Water Resources:

Factors That Lead to Successful Cost Sharing in Corps Projects

RCED-93-114: Published: Aug 12, 1993. Publicly Released: Aug 12, 1993.

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GAO reviewed the Army Corps of Engineers' cost sharing partnerships with local sponsors of water projects, focusing on: (1) what factors contributed to the sponsors' successful partnerships with the Corps; and (2) the sponsors' concerns about cost sharing agreements and the relationship between those concerns and the type of project.

GAo found that: (1) the factors that contributed to successful partnerships included good communications between the Corps and the local sponsor, the sponsor's active involvement in decision and meetings, and the Corps responding to sponsors' concerns about cost sharing; (2) sponsors' concerns about cost sharing related to the total cost of the study or project, their ability to pay their share of the costs, and changes in cost-sharing agreements; and (3) most of the sponsors' concerns about local cooperation agreements related to flood control projects in the Corps' Southwestern and North Central Divisions.

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