H.R. 1662: Army Corps Accountability Act of 2013

113th Congress, 2013–2015. Text as of Apr 19, 2013 (Introduced).

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113th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1662

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

April 19, 2013

(for himself and Mr. Boustany) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned

A BILL

To amend chapter 171 of title 28, United States Code, and the Federal Flood Control Act of 1928 to provide for liability for the United States Army Corps of Engineers in cases of damage caused by the gross negligence of an officer or employee of the Corps.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Army Corps Accountability Act of 2013 .

2.

United States Army Corps of Engineers not exempt from liability

(a)

Liability for gross negligence generally

Section 2680(a) of title 28, United States Code, is amended by inserting , except in the case of the United States Army Corps of Engineers, which shall be liable in the case of a claim arising out of damage caused by the gross negligence of an officer or employee of the Corps before the period.

(b)

Liability for damage from flood waters

Section 3 of the Federal Flood Control Act of 1928 (33 U.S.C. 702c) is amended in the second paragraph, by striking : Provided, however, That if and inserting , except in the case of the United States Army Corps of Engineers, which shall be liable under chapter 171 of title 28, United States Code, for any such damage caused by the gross negligence of an officer or employee of the Corps. If.

3.

Effective date

The amendments made by this Act shall apply in the case of damage that occurred on or after August 29, 2005.