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Army Corps of Engineers: The Corps Needs to Take Steps to Identify All Projects and Studies Eligible for Deauthorization

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Why GAO Did This Study. The Corps reports having a backlog of more than 1,000 authorized water resources construction projects in its Civil Works Program that it estimates to cost more than 62 billion to complete, as of June 2014. Federal statute requires the Corps to identify for deauthorization projects that have had no obligations for 5 years and studies that have had no appropriations for 5 years. Once a project or study is deauthorized, it must be reauthorized to begin or resume construction or study. GAO was asked to review the Corps construction backlog and deauthorization processes. This report examines 1 the extent to which the Corps tracks its backlog of construction projects and studies, and 2 the extent to which the Corps identifies construction projects and studies eligible for deauthorization, and meets statutory deauthorization requirements. GAO reviewed legislation, Corps policy, guidance, and documentation of its backlog and deauthorization process. GAO interviewed Corps headquarters officials and officials from 16 of the Corps 38 domestic civil works districts, selected based on geographical representation and number of projects. What GAO Recommends. GAO recommends, among other things, that the Corps establish and implement policies to ensure projects and studies are tracked establish a mechanism to track studies and develop and implement policies to identify projects and studies that meet deauthorization criteria, and notify Congress. The Department of Defense concurred with the recommendations.

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  • Administration and Management
  • Civil Engineering

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