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Overview of the Recovery Act

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) was signed into law by President Obama on February 17, 2009. It is an unprecedented effort to jumpstart our economy, create or save millions of jobs, and put a down payment on addressing long-neglected challenges so our country can thrive in the 21st century. The Act is an extraordinary response to a crisis unlike any since the Great Depression, and includes measures to modernize our nation's infrastructure, enhance energy independence, expand educational opportunities, preserve and improve affordable health care, provide tax relief, and protect those in greatest need.

Implementing the Recovery Act

President Barack Obama signed into law the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 on Feb. 17. The act, Public Law 111-5, is also referred to as the “stimulus package” and is intended to help in the recovery of the U.S. economy.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is directly appropriated $4.6 billion in the act for its civil works program, and expects to receive between $2 billion and $2.5 billion for military programs missions through the Department of Defense. Military programs has already received requests from non-DoD agencies for assistance in executing $1 billion in work, and additional requests are anticipated.
  • The $4.6 billion provided for the civil works program includes $2 billion for construction and $2.075 billion for O&M. The Mississippi River and Tributaries account will receive $375 million in appropriations.
  • USACE has identified many potential civil works projects that meet the criteria of the legislation for funding, and in mid-March expects to publish its final list of projects to receive Recovery Act dollars. Selected projects will be distributed across the U.S. and across USACE programs to provide the nation with inland and coastal navigation, environmental, flood risk management, hydropower, recreation, and more.
  • The Corps’ military programs expects to receive about $1.4 billion in military construction (MILCON) funding. The Recovery Act provides more than $3 billion in Sustainment, Restoration, and Modernization funds for Army, Air Force, and DoD health facilities, but the specific amount USACE will execute is undetermined at this time.
  • USACE, as the DoD construction agent, is working closely with DoD, Army, and Air Force program managers to refine project lists and timelines for project awards and construction schedules. USACE anticipates awarding contracts for child development centers, Warrior in Transition complexes, family housing, troop billeting, and hospitals.
  • The MILCON funds include $555 million for expanding the Homeowners Assistance Program to provide assistance to relocating military service members, civilian employees, and their families who face financial loss due to the ongoing housing crisis. The Directorate of Real Estate is developing policy guidance for implementing new authorities provided in the recovery act.

Recovery Act Contact

Email: recoveryact@usace.army.mil
Information Line: 877-515-1187

Waste, Fraud and Abuse

To report allegations of impropriety, issues of systems deficiency, complaints, grievances, and matters of concern or requests for assistance received from, or presented by, soldiers, family members, retirees, former soldiers, DA Civilians, or other individuals concerned with the activities:

- Contact the Department of Defense Inspector General
- Contact the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Inspector General

Recipient Reporting

The following document is provided to assist contractors and other who receive American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds to estimate the number of jobs that are associated with those funds. The third reporting period is 1-30 April and covers the period 1 January through 31 March 2010. Be sure to visit http://federalreporting.gov to register and submit your report.

Reporting Guidance