Memorandum for Executive Departments and Agencies: Strengthening Climate Adaptation Planning in Fiscal Year 2016 and Beyond

This memorandum was administered by Shaun Donovan, the Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB); and Christy Goldfuss, the Managing Director of the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ). The purpose of this memorandum is to provide guidance on the process for strategically strengthening Federal agency climate adaptation planning through annual, in-person progress reviews, which began in 2016. The progress reviews established by this memorandum aim to “maintain the Federal Government's focus on planning for the effects of climate change on agency missions, programs, and responsibilities, and continually improving Agency Climate Adaptation Plans as new information, data, tools, and policies are developed.”

To support this process, OMB and CEQ are requiring that each agency take the following actions:

  • Complete a survey on Climate Adaptation Plans
  • Conduct an in-person Climate Adaptation Plan progress review with representatives from OMB, CEQ, and other components of the Executive Office of the President
  • Identify Concrete Next Steps based on the progress review in which OMB, CEQ and agencies will identify and agree on priority next steps, specific timeframes, and appropriate measures for success
  • Take action on items identified during progress reviews
  • Provide updates on Climate Adaptation Plan implementation progress through the OMB Scorecard process



Publication Date: April 29, 2016

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