National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requires federal agencies to consider the impacts that a proposed action may have on the human environment as part of their decision making process. GSA, as lead agency, with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC), as cooperating agencies, is proposing to amend the DHS Headquarters Consolidation at St. Elizabeths Master Plan to more efficiently house DHS and its operating components at the St. Elizabeths Campus in Southeast Washington, DC. In addition, GSA is reevaluating transportation and parking improvements for the consolidation of the DHS Headquarters at St. Elizabeths. GSA is preparing an Environmental Assessment (EA) to evaluate the impacts of the amendment to the master plan.
Public participation is the cornerstone of the NEPA process, and throughout the development of the EA, the public will be provided a number of opportunities to provide feedback to GSA. The first opportunity is during the public scoping process, which is a 30-day public period, from September 15, 2016 to October 15, 2016, in which the community, interested agencies, and the general public can help GSA determine what issues should be considered during the development of the EA. In addition, an open house style public meeting will be held on September 29, 2016, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the R.I.S.E Demonstration Center on the St. Elizabeths East Campus, 2730 Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE, Washington, DC 20032. The meeting will provide the public an opportunity to receive information and comment on the scope of the EA. The Draft EA will address comments received during the public scoping period.