USACE is Seeking Public Input to Proposed Updates

USACE New Orleans District
Published Dec. 6, 2022

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers values your partnership and is seeking public input on proposed updates to the federal regulation 33 CFR 203.  This is the regulation that outlines how USACE implements its authority provided in Public Law 84-99 for disaster preparedness, response, and recovery activities.

We ask that you share this information with your membership to encourage input on these proposed changes.

The CFR was last revised in 2003. Since that time, there have been many changes to Public Law 84-99 through legislation passed by Congress. Additionally, USACE programs have evolved to implement lessons learned from many events over the last 20 years.

Specifically, USACE is seeking public input on proposed changes that:

•           ENCOURAGE the broader use of flood risk management actions to reduce risks.

•           PROVIDE flexibility of requirements to protect and restore natural resources.

•           SUPPORT risk-informed decision-making as the basis for project operations and maintenance.

•           REINFORCE USACE’s commitment to transparency and partnering.


USACE will host nine in-person stakeholder engagement workshops and may hold additional virtual sessions. These sessions will be held in:

•           Kansas City, MO on 29 Nov 22

•           Fort Worth, TX on 1 Dec 22

•           Seattle, WA on 6 Dec 22

•           Sacramento, CA on 8 Dec 22

•           Chicago, IL on 13 Dec 22

•           Rock Island, IL on 15 Dec 22

•           New Orleans, LA on 10 Jan 23

•           Wilmington, NC on 12 Jan 23

•           Concord, MA on 17 Jan 23


Registration for the in-person workshops will open up on 24 October 2022 at

You may share the attached information about the outreach sessions and rulemaking process for 33 CFR Part 203 with your membership. Of note, the proposed updates to 33 CFR 203 are tentatively scheduled for posting to the Federal Register on/around mid-November 2022.

Matt Roe

Release no. 22-027