“Sovereign Immunity” & the Fifth Circuit

On April 25, 2013, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit announced its decision in Lonatro, et al. v. United States, No. 12-30425, a case stemming from levee reconstruction performed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the wake of Hurricane Katrina...

Public private partnership opportunities: Flood risk reduction projects

Q: Which natural disaster during the past 30 years has caused the greatest loss of life and property value? A: Flooding Since the 1980s, according to the National Weather Service, flooding has flooding accounts for 90% of annual damages and loss of life associated with earthquakes, tornados, hurricanes, and other natural disasters...

Dawson welcomes Elizabeth Fagot, Assistant Chief Counsel for Real Estate at the Corps of Engineers

(Washington, D.C.) – A crucial aspect of almost all projects performed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers involves real estate acquisition, management, disposal and appraisal.  These involve complex legal and policy issues that are crucial to keeping projects on schedule...

New Directions on Long Term Superstorm Sandy Recovery

Recently, FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate testified before Congress about a new Presidential directive transferring long-term federal recovery and mitigation efforts from FEMA to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). This is a departure from past practice when FEMA stood point throughout recovery efforts regardless of how long it stretched out...

Water resources development: The long and winding road

Though the 112th Congress is coming to an end this month, interest and appreciation in Congress for the Nation’s water resources infrastructure programs of the Army Corps of Engineers is increasing. Long-time Corps watchers are optimistic that Congress will finally move legislation in the next Congress, hopefully in 2013...