This AAE is the first AAE to contain several modernized provisions of the treaty after a comprehensive review and update of the language of the partnership by USACE. The PPP was quickly negotiated and approved as part of a team effort betweenCCA staff and the USACE Galveston District, the USACE Southwest Division and USACE Headquarters. In summary, the panel found that in recent years, USACE has made considerable efforts to improve the AAE process by issuing standard agreements and standardized guidelines. There are currently 28 PPA models. Many of these models contain voluntary provisions that give districts the flexibility to correct the model changes needed during their negotiations with non-federal sponsors. The availability of models and options facilitated the transfer of decision-making powers to the department level, ensuring consistent preparation and negotiation of AAEs by district offices, as well as audit and approval by departmental offices, in accordance with statutes and policies. This delegation accelerated the implementation of the AAEs. The updated new models also help sponsors understand the requirements of a partnership with USACE. Project Partnership Agreements (AAEs) are legally binding agreements between the Ministry of the Army and non-federal sponsors, which define the conditions for cost-sharing and construction of a project or a separable component of a project. In accordance with congressional instructions for the Water Resource Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) of 2014, USACE commissioned the National Academy of Public Administration (the Academy) to conduct a comprehensive evaluation of the AAE process, including proposed changes to the process, provided by non-federal interests, and recommendations to improve the presentation of AAEs and the AAE process. The total project is expected to cost $327 million, with usACE`s proportionate share of costs estimated at $225 million and PCCA`s proportionate share at $102 million. The AAE allows the PCCA to accelerate its share of project cost participation, allowing it to begin construction before federal funding up to $102 million.
These funds are intended for the planning and construction of the deepening of the Corpus Christi Ship Channel from the Gulf of Mexico to Harbor Island east of Port Aransas Ferry Landing. The Corpus Christi Ship Channel Improvement Project was initially approved by Congress under the Water Resource Development Act (WRDA) of 2007. Congress once again approved the Christi Ship Channel in WRDA corpus infrastructure improvement project in WRDA 2014 and reaffirmed its commitment to the project in accordance with the WIIN 2016 Water Infrastructure Act.