The memorandum requires annual reporting by departments and agencies to OMB and CEQ on progress made each year in
implementing the ECCR policy direction to increase the effective use and institutional capacity for ECCR.
ECCR is dened in Section 2 of the 2012 memorandum as:
. . third-party assisted collaborative problem solving and conflict resolution in the context of environmental, public lands, or
natural resources issues or conflicts, including matters related to energy, transportation, and water and land management.
The term Environmental Collaboration and Conflict Resolution encompasses a range of assisted collaboration, negotiation, and
facilitated dialogue processes and applications. These processes directly engage affected interests and Federal department and
agency decision makers in collaborative problem solving and conflict resolution.
Multi-issue, multi-party environmental disputes or controversies often take place in high conflict and low trust settings, where the
assistance of impartial facilitators or mediators can be instrumental to reaching agreement and resolution. Such disputes range
broadly from policy and regulatory disputes to administrative adjudicatory disputes, civil judicial disputes, intra- and interagency
disputes, and disputes with non-Federal persons and entities.
Environmental Collaboration and Conflict Resolution can be applied during policy development or planning in the context of a
rulemaking, administrative decision making, enforcement, or litigation with appropriate attention to the particular requirements
of those processes. These contexts typically involve situations where a Federal department or agency has ultimate responsibility
for decision making and there may be disagreement or conflict among Federal, Tribal, State and local governments and agencies,
public interest organizations, citizens groups, and business and industry groups.
Although Environmental Collaboration and Conflict Resolution refers specifically to collaborative and conflict resolution
processes aided by third-party neutrals, there is a broad array of partnerships, cooperative arrangements, and unassisted
negotiations that Federal agencies may pursue with non-Federal entities to plan, manage, and implement department and agency
programs and activities. The Basic Principles for Agency Engagement in Environmental Conflict Resolution and Collaborative
Problem Solving are presented immediately following this survey. The Basic Principles provide guidance that applies to both
Environmental Collaboration and Conflict Resolution and unassisted collaborative problem solving and conflict resolution. This
policy recognizes the importance and value of the appropriate use of all forms collaborative problem solving and conflict
The annual report format below is provided in accordance with the memorandum for activities in FY 2017.
We understand that collecting this information may be challenging; however, the departments and agencies are requested to collect this
data to the best of their abilities. The 2017 report, along with previous reports, will establish a useful baseline for your department or
agency, and collect some information that can be aggregated across agencies. Departments should submit a single report that includes
ECCR information from the agencies and other entities within the department. The information in your report will become part of
an analysis of all FY 2017 ECCR reports. You may be contacted for the purpose of clarifying information in your report. For your
reference, prior year synthesis reports are available at http://www.ecr.gov/Resources/FederalECRPolicy/AnnualECRReport.aspx.
Name and title/position of person responding:
Ofﬁce of person responding:
Date report is being submitted:
The term ‘ECCR’ includes third-party neutral assistance in environmental collaboration and environmental conict resolution
Modified Department of Energy ECCR Survey
FY 2017 Environmental Collaboration
and Conflict Resolution (ECCR)
Policy Report to OMB-CEQ
On September 7, 2012, the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and the Chairman of the
President’s Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) issued a revised policy memorandum on environmental
collaboration and conflict resolution (ECCR). This joint memo builds on, reinforces, and replaces the memo on
ECR issued in 2005.
Draft Report FY 2017_ March 30, 2018