Upon an approved request, the Corps provides program services to state, regional and local governments, Indian tribes, and other non-federal public agencies without charge.
The Corps also offers program services to non-water resource federal agencies and to the private sector on an 100-percent cost-recovery basis. For most of these requests, we require payment before we provide services. The Corps uses a schedule of charges to recover the cost of services taking up to one day to provide. Additionally, the Corps uses letter requests or signed agreements to charge for those that take longer.
We encourage all entities that make requests to furnish available field survey data, maps of historical flood information and the like, to help reduce the cost of services.
Planning Assistance to States (PAS):
Other water issues can also be a challenge for states and Native American Tribes located near lakes, rivers, or oceans. The Corps helps tackle these needs through the Planning Assistance to States (PAS) Program.
Individual states and tribes determine the needed planning assistance. Every year, the Corps requests funding to accommodate as many studies as possible within the national funding allotment. Typical studies are only planning level of detail; they do not include detailed design for projects construction. The studies generally involve the analysis of existing data for planning purposes using standard engineering techniques; although, some data collection is often necessary. Most studies become the basis for state, tribal or local planning decisions.
The PAS program can encompass many types of water resource-related studies. Types of studies conducted in recent years include:
- Water supply and demand studies
- Water conservation studies
- Water quality studies
- Environmental conservation/restoration studies
- Wetland evaluation studies
- Flood damage reduction studies
- Floodplain management studies
- Coastal zone Management studies.
Congress funds the PAS Program. These studies are cost-shared on a 50% federal-50% non-federal basis. The study sponsor has the option of providing in-kind services for up to one half of its share of the study cost.