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1 Bill Dawson Chief, Policy and Policy Compliance U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Bill Dawson Chief, Policy and Policy Compliance U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Presentation to ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON WATER INFORMATION Herndon, VA 14 September 2004 Presentation to ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON WATER INFORMATION Herndon, VA 14 September 2004

2 US Army Corps of Engineers Our water infrastructure supports our quality of life. It delivers: prosperity safety and protection healthy ecosystems commerce usable water energy enjoyment Meeting the Nation’s Needs Economic Security = National Security Our Quality of Life Depends on Water

3 US Army Corps of Engineers Our Message to the American People We have a vital role in the Global War on Terror We support work that will provide for sustainability for the future, and address critical water resources infrastructure needs We execute, to best of our abilities, focusing on: Contributing to national security Energizing the economy Enhancing our environment

4 US Army Corps of Engineers Strengthening Our Security 40% of proposed budget supports U.S. commercial transportation network we use to deploy military vessels. Over 300 security reviews and assessments of our locks, dams, hydropower projects and other facilities. We improved security engineering capability and prioritized critical infrastructure and are implementing at 85 critical projects. Corps experience and history of relief and support during natural disasters is proving invaluable as soldiers and civilians of USACE help rebuild Iraq.

5 US Army Corps of Engineers Strengthening Our Economy U.S. navigation network critical to domestic trans- portation and international trade. Support for aging waterway infrastructure critical. Funding for flood control and storm damage projects about 27% of budget. Every $1 spent on flood control projects prevents over $6 in damages

6 US Army Corps of Engineers Enhancing Our Environment  19% of budget supports efforts to protect and restore the environment  All of our projects strive to adhere to the Corps Environmental Operating Principles

7 US Army Corps of Engineers Criticisms of Us Biased in favor of construction Non-transparent Environmentally insensitive Seeking inappropriate growth into new mission areas Not treating partners as equals Too slow from problem identification to solution Losing technical capability

8 US Army Corps of Engineers ChallengesChallenges Environmental restoration – restoring nationally significant resources Aging infrastructure – performance & safety implications Balancing objectives – between traditional water resources demands & environmental or ecosystem goals Minimizing institutional barriers – to efficient, effective water resources planning, decision making and management

9 US Army Corps of Engineers Challenge: Large Scale Environment Restoration   Everglades   Coastal Louisiana   Great Lakes   And More On the Way

10 US Army Corps of Engineers Challenge: Aging Water Resources Infrastructure Challenge: Aging Water Resources Infrastructure   Investments in water resources infrastructure have declined in real terms   Aging infrastructure results in more frequent closures for repairs, decreased performance and costly delays   Unscheduled delays draw resources from scheduled maintenance

11 US Army Corps of Engineers Challenge: Balancing Objectives Environment Flood & Coastal Storm Damage Reduction

12 US Army Corps of Engineers Challenge: Minimizing Institutional Barriers Challenge: Minimizing Institutional Barriers   Authorities   Planning Processes   Relationships   Budgeting Processes

13 US Army Corps of Engineers What We Are Doing HQ streamlining/elimination of layers of review Delegated post-authorization and reconnaissance report approval Planning improvements and model R&D Civil Works Strategic Plan Environmental Advisory Board and Operating Principles Office of Water Project Review WRDA Provisions USACE 2012

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15 US Army Corps of Engineers ObjectivesObjectives Re-focus on mission objectives, not subordinate processes Streamline Project Review and Approval Leverage technology in project execution Enhance technical capability Save money Become more flexible and responsive

16 US Army Corps of Engineers A USACE 2012 Glossary RBC: Regional Business Center, a.k.a. Division; an extension of HQ with mission to leverage talents of subordinate districts, conduct regional-level interface. RIT: Regional Integration Team, at Washington HQ, one team for each of the 8 RBCs, integrating all disciplines and activities of HQ to enable RBCs and District to deliver products to our partners. CoP: Community of Practice: A grouping of Corps members at Washington, RBC and District level with similar interests (e.g., planning, environmental, public affairs, etc.) having frequent contact with each other to maintain professional skills at highest level.

17 US Army Corps of Engineers Communities of Practice Stakeholders Academia Professional/Trade Organizations Govt Agencies Industry Becoming a Learning Organization… Leveraging the Knowledge Cross Functional PDT PM

18 US Army Corps of Engineers What Does This Mean for YOU? Decision-making authority closer to project execution Stronger collaborative partnerships Reduced project delivery costs Common business practices Broadened knowledge and experience platforms Enhanced technical capability

19 US Army Corps of Engineers Funding Issues Funding shortfalls this year are more severe than at any point in the last 30 years – –Reduced appropriations in “real dollars” – –Virtual elimination of usable carry-over from prior years – –Impacts studies, construction, and operations and maintenance How we are responding: – –This year: “just in time” movement of $ and national program reviews – “get by” in the short term – –Fundamental change in approach to budgeting... “a little for everyone” not working

20 US Army Corps of Engineers Civil Works Program ($ Millions) FY03FY04FY04FY05 FY05 House ExpendedBudget AppropriationBudgetMarkup Construction, Gen.1,8121,3501,7221, ,880 Ops. & Maint., Gen.2,1351,9391,9681,9251,980 Gen. Investigations Miss. River & Tribs Regulatory Flood/Coastal Emerg.* 3770* 0500 FUSRAP Gen. Expenses Total Appropriation4,9054,1944,5714,2154,827 * Flood Control & Coastal Emergencies includes $60 M FY03 supplemental, partially carried over into FY04

21 US Army Corps of Engineers FY 04 Appropriation by Business Program Navigation $1,816 M 40% Emergency Management $7 M 0.2% Flood & Storm Damage Reduction $1,213 M 27% Environment & Regulatory $867 M 19% Hydropower $246 M 5% Recreation $260 M 6% Exec. Dir. & Mgmt. $160 M 3% Water Supply $3 M 0.1% Total = $4,571 M

22 US Army Corps of Engineers Priorities for funding, as well as amounts going to projects and activities, will vary greatly from that traditionally seen Priority to funds providing most value for money— performance metrics No business, account or regional element guaranteed a "pot" All activities will live by their performance New for FY05: Performance- Based Budgeting

23 US Army Corps of Engineers U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Budget – Way Ahead Continued operations in a fiscally constrained environment Refining performance and prioritization measures as we develop FY 06 budget Growing Congressional interest in 5-Year plan to focus $ on high pay-off projects and hold back others

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