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OFFICE OF THE ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR CIVIL WORKS

Mr. BEVILL. Mr. Secretary, what are your total responsibilities as Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works?

Mr. DAWSON. Mr. Chairman, the position of Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works was authorized in Section 211 (a) of P.L. 91-611, the Flood Control Act of 1970. This provision provides that the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works"... Shall have as his principal duty the overall supervision of the functions of the Department of the Army relating to programs for conservation and development of the national water resources including flood control, navigation, shore protection, and related purposes. In addition to the overall supervision of the Civil Works program of the Army Corps of Engineers, the Assistant Secretary for Civil Works also is responsible for overseeing the administration of Arlington National Cemetery and of the Panama Canal Commission.

Mr. BEVILL. How many people are employed in your office?

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Mr. DAWSON. There currently are 19 people employed in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works. This excludes the position of the Principal Deputy to the Assistant Secretary, which is vacant, and excludes the Secretary to the Principal Deputy, which also is vacant. The Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works is supported by eight civilian professional staff members, three military personnel, and seven secretarial and administrative personnel.

Mr. BEVILL. How is your office funded--under which appropriation account?

Mr. DAWSON. Mr. Chairman, the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works is funded out of the same account as other offices in the Army Secretariat, namely, Operation and Maintenance, Army, 2020.

Mr. BEVILL. Supply for the record a list of the duties performed by the individuals in your office.

Mr. DAWSON. I will be glad to.

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PUBLIC LAW 98-501

Mr. BEVILL. Public Law 98-501 establishes a National Council on Public Works Improvement and provides for the transfer of $3.2 million of Corps of Engineers funds to fund a National Council on Public Works Improvement. This action has not been approved by the Appropriations Committees. What is your authority to transfer funds appropriated by Congress for specific purposes for use on items not approved in Appropriation Bills?

Mr. DAWSON. Section 110 of Public Law, 98-501 is specific that up to $3.2 million for Fiscal Year 1985 is to be transferred and I quote, "From funds otherwise appropriated to the Secretary of the Army for the purposes of Civil Works---."

Mr. BEVILL. What is the source of the transferred funds?

Mr. DAWSON. The funds are to be transferred from the Revolving Fund. While the amount transferred totals $3.2 million, the plan is to use these funds over a 4 year period.

Mr. BEVILL. What specific use will be made of the funds?

Mr. DAWSON. The funds would be used by the Council in carrying out the provisions of Title I of the P.L. 98-501. At this point in time, the Council has not been appointed by the President and the Congress. When the Council is appointed, we would make the funds available to the Council.

Mr. BEVILL. What will the Corps role be in carrying out the provisions of Public Law 98-501?

Mr. DAWSON. Currently, the Corps can be expected to assist the Secretary of the Army in his role as Chairman of the Advisory Group to the National Council. Further, we anticipate providing significant assistance to the Council staff. The Corps has also initiated action to provide space and administrative support to the Council as required in Title I of PL 98-501. The Corps was the lead Federal agency in the preparation of the water resources portion of the Title II report that was provided to Congress by OMB on 15 February 1985.

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