Prioritizing America's Water Resources Investments: Budget Reform for Civil Works Construction Projects at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

When hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in 2005, followed almost immediately by hurricane Rita, the resulting disaster provoked reevaluations of many government programs. Included were several reevaluations of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' role in these events. Most of the reevaluations focused on engineering and related failures of the New Orleans levee system, and the unintended ecological consequences of Corps navigation and flood control projects. However, a more general evaluation requested by the House of Representatives Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Resources Development related to the whole Corps budget process. At the House’s request, the Congress asked the Corps to engage the National Academy of Public Administration to evaluate the criteria used by the Corps to prioritize the projects in its annual budget requests and to recommend improvements. This report is the Academy’s response to that request.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Web
  • Edition: Full Report
  • Features: Appendices; Bibliography; Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 297p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01047331
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 1577441478
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Academy Project Number: 2097
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 24 2007 12:43PM