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Re: Office of Weatherization and Intergovernmental Programs (OWIP)

In recent conversations between our agencies, the Department of Energy (DOE) requested the assistance of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) in developing a tool that the Department of Energy could share with the States administering the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG), State Energy Plan (SEP), and the Weatherization Assistance (WAP) Programs. Since DOE must comply with the requirements of Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act as a condition of obligating Federal funds, including American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 monies, we explored options that would expedite historic preservation reviews and improve coordination between the State’s energy agencies and the State Historic Preservation Officers (SHPOs). We have identified an approach that meets these goals and allows DOE to proceed with the administration of its OWIP undertakings.