The Army Corps of Engineers is facing bipartisan heat from House lawmakers about how it is carrying out important policy changes called for in the 2007 Water Resources Development Act. Because the Corps and the Army have been slow in meeting WRDA requirements, critical infrastructure projects could be delayed, says Marco Giamberardino, senior director of the Associated General Contractors’ federal and heavy construction division.
The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure on March 4 held a hearing and released a report assessing the Corps’ implementation of WRDA. In the report and in their comments at the hearing, lawmakers on the panel criticized the Corps and the Dept. of the Army for failing to meet key deadlines and for not following WRDA’s intent.