Federal agencies released updated adaptation and sustainability plans on October 31, 2014. The updated plans build and improve upon the first phase of plans released in 2013. For the first time the plans include discussion of how agencies can leverage existing federal programs to better support and remove barriers to state, local, and tribal adaptation efforts.

Federal programs, policies, and decisions will be critical to ensuring the long-term resilience of states and communities. Federal agencies deliver billions of dollars in financial assistance; they develop the data, tools, and models that are critical to informed climate decisionmaking; and federal regulatory programs, such as the Clean Water Act and National Flood Insurance Program, greatly affect state and local decisionmaking.

Updated federal agency adaptation plans include important analysis of these downstream effects of federal programs on state and local decisionmakers. Plans discuss barriers and identify strategies for promoting resilience at the state, local and tribal level. This report provides a summary of the adaptation plans of key federal agencies: U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Department of Defense (DOD), Department of Commerce (DOC) including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Department of Energy (DOE), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) including the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Department of Interior (DOI), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

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Community / Local
State / Provincial
Tribal / First Nation
Sector Addressed
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy
Governance and Policy
Target Climate Changes and Impacts
Infrastructure damage
United States