Executive Order 13508, signed by President Obama in May 2009, mandated that federal agencies collaborate on development and implementation of the Strategy for Protecting and Restoring the Chesapeake Bay, released in May 2010. The federal agencies are also required to develop annual action plans and progress reports; these are released by the Federal Leadership Committee (FLC), which includes representatives from each of the federal agencies participating in this effort. The FLC is chaired by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and includes senior representatives from the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Homeland Security, Interior, and Transportation. To clearly communicate the extensive list of work done in FY 2012 , this Progress Report adopts a standard format for reporting accomplishments. For each Executive Order Goal (Restore Clean Water; Recover Habitat; Sustain Fish and Wildlife; and Expand Citizen Stewardship), the goal itself is stated, along with the outcomes and baseline conditions set for those areas. Then, for each outcome, after a brief narrative featuring highlights from FY 2012, milestone progress is reported in tabular form. Finally, a comprehensive bulleted list of accomplishments describes a range of activities completed by participating agencies and partners.