The White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) issued guidance March 4, 2011, to federal agencies instructing them to take a number of steps to comply with Executive Order 13514. Issued in October 2009, the order directed federal agencies to identify climate change risks and vulnerabilities.

Under the guidance, federal agencies are instructed to (i) establish an agency climate change adaptation policy statement by June 3, 2011; (ii) identify the impacts of climate change on their missions and programs; (iii) undertake a “high-level analysis” of agency vulnerability to climate change; and (iv) issue a formal adaptation plan by June 4, 2012. The guidance indicates that CEQ will conduct a series of interagency workshops and produce support documents to assist agencies in developing their adaptation plans.