identify the reasons that districts are amber or red and react to those reasons appropriately. I do expect every district commander to become actively involved in determining the sources of delay in permit decision making. District commanders must also recognize that your district regulatory staff may be administering the program as efficiently as possible, and simply cannot make the final decisions within the reporting requirements because of external delays or excessive workload. I will be working with the division commanders to identify changes in process and changes in resource allocation to meet the various districts' needs. Some districts may have situations driven by external delay that will result in long term amber or red indicators. We will work to understand and document the reasons for these situations and work to remedy the problems, including pursuing/allocating additional resources, if resource limitations are deemed to be a contributing factor. The bottom line is that districts should identify any internal efficiencies that can improve performance and implement them, and identify the external sources of delay and accurately report them to HQUSACE.
This memorandum and the enclosed SOP are critical to fair and reasonable implementation of the Corps Regulatory Program, and to our efforts to ensure that the program is properly resourced in the future. Many recent changes have dramatically increased the workload and complexity of the program, and we need to document accurately what level of service we are able to provide with the current resource allocation to the program.
FOR THE COMMANDER: