2024 Virtual Project Management Series

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NAEP has scheduled a series of four Project Management modules for 2024. This series is formatted for experienced NEPA professionals to hone and enhance their skills. 

NEPA is frequently cited as a primary reason for project delays. Mandatory EA and EIS timelines require effective project management. Sound and effective project management is key to the successful completion of complex EAs and EISs under compressed timelines. The goal of the course is to share proven NEPA project management concepts and skills that are not taught in existing NEPA procedures-focused training classes with a goal to significantly improve the quality and timeliness of NEPA efforts. The target audience is agency and contractor personnel already familiar with the NEPA process who manage the preparation of EAs and EISs.

Each module will be 2-4 hours [based on the Module developer’s determination] and include a combination of presentation, instructor/student interactions, pre-readings, and exercises. [Include 4-7 key elements of EA/EIS Project Management that repeat throughout the training (i.e., critical NEPA Project Manager skills and expectations, effective public involvement).]



Four-Part Series | 3:00 PM - 5:30 PM Eastern / 12:00 PM - 2:30 PM Pacific

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Meeting Dates via Zoom: July 24, August 14, September 25, and October 9



Workshop Prices

  • NAEP Member / Government NAEP Member: $275
  • Chapter Member Only / Non-Member Government: $325
  • Non-Member: $375

Project Management Series Schedule

*Schedule is subject to change

Session Dates
3:00 - 5:30 PM ET

Module 1: Introductions, Course Overview, Project Initiation, and Critical Importance of Pre-NEPA Planning

  • Common challenges with EA/EIS development (e.g., complicated regulatory consultations, mid-project changes, inadequate Team staffing and staff turnover, requests for unnecessary level of detail, delays obtaining Lead Agency decisions).
  • Critical Importance of “Pre-NEPA Planning” (Project Initiation/Project Development)
    • Ensure project description, alternatives, and project scope is complete
    • Example: Air Force’s Planning Requirements for the Environmental Impact Analysis Process [PREAIP])
    • Example: DOT Planning and Environment Linkages (PEL)
    • Risk Management in early NEPA planning
  • Critical NEPA Project Manager skills and expectations to lead “Pre-NEPA Planning”
  • Project Management Plans (including mitigation of mid-project changes)
    • Expedited EA/EIS schedule incorporating critical path actions and concurrent consultation processes (using Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)
    • Responsible/Accountable/Consulted/Informed (RACI) chart to map team/stakeholder roles and responsibilities
    • Public Involvement Plan (including ensuring meaningful Public Involvement throughout “Pre-NEPA” and EA/EIS development despite expedited timelines). 
      Use of comment software/AI for addressing comments as a management tool.
  • Review of project exercise [project runs through all the modules]
July 24, 2024

Module 2: Elements of Effective EA/EIS Project Management

  • Review of Module 1 exercises
  • Schedule, Budget, and Contract Management (including WBS)
    • Scope Management (including advising action proponent/applicant on scope of requirements)
    • Monitoring status of consultation processes, resource and Team Management/SMEs or Media Managers
    • Agency oversight of Applicant-driven EAs/EISs (per FRA)
    • Quality Control Management
    • Records Management
    • Risk Management in EA/EIS Project Management (e.g., scope of NEPA and consultations become mis-aligned)
  • Critical NEPA Project Manager skills and expectations to manage EA/EIS schedule, budget, and contract
August 14, 2024 

Module 3: Coordinating Regulatory Consultations and One Federal Decision

  • Review of Module 2 exercises
  • Emphasize NEPA’s “umbrella role”
  • Develop consultation strategy
    • Agreement on methodology for assessing impacts
    • Agreement on mitigation and monitoring activities
    • Collaborative agency decision-making
  • Working with Cooperating Agencies (including Tribes)
  • Critical NEPA Project Manager skills and expectations to coordinate Regulatory Consultations
  • Risk Management in coordinating Regulatory Consultations and One Federal Decision
September 25, 2024

Module 4: Managing Effective Interdisciplinary Teams

  • Review of Module 3 exercises
  • Resource and Team Management (including ensuring Team members have sufficient availability and training)
    • Communications Management (including managing team meetings and efficient internal/external commenting processes)
    • Lead, Cooperating, and Participating Agencies
    • Dispute resolution (including recognizing when it’s needed)
    • Ensure QA/QC processes are followed
    • Records Management/Administrative Record coordinator
    • Critical NEPA Project Manager skills and expectations to manage Interdisciplinary Teams
    • Risk Management in effectively managing Interdisciplinary Teams (including Applicants)
  • Course Review/Wrap-up
October 9, 2024