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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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ball graphicEconomic Guidance Memorandum, 21-01, Federal Interest Rates for Corps of Engineers Projects for Fiscal Year 2021 (11/19/20)
ball graphicWebinar - Continuing Authorities Program (CAP) Updates  September 2020 (09/30/20)
ball graphicCouncil on Environmental Quality (CEQ), Memorandum for Heads of Federal Departments and Agencies: Implementation of Updated National Environmental Policy Act Regulations (09/10/20)

 
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Planning Community Webinars
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ball graphicCEQ NEPA Regulations: Continuing the Discussion (11/12/20)
ball graphicEngaging Operations During Feasibility (10/29/20)
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Other News
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Notices
 Black Dot Image NAD and LRD Regional Integration Team Deputy, USACE Headquarters (GS-15) - USACE Headquarters is seeking to fill the exciting role of Regional Integration Team Deputy for the North Atlantic Division (NAD) and Great Lakes and Ohio River Division (LRD) within the Directorate of Civil Works (GS-15, Supervisory Program Manager). Responsibilities of the incumbent include: overseeing program execution and oversight of the Civil Works program and activities of the Regional Integration Teams; managing the planning, programming design acquisition, and construction and operation and maintenance for civil works activities assigned to USACE MSC Regional Business Centers; participating and providing input for HQUSACE Program Review Boards and other executive level activities and coordination associated with the Civil Works mission; applying expert knowledge on USACE budget development and appropriation process for overseeing and reviewing Civil Works projects and agreements; developing and reviewing policies, management plans, and guidance assigned to the Regional Integration Team; coordinating and partnering with other USACE elements and Regional Integration Teams to ensure Civil Works mission alignment across the Command; demonstrating expert skills in briefing high-level officials on topics related to water resource planning and policies and procedures; communicating with USACE Officials, stakeholders, and key elements supporting the Civil Works program; and providing leadership and direction to a team of multi-functional senior level professional employees providing performance and position management, training, and balancing work loads. This position will be filled from the Program Management job series. PCS for this position may be authorized in accordance with Joint Travel Regulations. For more information, or to apply, please see the USAJobs posting (announcement number NCFL208490066641).
 Black Dot Image Chief, Water Resources Division, Norfolk District (GS-15) - The Norfolk District is seeking to fill the role of the Chief of its Water Resources Division (WRD). The WRD is a unique division which includes the Norfolk District’s Planning, Regulatory, and Operations Branches, and its mission is "delivering enduring and essential water resource solutions through collaboration with partners and stakeholders.” Responsibilities of the incumbent include: executing significant initiatives, water and related land resources mission, and associated activities; collaborating within the Norfolk District to negotiate, decide on, and/or coordinate work-related changes affecting other units; overseeing the scheduling, utilization, and control of all Civil Works funds allocated to the WRD; providing direct supervision to three subordinate supervisors, a GS-14 technical expert, one administrative support position and indirect supervision to 170 employees (permanent, seasonal, and temporary); providing administrative directions and making assignments of a broad and general nature covering long range plans and objectives for the WRD mission; and holding delegated full authority for the responsibility for planning, organizing, staffing, supervising, and directing the execution of the assigned initiatives, WRD mission, and activities. This position will be filled from the Program Management job series. Relocation reimbursement for this position may be authorized in accordance with Joint Travel Regulations. For more information, or to apply, please see the USAJobs posting (announcement number SCER208597399036).
 Black Dot Image Senior Technical Expert, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works (ASA(CW)) (GS-15) - The Office of the ASA(CW) in Arlington, VA is seeking senior a technical expert on environmental issues and compliance and general plan formulation and evaluation (GS-15). Responsibilities of the incumbent include: providing objective and independent evaluation of Federal water resources projects, after consideration of all factors that may affect subsequent approvals; evaluating projects for conformance with policy and planning requirements, existing laws, executive branch directives, and national water resources planning guidelines; applying a variety of analytical tools such as life cycle forecasting, economic modeling, quantitative/quantitative analysis, program evaluation review techniques, and plan formulation techniques in the evaluation and defense of all available options; determining if identified water resources needs and plan formulation processes are reasonable; formulating opinions and making recommendations to the Deputy and ASA (CW) on report recommendations; applying a comprehensive knowledge of water resources planning by providing guidance to HQUSACE, FOA, and their staffs in resolving report issues; advising the ASA(CW), the Chief of Engineers, the Director of Civil Works or other representatives responsible for presenting the Army Civil Works legislative project program to Congress and OMB on project, planning, and policy issues; and maintaining liaison with private industry, trade associations, and organizations to maintain an awareness of their problems and concerns and the possible implications for USACe Civil Works policy. This position may qualify for reimbursement of relocation expenses in accordance with agency policy. For more information, or to apply, please see the USAJobs posting (announcement number NCHT208481324122).

 

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