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 WALTHAM, Mass., Nov. 19 ~PRNewswire~ -- Army officials released today the "U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Reorganization Plan." The plan is a result of 14 months of study by the Corps of Engineers and calls for a comprehensive reorganization at all levels of the Corps, as well as the institution of streamlined processes throughout the organization. Under the plan, all district offices will remain open and will retain project management, construction, operations~maintenance, regulatory and emergency functions.
 The New England Division, located in Waltham, Mass., will be reorganized and expanded to support its newly established regional responsibilities.
 Under the newly established Northeast Division there will be four Districts; Boston, Baltimore, Philadelphia and New York.
 The Boston District will support both Civil Works and Military programs and projects in the six-state New England region and will retain a majority of the current NED missions and responsibilities, to include Regulatory, Projects and Program Management, Construction, Operations, Contracting, Real Estate and Public Affairs.
 Additionally, a Civil Works Technical Center will be formed at the Boston District -- providing a greater depth of planning, design, and technical review capabilities to both New England and the Northeast Division.
 This plan is the culmination of efforts begun in 1990 when the Congress directed the Army to consider alternatives for updating the Corps structure and processes. Five million dollars requested by the Administration and approved by Congress will be utilized in fiscal year 1993 to begin implementation of the headquarters and division portions of the plan. The plan will result in an annual savings estimated at $115 million and the reduction of approximately 2,600 positions in Corps offices across the country by 1995. The reorganization of the Corps will benefit the public through reduced management and overhead costs, expedited decision-making and enhanced responsiveness.
 The first phase of the Reorganization Plan will take place in fiscal year 1993 and will concentrate on changes at the headquarters and division level. Eleven current division offices will be consolidated into six divisions. Implementation will begin in February 1993 with the movement of Corps military and civilian leadership to the new divisions. No other movement of Corps personnel is anticipated until mid-fiscal year 1993.
 The second phase of the Reorganization Plan calls for changes in the district offices of the Corps of Engineers, subject to available funding in fiscal year 1994. The plan calls for:
 -- Retention and realignment of all district offices in order to guarantee continued service to local customers, partners and other agencies.
 -- Creation of 15 technical centers, collocated with districts, thereby providing a greater depth of planning, design and technical review capability.
 -- Creation of five administrative centers which will centralize and consolidate selected support functions, such as portions of information management, human resources and resource management services.
 -- Retention of project management and construction capability at all district offices, thereby continuing the Corps' commitment to efficient delivery of customer-oriented service.
 The estimated total one-time cost for implementation of this restructuring plan is $215 million, to include costs for personnel actions, relocation of employees, the movement of offices and other contingencies.
 "The plan is essential to the future of the Corps, and the benefits are significant. Reorganization will demonstrate a strong and continued commitment to our people, our customers, our partners, and our values," said Lt. Gen. Arthur E. Williams, Corps Commander and Chief of Engineers.
 Williams added that the Corps has developed a special placement program to find new jobs for those employees who want to stay with the Corps, as well as numerous other programs and initiatives for assisting its members through the reorganization.
 "The Army has made available to us the services of a leading personnel guidance and placement firm that we intend to use to help our people who either do not wish to relocate, or who are unable to find satisfactory jobs in other Corps locations. We are committed to providing every authorized benefit for our members who are affected, including moving expenses, home purchases and flexible schedules for reporting to new assignments," Williams said.
 The Corps of Engineers has not undergone a major reorganization since 1942. Following a series of studies, the Congress appropriated in the 1993 Energy and Water Bill $5 million to reorganize the Corps headquarters and its geographic divisions. An additional $7 million may also be applied to the reorganization effort through authority written into the bill for the transfer of funds from other sources. The bill also includes a provisions prohibiting the Corps from closing any district offices.
 The present reorganization effort began with a fresh examination of the need for reorganization. "We took another serious look at the Corps' roles, missions, workload, funding and cost efficiency. This review confirmed that the Corps needs to reorganize if it is to continue its rich tradition of responsive, efficient and economical engineering services to the Nation," Williams concluded.
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