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Army Corps of Engineers turns to private sector in face of budget cuts

from Federal News Network

Civil infrastructure has been deteriorating faster than the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers can keep up with for years, and the 31% cut to its funding called for in the president's budget proposal won't help the situation. That's why it's asking Congress to sign off on new tools in their fiscal 2020 budget that would help reduce a $98 billion backlog of civil works construction projects by involving the private sector. The Non-Federal Construction of Federal Projects program, authorized in the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014, would transfer funds to non-federal partners to complete construction projects, while the Innovative Funding Partnerships program would increase the amount of funds available for these projects. more

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