DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY
OFFICE OF THE ASSISTANT SECRETARY CIVIL WORKS
108 ARMY PENTAGON WASHINGTON DC 20310–0108
23 AUG 2001
MEMORANDUM FOR THE CHIEF OF ENGINEERS
SUBJECT: Organization of the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works)
I am pleased to inform you that we are making some improvements in the organization of the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works.
Currently, the career SES position of Deputy for Policy and Legislation is vacant. We intend to fill this position with a political appointee who will focus on political relationships with the Congress and other Federal agencies. This person also will concentrate on environmental issues. The new deputy will work closely with the Corps and will provide a channel for more efficient and effective communication between our offices, Congress, and other agencies.
In response to the President’s Budget Blueprint, we also are establishing a new group within this office to provide improved oversight of the project planning and review processes. We will staff this new group with a new Deputy Assistant Secretary and three additional persons with expertise in key areas of water resources planning. This group will work closely with the Corps with the goal of improving our capability of providing well formulated, technically sound, well justified, and environmentally acceptable solutions to water resources problems. With an improved capability in this office and by working as a team with the Corps, we will be better able to provide early and consistent guidance in the development of water resources projects. An improved Army review also will facilitate a much more effective and timely review and clearance process at the Office of Management and Budget. Our goal is to reestablish the extremely cooperative and efficient review process that existed in the early 1990’s.
We look forward to a smooth transition period, and believe these changes will result in a much more cooperative and successful working relationship with the Corps. Within the next few weeks, we will provide additional information on these actions.
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works)