National Academies Press: OpenBook
« Previous: Appendix B Section 3 of the 1902 Rivers and Harbors Act
Suggested Citation:"Appendix C." National Research Council. 2002. Review Procedures for Water Resources Project Planning. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/10468.

Appendix C




23 AUG 2001


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.

Dominic Izzo

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works)

Suggested Citation:"Appendix C." National Research Council. 2002. Review Procedures for Water Resources Project Planning. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/10468.
Page 84
Next: Appendix D Review Processes in Other Federal Agencies »
Review Procedures for Water Resources Project Planning Get This Book
Buy Paperback | $40.00 Buy Ebook | $31.99
MyNAP members save 10% online.
Login or Register to save!
Download Free PDF

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, through its civil works program, can take pride in its contributions throughout our nation's history to the development of waterways infrastructure, navigation, flood damage reduction, water resources development and protection, and environmental restoration. Many projects that have been pioneering in their concept and bold in their execution were made possible by the creativity and dedication of outstanding scientists, engineers, and builders.

The Corps has always had review processes for evaluation of its planning studies and projects, with the focus often being largely on the technical aspects. In recent years, however, increased consideration of such factors as environmental impacts, economic evaluations, political pressures, and new paradigms about flood control and management has engendered increased criticism and concern that some of the Corps' studies may have led to conclusions, recommendations, and project decisions that are not adequately supported by the assumptions and analyses that were used. The focus of the report is on review of Corps of Engineers studies, with careful attention given to the need for independent, external reviews by panels of well-qualified and impartial experts for large, complex, and sensitive projects.

  1. ×

    Welcome to OpenBook!

    You're looking at OpenBook,'s online reading room since 1999. Based on feedback from you, our users, we've made some improvements that make it easier than ever to read thousands of publications on our website.

    Do you want to take a quick tour of the OpenBook's features?

    No Thanks Take a Tour »
  2. ×

    Show this book's table of contents, where you can jump to any chapter by name.

    « Back Next »
  3. ×

    ...or use these buttons to go back to the previous chapter or skip to the next one.

    « Back Next »
  4. ×

    Jump up to the previous page or down to the next one. Also, you can type in a page number and press Enter to go directly to that page in the book.

    « Back Next »
  5. ×

    Switch between the Original Pages, where you can read the report as it appeared in print, and Text Pages for the web version, where you can highlight and search the text.

    « Back Next »
  6. ×

    To search the entire text of this book, type in your search term here and press Enter.

    « Back Next »
  7. ×

    Share a link to this book page on your preferred social network or via email.

    « Back Next »
  8. ×

    View our suggested citation for this chapter.

    « Back Next »
  9. ×

    Ready to take your reading offline? Click here to buy this book in print or download it as a free PDF, if available.

    « Back Next »
Stay Connected!