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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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Other News
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Notices
 Black Dot Image Economics Formulation Section Chief, Chicago District (GS-13) - The Chicago District is recruiting for the position of the Economics Formulation Section Chief (GS-13), located in Planning Branch, Planning, Programs and Project Management Division. The Economics Formulation Section Chief oversees a seasoned team of Planners, Engineers and Economists with primary responsibility for the execution of flood risk management and navigation studies. This is an exciting time to be in Chicago District given a diverse portfolio of studies including support for other Districts and agencies in northeastern Illinois, northwestern and central Indiana, and eastern Wisconsin. Responsibilities of the incumbent include: participating as an active member of Planning Communities of Practice; coordinating with local, regional, state, and other federal agencies; supporting District Outreach Program/explaining Corps programs/processes; having professional knowledge of Economics, Engineering, or Community Planning; addressing policy issues associated with Civil Works projects; preparing baseline analyses for Civil Works Studies (economic, plan form, social/cultural); conducting quality reviews of analyses for technical accuracy and policy compliance; managing section staff, including hiring, training and evaluating performance; and overseeing execution of studies by subordinates within established budgets and schedules. This position may be filled from the Community Planning; Economist; Landscape Architecture; Civil Engineering; or Environmental Engineering 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 SWGJ204841659642).
 Black Dot Image Economist/Senior Policy Reviewer, Office of Water Project Review, HQUSACE (GS-13/14)  Multiple Vacancies - The Office of Water Project Review (OWPR) at USACE Headquarters is seeking to fill two Economist positions (GS-13/14) to serve as Senior Policy Reviewers responsible for the review of feasibility reports and other decision documents that the Director of Civil Works, Deputy Commanding General, and Assistant Secretary of the Army may request. Responsibilities of the incumbent include: reviewing controversial and/or complex federal water resources projects; conducting individual policy compliance assessment of decision documents and formulating opinions of outside sources and making and providing written recommendations; providing leadership and direction to assessment team members regarding the interrelationships of plan formulation, policy, economics, real estate, cost sharing, and environmental assessments; and assisting in the development and presentation of information planning documents, particularly those dealing with navigation, flood control, environmental restoration and other Civil Works projects, among others. This position may be filled from the Community Planning; Social Science; Economist; or Civil Engineering job series. PCS expenses for this position may be authorized in accordance with agency policy. Note: The actual duty station for this location. will be negotiated upon selection. Salary will vary depending on duty station location. For more information, or to apply, please see the USAJobs posting (announcement number NCFL205105926097).
 Black Dot Image Senior Economic Policy Advisor, USACE Headquarters Planning & Policy Division (GS-15) - USACE Headquarters is recruiting for a new Senior Economic Policy Advisor to the Planning and Policy Division supporting the Civil Works Program. The incumbent will be responsible for: providing comprehensive policy studies that impact legislation, Executive Orders, and Administrative policies for USACE Civil Works programs and projects; performing policy coordination and consultation with HQUSACE, Field Operating Agencies, the Assistant Secretary of Army, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and other senior staff members; developing and reviewing legislative policy changes and making recommendations for courses of action to be taken to increase capability to respond to future water resource needs of the nation; providing guidance on the development and implementation of new or modified planning procedures; providing experienced advice on complex economic and policy issues; developing testimony related to Civil Works policy in cooperation with HQUSACE, Assistant Secretary of Army Civil Works (ASA(CW)), and other Federal Agencies; as the SME, providing members of Congress with authoritative analysis of issues in the area of Water Resources and Management; and representing USACE on interagency committees, task forces, and other working groups to develop major national interagency programs in the area of water resource development and management. This position may be filled from the Economist; General Engineering; Civil Engineering; General Physical Science; or Hydrology 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 NCFL204894811896). NOTE: The duty location for this position may be negotiated upon selection.
 Black Dot Image 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). 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 NCFL203573176167R). NOTE: This is a re- announcement. If you previously applied to the announcement that closed in April, you must reapply to be considered. In addition, the duty location for this position may be negotiated upon selection.

 

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