Release no. 18-064
Washington (November 21, 2018) - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) delivered to Congress its Fiscal Year 2019 (FY 2019) Work Plan for the Army Civil Works program yesterday.
On September 21, 2018, President Trump signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019, Public Law 115-244, of which Division A is the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act (the Act) for FY 2019. The Act provides $6.999 billion in FY 2019 appropriations for the Army Civil Works program, of which $6.566 billion is appropriated in five accounts: Investigations; Construction; Operation and Maintenance; Mississippi River and Tributaries; and the Formerly Utilized Sites Remedial Action Program (FUSRAP).
The Act’s accompanying Statement of Managers report allocates approximately $4.467 billion of the total for these five accounts to specific programs, projects and activities (PPA). USACE is responsible for allocating the remainder in these accounts, approximately $2.099 billion, to specific PPAs, consistent with the categories, subcategories, and other direction provided in the Statement of Managers. The allocation of these additional funds is presented in the work plan.
The remaining $432 million in the FY 2019 Civil Works appropriations provides funding for USACE in the Expenses, Regulatory, Flood Control and Coastal Emergencies (FCCE), and Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works accounts.
“The Army’s Civil Works FY 2019 work plan provides funding to start, continue, and complete studies and construction projects that will get dirt moving to better the lives of Americans, their infrastructure, economy and environment," said The Honorable R. D. James, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works.
The Army Civil Works budget funds the planning, design, construction, and operation and maintenance of water resources projects, with a focus on the highest performing work within the three main Civil Works mission areas: commercial navigation, flood and storm damage reduction, and aquatic ecosystem restoration. It also funds programs that contribute to the protection of the nation’s waters and wetlands; the generation of low-cost renewable
hydropower; the restoration of certain sites contaminated as a result of the nation’s early atomic weapons development program; and emergency preparedness and training to respond to natural disasters.
The approximately $2.099 billion in additional funding not allocated by the Statement of Managers to specified PPAs in the five appropriations is subdivided into numerous categories and subcategories within these broad areas:
Work eligible for consideration for the additional funding generally includes projects, programs and activities funded in the three previous fiscal years, with emphasis on ongoing work on projects, programs and activities that can attain a significant milestone or produce significant outputs in FY 2019.
The work plan identifies the projects, programs, and activities within the Civil Works program that will receive the FY 2019 funding and how much each will receive. With the total funding for this fiscal year, the work plan funds to completion 15 feasibility studies and one Limited Reevaluation Report, five projects in the Preconstruction Engineering and Design phase, and 21 construction projects or elements of projects.
Studies Funded for Completion in FY 2019:
Preconstruction Engineering and Design Funded for Completion in FY 2019:
Construction Projects Funded for Completion in FY 2019:
Public Law 115-244 requires USACE to fund six new studies in the Investigations account and five new projects in the Construction account. The Army selected six previously unfunded studies and five previously unfunded construction projects based on performance and on considerations provided in the Statement of Managers.
The Statement of Managers stipulates that of the six new studies funded in the Investigations account, one shall be for a navigation study; one shall be for a flood and storm damage reduction study; one shall be for an environmental restoration study; and three shall be for navigation, flood and storm damage reduction, environmental restoration, water supply, or multi-purpose studies. The six selected studies are:
The Statement of Managers also stipulates that of the five Construction new starts, one shall be for navigation; one shall be for flood and storm damage reduction; one shall be for environmental restoration; and two shall be for navigation, flood and storm damage reduction, environmental restoration, or multi-purpose projects. The five selected projects are:
The work plan listing the amounts provided to various programs, projects and activities for each of the five appropriations accounts can be found at: http://www.usace.army.mil/Missions/CivilWorks/Budget.aspx.
The Statement of Managers (House Report 115-929) can be found at https://www.congress.gov/congressional-report/115th-congress/house-report/929/1?overview=closed