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Peering into the crystal ball on Corps of Engineers mitigation policy

Posted on June 20, 2018
Dillingham Harbor (AK) annual dredging operations. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Ariel Wittneberg at E&E News had an interesting three-part series recently on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers mitigation requirements in Alaska. An excerpt: The Army Corps of Engineers is greenlighting development in thousands of acres of Alaskan wetlands without requiring companies to offset resource damage, according to an E&E News analysis of five years of Clean Water Act permits...

Understanding the Federal pipeline permit system

Posted on May 30, 2018
Alaska Pipeline CNN’s Matt Egan just posted on the U.S. shale oil industry, Why American oil can keep booming despite crazy swings. The article shows how U.S. oil companies are cleaning up their balance sheets and adopting a more disciplined approach to launching major projects to avoid financial troubles...

Was Corps management on the Missouri River a “taking”?

Posted on May 2, 2018
unnamed (2) Recently, in a 259-page decision, US Court of Federal Claims Judge Nancy Firestone held that river management changes begun by the Army Corps of Engineers in 2004, including efforts to aid endangered fish and birds, led to damages estimated at more than $300 million in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa...

Remembering Barbara Bush’s irrepressible wit

Posted on April 18, 2018
Vice President and Mrs. Bush with Peter Arnold at the Vice President’s residence in Washington, DC (December 1987) With former First Lady Barbara Bush’s passing, the nation mourns a wonderful, remarkable First Lady whose signature issue was a lifelong campaign for literacy. Those who knew her are rapidly posting excellent and well-deserved tributes to her and her exemplary life (click here and here, for example)...

Federal contracting debriefings: failure to communicate?

Posted on April 5, 2018
rich-jimm Recent policy issued by the Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP), and passage of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act address a common perception in Federal contract management; debriefings are not the forum for a meaningful, open and honest exchange of information the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) intended...


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