See this White House Press Release re the new E.O.: Establishing a Federal Flood Risk Management Standard and a Process for Further Soliciting and Considering Stakeholder Input.
Update on Jan. 31: When a press release comes out on a Friday afternoon, it takes a while before people can figure out the significance of the new action. The Washington Post issued this news article: In major shift, Obama administration will plan for rising seas in all federal projects.
Comments and analyses from readers are invited.
2021 Update: The standard was revoked by the Trump administration. See this op-ed piece for further info. Flood Protection Standard Needed.