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Planning plays a vital role in supporting the Corps of Engineers Civil Works water resources development mission. Through planning activities, including feasibility studies, Continuing Authorities Program studies, watershed studies, comprehensive/large scale studies, general reevaluation studies, validation studies and other post-authorization change studies - and more, Corps planners help decision-makers identify water resources problems, conceive solutions to them, and compare the importance of the inevitable conflicting values inherent in any solution.

The Planning Community Toolbox includes a wealth of information for planners and project delivery teams, including the policy, guidance, processes, and tools that are used every day in planning.

 

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 Black Dot Image Planning Workforce Development Guide - This document provides PCoP members guidance in holistic development based on their individual career goals and the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to excel in USACE water resources planning. JUNE 2020 UPDATE: The Planning Workforce Development Committee has been diligently adding content over the past six months, and all but two appendices are complete. Appendices A and B (Career Roadmaps & KSAs) are still under development and will be added later this year.
 Black Dot Image Partnering with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers: A Guide for Communities, Local Governments, States, Tribes, and Non-Governmental Organizations - Partnering with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers: A Guide for Communities, Local Governments, States, Tribes, and Non-Governmental Organizations provides potential sponsors with information on the programs and processes available for non-Federal partners and USACE representatives to work together to address the Nation’s water resources problems. The Guide includes an overview of the USACE Civil Works Program and describes how USACE can work with local, State, Tribal, and Federal agencies and other non-Federal partners on activities ranging from technical services and advice to planning and constructing water resources projects. A previous version of this document was originally published as the Project Partnership Kit by IWR back in 1996 and revised in 2001.
 Black Dot Image Single Phase Feasibility Study Resources - Resources for District Project Delivery Teams and non-Federal sponsors beginning single phase feasibility studies post WRRDA 2014. Materials such as fact sheets and memos can be customized by the teams as needed and reflect single phase feasibility studies (no reconnaissance phase), the 3x3 rule, SMART Planning milestones and processes, and risk-informed planning tools. If you have questions or additions to this list of tools, please let us know at hqplanning@usace.army.mil
 Black Dot Image Emergency Supplemental Single Phase Feasibility Study Resources - Resources for District Project Delivery Teams and non-Federal sponsors beginning single phase feasibility studies being funded by 2018 Emergency Supplemental appropriations. Materials such as fact sheets and memos can be customized by the teams as needed and reflect single phase feasibility studies (no reconnaissance phase), the 3x3 rule, SMART Planning milestones and processes, and risk-informed planning tools. If you have questions or additions to this list of tools, please let us know at hqplanning@usace.army.mil
 Black Dot Image DCW Memo on Improving Efficiency and Effectiveness in Project Delivery - The USACE Director of Civil Works in June 2017 challenged the agency to operationalize risk informed decision making in order to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of our project delivery. The new May 2018 policy memo details changes in the planning phase of project development. Documenting the identification, assessment, and management of risks in order to track and manage them is critical for successful project delivery. Further guidance and FAQ are being developed. Please email hqplanning@usace.army.mil to submit your questions.
 Black Dot Image USACE Planner Database  Corps Castle - It is time for all Planners to update their profiles. The USACE Planner Database has updated functionality and flexibility for recording Planning CoP training, workforce planning, and staffing ATR teams.
 Black Dot Image SMART Planning Feasibility Studies: A Guide to Coordination and Engagement with the Services - This guide was developed through a collaboration between the Corps, USFWS and NMFS. The Guide provides an overview of the SMART Planning process and demonstrates how key environmental coordination and compliance activities fit into that process. The Guide highlights opportunities for engagement and coordination at all stages of a planning study, re-emphasizing the need for early coordination.
 Black Dot Image Planning Manual Part II: Risk-Informed Planning - The Planning Manual Part II: Risk Informed Planning documents the state of the practice in risk-informed planning for the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Planning Community of Practice. It is a continuation of the original Planning Manual, published by the USACE Institute for Water Resources in 1996.
 
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Policy and Guidance Updates
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Planning Community Webinars
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ball graphicReal Estate and Planning: Partnering in Feasibility for Success (10/16/20)
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Other News
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Notices
 Black Dot Image Environmental Resources Branch Chief, Sacramento District (GS-14) - Sacramento District is recruiting to fill the position of Environmental Resources Branch Chief in its Planning Division (GS-14). The Environmental Resources Branch Chief serves as the authority on environmental compliance matters for the District, responsible for planning and directing the accomplishment of investigations and analyses pertaining to environmental, cultural, and recreation aspects of water resources projects and other Civil Works and Military work undertaken by the District in a region covering portions of eight states with great environmental and cultural diversity. Responsibilities of the incumbent include supervising a staff of approximately 35 employees in a variety of professional, technical, and support work; establishing priorities and ensuring quantity, quality, and timeliness of work products necessary to accomplish the assigned mission; providing technical advice to the District Engineer and staff chiefs in establishing policies and program objectives; and representing the District Engineer on committees or in meetings with Federal, state, and local agencies, and interested groups and persons. This position may be filled from the Social Science; Archeology; General Natural Resources Management and Biological Sciences; Landscape Architecture; or General Physical Science job series. This position may qualify for PCS allowances in accordance with agency policy. For more information, or to apply, please see the USAJobs posting (announcement number WTKC207232560024).
 Black Dot Image Planning Division Deputy Chief, Sacramento District (GS-14) - Sacramento District is seeking to fill the position of Deputy Chief, Planning Division (GS-14). The Deputy Chief of the Planning Division (PD) ensures coordination and consistency in procedures and reporting across the Water Resources Branch, Environmental Resources Branch, and PD Executive Office and represents the Chief in overall program discussions and decisions. Responsibilities of the incumbent include evaluating incoming policies, directives, correspondence, and requests for information, including data calls, to determine and direct any necessary action, such as training, guidance, responses or reports; in the absence of the PD Chief, serves personally and through the two branch chiefs as the senior technical consultant and advisor to the District Commander on plan formulation and environmental activities; helps facilitate liaison with the general public, newspapers, radio and television, Federal and local agencies, civic, social, and professional organizations on matters of mutual interest or concern; prepares situation reports and other reports to communicate the PD status of operation to the District Commander and higher echelons; and serves as the lead for oversight and tracking execution of the operating budget, in alignment with district and regional budget formulation and execution guidance. This position may be filled from the Community Planning; Social Science; Economist; Archeology; General Natural Resources Management and Biological Sciences; Civil Engineering; or General Physical Science job series. This position may qualify for PCS allowances in accordance with agency policy. For more information, or to apply, please see the USAJobs posting (announcement number WTKC207421687464).

 

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