Craig R. Schmauder
Acting Principal Deputy General Counsel
Headquarters, Department of the Army
Washington, D.C.
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Selected into the Senior Executive Service in November 2002, Mr. Schmauder assumed the position of Acting Principal Deputy General Counsel on 3 January 2022. From January 2021 to January 2022, Mr. Schmauder served as the Senior Official Performing the Duties of General Counsel. Prior to taking on the responsibilities of General Counsel, Mr. Schmauder served as the Deputy General Counsel for Installations, Environment and Civil Works (IECW) in Headquarters, Department of the Army a position he has held since 2004. As Deputy General Counsel (IECW), Mr. Schmauder provides counsel to the Secretary of the Army and other senior leaders on a broad range of activities, including Army installations, land and facilities management, energy resilience and sustainment, environmental compliance, water resources development, civil works construction, real estate acquisition and condemnation, base realignment and closure, as well as cultural and natural resources. Mr. Schmauder also advises Army leadership on all matters involving the administration of Arlington National Cemetery and Army cemeteries worldwide.

Career Chronology

  • 2022 – Present: Acting Principal Deputy General Counsel, Headquarters, U.S. Army, Washington, DC
  • 2021 – 2022: Senior Official Performing the Duties of General Counsel, Headquarters, U.S. Army, Washington, DC
  • 2004 – Present: Deputy General Counsel, Headquarters, U.S. Army, Washington, DC
  • 2003 – 2004: Acting Chief Counsel, Headquarters, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Washington, DC
  • 2002 – 2003: Deputy Chief Counsel, Headquarters, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Washington, DC
  • 1997 – 2002: Counsel, U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville, AL
  • 1994 – 1997: Assistant Chief Counsel for Legal Services Policy, Information and Programs, Headquarters, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Washington, DC
  • 1988 – 1994: Acting Deputy Chief Counsel, Headquarters, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Washington, DC
  • 1987 – 1988: Senior Counsel for Information Management, Headquarters, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Washington, DC
  • 1985 – 1987: Assistant Counsel for Procurement, Headquarters, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Washington, DC
  • 1981 – 1985: Assistant Division Counsel, Middle East Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Winchester, VA
  • 1980 – 1981: Assistant Counsel for Procurement, Headquarters, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Washington, DC

Education

  • JD, College of Law, University of Tulsa (1980)
  • BA summa cum laude, C.W. Post College (1977)

Leadership/Executive Training

  • APEX, Department of Defense (2019)
  • Army Senior Executive Education Program Advanced Course, University of Virginia (2019)
  • Army Senior Executive Education Program Intermediate Course, University of Notre Dame (2012)
  • Driving Government Performance, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University (2008)
  • Army Strategic Leadership Development Course, San Mateo, CA (2005)
  • Leadership for a Democratic Society, Federal Executive Institute (1992)
  • Leadership and Executive Development, Office of Personnel Management (1990)

Certifications

  • Virginia State Bar
  • Class III Trial Attorney, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Awards and Honors

  • Superior Civilian Service Award (2021)
  • Bronze Order of the de Fleury Medal, Army Engineer Association (2019)
  • Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service (2016) (2009)
  • Superior Civilian Service Award (2015) (2009)
  • Presidential Rank Award, Distinguished Executive (2015)
  • Presidential Rank Award, Meritorious Executive (2009)
  • Meritorious Civilian Service Award (2004) (1995) (1992)
  • Commander’s Award for Civilian Service (2002) (1995)
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineer Chief Counsel’s Spirit of Arrowhead Award (1998)
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers EEO Director’s Award (1996)
  • U.S. Army Achievement Medal for Civilian Service (1992)
  • E. Manning Seltzer Award (Special Contributions to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Legal Services) (1989)

Professional Memberships and Associations

  • Federal Executive Institute Alumni Association

Publications

  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 2012: Preparing USACE for the 21st Century (2003)
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Report on the Delivery of USACE Legal Services (1994)
  • Flushing the In-Box: An Approach to Legal Automation, From Yellow Pads To Computers, Transforming Your Practice with a Computer, 2ND Ed., American Bar Association (1991)
  • Liability of the Architect-Engineer for Construction Contracts, 16 Public Contract Law Journal 365 (1987)