Role and Vision
The Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works) - ASA(CW) - is appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate. The ASA(CW) establishes policy direction and provides supervision of the Department of the Army functions relating to all aspects of the Civil Works program of the Army Corps of Engineers.
Among the specific responsibilities of the ASA(CW) are:
- Managing the Department of the Army Civil Works program for conservation and development of the national water resources, including flood risk reduction, navigation, environmental protection and restoration, hydropower, and related purposes.
- Overseeing the Corps of Engineers Planning program and developing the Army position for authorization of water resources development projects.
- Developing, defending, and executing the Army Civil Works policy, legislation, and financial program and budget.
- Developing policy and guidance for and administering the Army regulatory program to protect, restore, and maintain the waters of the United States in the interest of the environment, navigation, and national defense.
- Providing Congressional liaison on Civil Works matters and as the Department of the Army point of contact for House and Senate Authorization and Appropriations Committees charged with oversight of the Army Civil Works program.
- Developing policy guidance for and conducting oversight of the Corps of Engineers programs in support of other Federal agencies, non-Federal public entities and foreign governments, except those foreign activities that are exclusively in support of United States military forces overseas.
Congress established the position of ASA(CW) in Section 211 of the Flood Control Act of 1970, PL 91-611. The position and its purpose were reaffirmed in Section 501 of the Goldwater-Nichols Department of Defense Reorganization Act of 1986, PL 99-433. The specific duties of ASA (CW) are enumerated in Army General Orders No. 3, as amended.
The main source of funding for the Army Civil Works program is through annual Energy and Water Development Appropriations Acts. Authorizing legislation is provided primarily by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.