management offices and 81 ecological services field stations.

    Website:

    https://www.fws.gov/refuges/realty/broadband

    Permit Contact Information:

    https://www.fws.gov/refuges/realty/broadband/Right-of-Way-Permitting.html

    https://www.fws.gov/refuges

    Contact manager of the applicable National Wildlife Refuge System

    Permitting Process Flowchart (PDF) 


    National Park Service (NPS) – NPS is responsible for protecting the Nation’s national parks and monuments, and conserving the scenery, natural and historic objects, and wildlife therein. The National Park System of the United States comprises over 410 areas covering more than 83 million acres in every state, plus the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.  NPS units include national parks, national monuments, national historic sites, national recreation areas and national battlefields.

    Website:

    https://www.nps.gov/aboutus/broadband.htm 

    https://www.nps.gov/aboutus/right-of-way-permit.htm

    Permit Contact Information:

    https://www.nps.gov/findapark/index.htm

    Permitting Process Flowchart (PDF) 

  • Federal Permitting: Department of Defense (DOD)

    DOD is the United States’ oldest and largest government agency, providing the military forces needed to deter war and to protect the security of the country.  DOD is the fifth largest federal land management agency, with land consisting of military bases, training ranges, and other assets.  While security constraints limit access to some assets, DOD manages a global real property portfolio consisting of over 568,000 facilities on nearly 27 million acres at over 4,790 sites worldwide.


    Department of the Air Force (USAF) – The Air Force owns or manages 1,761 sites, nearly 98,000 facilities (buildings and structures), and over 8.5 million acres of land in the United States to support its military mission.  This includes the Active, Reserve, and Air National Guard sites.  USAF may make these assets available for communications facilities installations.

    Website:

    https://www.af.mil

    Permit Contact Information:

    US Air Force Civil Engineer Center Real Estate Development

    https://www.afcec.af.mi./Home/EUL/ 


    Department of the Army (Army) – The Army owns or manages over 1,500 sites, more than 230,000 facilities, and about 14.6 million acres of land in the United States to support its military mission.  Additionally, there are state-owned National Guard sites that are managed by the Adjutant General within each state.

    Website:

    https://www.army.mil

    Permit Contact Information:

    (None)


    United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) – USACE provides engineering services to the Nation, including planning, designing, building, and operating water resources and other civil works projects, such as navigation, flood control, environmental protection, and disaster response.  USACE also regulates wetlands use.  USACE may make its civil works assets available for communications facilities installations.

    Website:             

    https://www.usace.army.mil/missions/civil-works/Regulatory-Program-and-permits/Obtain-a-Permit/

    Permit Contact Information:

    https://www.usace.army.mil/missions/civil-works/Regulatory_Program-and-permits/Regulatory-Contact/

    (202) 761-5903

    (800) 581-8479


    Department of the Navy (DON) – DON owns or manages nearly 800 sites, over 111,000 facilities, and over 4.5 million acres of land (2.2 million by Navy and 2.3 million by the Marine Corps) in the United States to support its military mission.  In 2016, DON undertook a comprehensive review of the requirements governing access to assets that could be used for siting communications facilities installations and implemented streamlined processes and timelines that expedited permitting decisions from six years to one year.

    Website:

    https://www.navy.mil

    https://marines.mil

    Permit Contact Information:

    http://www.doncio.navy.mil/uploads/0711VGX97966.pdf

     

  • Federal Permitting: Department of Agriculture (USDA)

    USDA provides leadership on food, agriculture, natural resources, rural development, nutrition, and related issues based on sound public policy, the best available science, and efficient management.  USDA aims to facilitate rural prosperity and economic development and the expansion of rural e-Connectivity is central to achieving this goal.  USDA currently has 27 programs that may fund planning, construction, research and e-Connectivity activities.  See e-Connectivity @ USDA, Broadband Resources for Rural America for further details (available at https://www.usda.gov/broadband under Resources).

    Website:             

    https://www.usda/broadband

    Permit Contact Information:

    (None)


    United States Forest Service (USFS)

    The Forest Service manages and protects 154 national forests and 20 grasslands in 43 states and Puerto Rico, totaling 193 million acres.  The Forest Service currently administers approximately 4,000 authorizations for wireless uses at 1,500 communications sites. The authorized infrastructure on National Forest System lands supports over 10,000 wireless uses. Additionally, the Forest Service administers approximately 600 authorizations for wired uses (fiber).

    Website:

    https://www.fs.fed.us/working-with-us/contracts-commercial-permits/how-to-apply-for-special-use-permit

    https://www.fs.fed.us/specialuses/special_comm.shtml

    Permit Contact Information:

    https://www.fs.fed.us/specialuses/commsites/documents/Communications-Site-Program-Contact-Information.pdf

    https://www.fs.fed.us/working-with-us/contracts-commercial-permits/how-to-apply-for-special-use-permit

    Permitting Process Flowchart (PDF) 

  • Federal Permitting: Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ)

    CEQ coordinates federal environmental efforts and works closely with agencies and other White House offices in the development of environmental policies and initiatives. CEQ ensures that federal agencies meet their obligations under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969.  CEQ oversees NEPA implementation, primarily through issuing guidance and interpreting regulations that implement NEPA’s procedural requirements.  CEQ also reviews and approves federal agency NEPA procedures, approves alternative arrangements for NEPA compliance for emergencies, and helps to resolve disputes between federal agencies and with other governmental entities and members of the public.

    Website:

    https://www.whitehouse.gov/ceq

    Permit Contact Information:

    https://ceq.doe.gov/index.html

    Michael Drummond, Assistant Director
    Michael_r_drummond@ceq.eop.gov

  • Federal Permitting: Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP)

    ACHP is an independent federal agency that promotes the preservation, enhancement, and sustainable use of our Nation’s diverse historic resources, and advises the President and the Congress on national historic preservation policy.   ACHP oversees the implementation of Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 to ensure that federal agencies consult with interested parties to identify and evaluate historic properties, assess the effects of federal actions on historic properties, and attempt to negotiate an outcome that will balance project needs and historic preservation values.

    Website:

    https://www.achp.gov

    Permit Contact Information:

    https://www.achp.gov/work106.html
    achp@achp.gov
    202-517-0200
    Jaime Loichinger, Acting Assistant Director 
    jloichinger@achp.gov 

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