The United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is updating 33 CFR Part 203, the Federal Regulation outlining how USACE implements its emergency authority provided in Public Law 84-99 for disaster preparedness, response, and recovery. The regulation was last revised in 2003. Since that time, there have been amendments to Public Law 84-99 through multiple Water Resource Development Acts passed by Congress. Additionally, USACE programs have evolved to implement lessons learned from events over the last 20 years. USACE will update the CFR to reflect these changes.
These proposed changes support the agency’s strategic direction to advance risk-informed decision making, increase risk awareness communications, improve relationships with public sponsors and enhance long-term sustainability and resiliency of flood risk management projects.
The CFR was posted to the Federal Register November 2022 and concluded in February 2023. Simultaneous outreach included 9 onsite sessions throughout the U.S. and consultation with two Tribal Nations. Final changes will be published in the Federal Register upon completion of interagency review.
If you are interested in learning more about the PL 84-99 Program and/or your opportunities to provide input to changes to this program, please contact Willem.H.Helms@usace.army.mil.