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he 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.
Proposed changes to the federal regulation will be published in the Federal Register for a 90-day public comment period, through which interested parties can provide input prior to the development of the final rule.
In addition to public comment, USACE will host regional stakeholder workshops to discuss the proposed rule and solicit input on the proposed revisions. Listening sessions will be held in:
- Kansas City, MO on 29 Nov 22
- Fort Worth, TX on 1 Dec 22
- Seattle, WA on 6 Dec 22
- Sacramento, CA on 8 Dec 22
- Chicago, IL on 13 Dec 22
- Rock Island, IL on 15 Dec 22
- New Orleans, LA on 10 Jan 23
- Wilmington, NC on 12 Jan 23
- Concord, MA on 17 Jan 23
If necessary, virtual listening sessions will be scheduled in late January 2023.
Interested parties can register to participate in these regional stakeholder workshops via https://www.eventbrite.com/cc/public-law-84-99-rulemaking-outreach-sessions-1299419
Following publication of the proposed rule in the Federal Register, comments can be submitted through www.regulations.gov; via email to 33CFR203@usace.army.mil; or by mail to HQ, US Army Corps of Engineers, ATTN: 33CFR203/CECW-HS/3D64, 441 G Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20314-1000.
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.