Darcy Sworn In as New Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works

October 2, 2009

WASHINGTON, Oct. 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Honorable Jo-Ellen Darcy was sworn in today as the U.S. Army’s 11th Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works (ASA(CW)) in a Pentagon ceremony. Secretary of the Army John McHugh conducted the swearing-in ceremony.

“I am tremendously honored to have this opportunity to serve as the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works,” said Darcy.

“America is faced with many challenges in how to best conserve, protect, enhance and use its critical water resources today and into the future,” Darcy continued. “We also need to modernize and maintain the nation’s aging water-related infrastructure that is so critical to our environment, economy, and the quality of life for all Americans.”

“I look forward to working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and other federal and non-federal agencies as we seek enduring, sustainable solutions to these challenges,” added Darcy.

As the ASA(CW), Darcy will establish policy direction and provide supervision of the Department of the Army functions relating to all aspects of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Civil Works program. This includes all reimbursable work performed on behalf of other federal and non-federal entities, as well as the formulation and oversight of the program and budget of the Army National Cemeteries. Her responsibilities include programs for the conservation and development of the nation’s water and wetland resources, flood risk reduction, navigation, and shore protection.

Darcy was appointed ASA(CW) by President Barack Obama on August 11 following her confirmation by the Senate on August 7. She had previously been the Senior Environmental Advisor to the Senate Finance Committee, responsible for environment, conservation and energy issues.

Prior to that, Darcy was Senior Policy Advisor to the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, concentrating on water resource and conservation issues involving the Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. From 1993 through 2000, she served as a professional staff member on the EPW Committee, working on a variety of issues, including the Safe Drinking Water Act, Army Corps of Engineers programs, FEMA, Everglades restoration and the Clean Water Act.

Darcy hails from Fitchburg, Mass., and has a B.A. in philosophy and sociology from Boston College and a M.S. in resource development from Michigan State University.

SOURCE U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

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