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DOD/COE RIN: 0710-AB34 Publication ID: Fall 2023 
Title: Flood Control Cost-Sharing Requirements Under the Ability to Pay Provision 

Section 103(m) of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 1986, as amended (33 U.S.C. 2213(m)), authorizes the US Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) to reduce the non-Federal share of the cost of a study or project for certain communities that are not able financially to afford the standard non-Federal cost-share. Part 241 of Title 33 in the Code of Federal Regulations provides the criteria that the Corps uses in making these determinations where the primary purpose of the study or project is flood damage reduction. The proposed rule would update this regulation, by broadening its applicability to include projects with other purposes (instead of just flood damage reduction) and the feasibility study of a project (instead of just design and construction).

Agency: Department of Defense(DOD)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: Undetermined  Unfunded Mandates: Undetermined 
CFR Citation: 33 CFR 241   
Legal Authority: 33 U.S.C. 2213(m)   
Legal Deadline:  None

Statement of Need:

The Corps will conduct rulemaking to propose amendments to the Corps’ regulations at 33 CFR part 241 for Corps projects. The WRDA 2000 modified section 103(m) to include the projects with the following purposes: environmental protection and restoration, flood control, navigation, storm damage protection, shoreline erosion, hurricane protection, and recreation or an agricultural water supply project which have not yet been added to the regulation.  It also included the opportunity to cost share all phases of a USACE project to also include feasibility studies in addition to the already covered design and construction. This rule would update the framework for determining whether a project is eligible for consideration for a reduction in the non-Federal cost share based on ability to pay.

Summary of the Legal Basis:

33 U.S.C. 2213(m).


The preferred alternative is to conduct rulemaking to amend 33 CFR 241 by broadening the project purposes for which the Corps could reduce the non-Federal cost-share based on ability to pay and by allowing such a reduction for feasibility studies. The next best alternative would be to provide additional guidance instead of amending the existing regulation. This alternative could lead to confusion for the regulated public.

Anticipated Costs and Benefits:

The proposed rule would add Corps procedures on the ability to pay provision allowing for consistent implementation across the Corps and clear understanding of the program and its requirements by the regulated public.


The proposed action is not anticipated to affect risk to public health, safety, or the environment. It would outline the procedures the Corps will follow when evaluating the ability to pay provision for cost-sharing with the non-Federal sponsor.

Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  01/00/2024 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: Yes 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Related RINs: Previously reported as 0710-AA91 
Agency Contact:
Amy Frantz
Program Manager
Department of Defense
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
CECW-P, 441 G Street NW,
Washington, DC 20314
Phone:202 761-0106