Mr. Victor V. Veysey served as the first Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works) (ASA (CW)) from March 1975 to January 1977. As the first ASA (CW), he set the standard for civilian oversight of the Corps during a very challenging period. Water and power projects were getting larger and, to help finance these projects and give local citizens more input into the Corps' projects, he identified cost sharing with local governments as an important issue. The environmental movement also matured and began influencing many Army decisions. He also played a major role in the negotiations that ultimately lead to the Panama Canal Treaty.
Prior to this position, Mr. Veysey was a Congressman in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1971 to 1975, representing the 38th and 43rd Districts of California.
Also under the purview of Mr. Veysey, were policy matters concerning the Army Corps of Engineers' regulatory authority with respect to construction work impacting "waters of the United States." Currently, Mr. Veysey is the Director of the Industrial Relations Center and Lecturer in Business Economics, Institute of Technology, State of California.
Mr. Veysey died on February 13, 2001.