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Army Corps of Engineers: Water Resource Authorizations, Appropriations, and Activities

Aug 17, 2015 | News & Views

Larry Larson, ASFPM’s director emeritus, recommends this Congressional Research Service report called: Army Corps of Engineers: Water Resource
Authorizations, Appropriations,
and Activities

He said, “This report, just issued by CRS (July 28), was written by a long-time colleague Nicole Carter and others. Nicole has been doing analysis of USACE programs for years, and this document is really a brief but straight forward “101” on how USACE works, which will be most useful for over 50 percent of Congress, which hadn’t dealt with a WRDA until 2014. This will help them (and all of us) get a quick overview and understanding of the Corps process for projects and funding.

“Please note that the report discusses technical assistance programs like PAS and FPMS also. It does not mention Silver Jackets, but that program is not a line item in the budget, but funded from other programs like FPMS and others.

“I particularly urge you to read the appendix on pps. 18 and 19 that covers the evolution of the Corps Civil Works Mission. That will give all of you a quick history of how the programs have evolved, and the importance of specific WRDA bills (1986 was particularly loaded with changes in cost sharing) and how those national policy changes came about.”

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