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.
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.|
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to submit your questions.
USACE Planner Database - 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.
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.
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.
More News/What's New Postings
Deputy, Planning Community of Practice, USACE Headquarters (GS-15) - USACE Headquarters is advertising for an exciting opportunity to fill the dual-
hatted positions of Chief of the Planning Development Branch and Deputy Chief of
the enterprise-wide Planning Community of Practice (PCoP) in Washington, DC.
The incumbent will be responsible for utilizing knowledge to implement initiatives
and missions of SMART planning; directing the organization on technical reviews
and evaluations of nationwide water resource problems and policies; organizing
and leading the PCoP including the Planning Advisory Board, 4 Planning sub-Cops,
and providing oversight and direction to the Planning Centers of Expertise;
planning, directing, and coordinating the development, research, operation
standardization, and technical requirements of the Planning program; managing,
directing, and providing oversight of training and workforce development programs
for planners throughout the USACE enterprise, including execution of the Planning
Associates Program and the Water Resources Certified Planner Program; and
developing and presenting training courses for Corps employees involved in the
planning of Civil Works water resources projects. This position may be filled from
the Community Planning; Social Science; Economist; Geography; General
Anthropology; Archelogy; General Natural Resources Management and Biological
Sciences; Ecology; General Engineering; General Physical Science; or
Oceanography job series. PCS expenses are authorized for this position in
accordance with the Joint Travel Regulations. For more information, or to apply,
please see the USAJobs posting (announcement number NCFL203573178587). |
Supervisory Coastal Studies Specialist, Los Angeles District (GS-13) - Los Angeles District is looking for a high caliber problem solver to work on its
extensive portfolio of studies as a supervisory coastal studies specialist. This
position will focus on Navigation and Storm Protection along the southern
California coast, but work will also include other programs. The incumbent will be
responsible for overseeing planning reports including Project Management Plans,
Feasibility Studies, General and Limited Reevaluation Reports, Detailed Project
Reports, Dredge Material Management Studies, and General Design Memoranda;
providing plan formulation and policy compliance and leading technical review of
coastal planning reports; participating at public hearings, regional and national
level meetings, committees, and professional conferences; and planning,
assigning, and reviewing the work of the Section, which is performed by a diverse
group of staff with professional skills in civil engineering, physical science,
hydrology, soils, community planning, ecology, and support personnel. This
position may be filled from the Community Planning; Social Science; Economist;
General Natural Resources Management and Biological Sciences; General
Engineering; Landscape Architecture; Architecture; or General Physical Science
job series. The incumbent 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 WTKC203154066284).