In 1982 President Ronald Reagan signed Executive Order 12372, which is intended to foster a strengthened intergovernmental partnership between the various levels of government. The Executive Order requires federal agencies to provide for consultation with state and local governments that supply non-federal funds for proposed federal financial assistance projects or direct federal development.
New Hampshire’s Intergovernmental Review Process provides an opportunity to state and local agencies to review federal programs and activities. In 1983, NH issued Executive Order 83-10, designating the Director, Office of Energy and Planning (formerly Office of State Planning) as the Single Point of Contact (see Appendix VI in the description and background document below). Under her/his direction the Single Point of Contact identifies state agencies that should be involved in the planning and development of activities covered by Executive Order 12372, and provides these agencies with the opportunity to evaluate proposals.
New Hampshire’s nine (9) Regional Planning Agencies (RPAs) are designated as the Regional Clearinghouses and will coordinate and assist in the formulation of local government comments on programs and activities subject to the review.