The Deputy General Counsel and his staff support the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works) and other Secretariat officials with legal issues relating to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' civil works and regulatory programs. IE&CW is responsible for addressing a wide variety of legal issues that are raised in connection with these programs. Work regularly involves developing Army legal interpretations of statutory authorities; developing, drafting, coordinating, and revising regulations; assisting the Department of Justice in litigation; and drafting, negotiating, and reviewing intergovernmental agreements relating to Army Civil Works projects worldwide. Notable initiatives include:
Provide legal and policy advice on the detailed planning processes, authorization, funding, and implementation in support of navigation to ensure that water traffic can move safely, reliably, and efficiently with minimal impact on the environment. Assist in developing partnerships with local communities and stakeholders in cost sharing the construction and maintenance of these navigation channels and harbors. Negotiate agreements for the construction of deeper harbors to accommodate larger vessels.
Flood and Hurricane and Storm Damage Reduction
Provide legal and policy advice on the detailed planning process, authorization, funding, and implementation in support of the flood risk and emergency management activities, such as dams, levees and dikes, shoreline protection projects, emergency preparedness and response, and non-structural measures to reduce susceptibility to damage. Coordinate with other federal and local agencies and stakeholders in developing policy and the implementation of projects that protect lives and property in the event of floods and coastal storms, such as Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy.
Provide legal and policy advice on water resources projects that protect and restore river habitats, restore floodplains, stabilize river banks, and improve water flow.
Army National Military Cemeteries
Providing legal advice to the Secretary of the Army regarding the program and budget for the Army National Military Cemeteries (ANMC) which consists of the Arlington National Cemetery (ANC) and the Soldiers' and Airmen's Home National Cemetery as well as oversight of 38 other Army cemeteries. Advising the Executive Director of ANMC regarding the interment and inurnment policies for the Army National Cemeteries and issues related to the other 38 Army cemteries. Advising the Superintendent of ANC regarding the administration, operation, and maintenance of ANC. Assisting in the ANC Advisory Group's review of requests for exceptions to interment and inurnment policy and advising the Secretary of the Army on his decision to grant or deny such requests. Advising the ANC Advisory Committee in their role as senior policy advisors to the Secretary of the Army with regard to the long term strategic direction of ANC.