Water Resources:

Local Sponsors' Views on Corps' Implementation of Project Cost Sharing

RCED-92-11FS: Published: Nov 15, 1991. Publicly Released: Nov 15, 1991.

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Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Army Corps of Engineers' management and administration of its Civil Works Program, focusing on local sponsors' views on the Corps' implementation of legislation which requires the Corps to develop a cost-sharing partnership with local sponsors whose active participation and financial commitment are essential to accomplish water resource development projects.

GAO found that: (1) proposed Corps water development projects have four phases which include reconnaissance, feasibility, preconstruction engineering and design (PED), and construction; (2) most of the 448 local sponsors responding to a GAO questionnaire were generally satisfied with their interaction with the Corps during project planning and development as potential or actual cost-sharing partners; (3) although the majority of respondents were satisfied with their ability to interact with Corps staff and influence key project decisions, a significant number of respondents said that the Corps did not treat them as equal partners; (4) a majority of respondents with projects in the feasibility, PED, or construction phases had concerns about the cost-sharing agreements; and (5) respondents for 216 projects delayed or terminated during or at the end of a phase generally stated that a lack of financial capability, conflicting budget and project policies, or local political issues resulted in the delay or termination of their proposed projects.

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