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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 graphicWater Resources Development Act of 2020; P.L. 116-260, December 27, 2020 (01/07/21)
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Planning Community Webinars
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ball graphicPlanning Perspectives: HQ Planning & Policy Leadership Panel (01/15/21)
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 Plan Formulator, Mobile District (GS-11/12) - The Mobile District has an excellent opportunity for new, journeymen level, or anyone interested in expanding their careers into the Planning Community of Practice for a plan formulator position in its Plan Formulation Branch. The Plan Formulation Team is influential within the region, responsible for an array of mission critical planning projects. The Mobile District has a large scale and diverse Civil Works mission encompassing parts of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, and Latin America as well as Military and Environmental work throughout the globe. The District’s workload includes all major mission areas of coastal storm and flood risk management, inland and deep draft navigation, ecosystem restoration, hydropower, recreation and other allied purposes. Responsibilities of the incumbent include: serving as an interdisciplinary study manager, independently planning, directing and coordinating a number of multipurpose, comprehensive and regional/statewide water resource civil works projects; determining the scope of the project and detailed study objectives, developing study concepts, and defining approaches to completion of the various study elements; using ingenuity and professional judgment, conceiving, formulating, designing, and analyzing possible alternative structural and non-structural solutions to alleviate problems identified; conducting studies which may involve any or all of the following project functions: flood control, water supply, water quality control fish and wildlife enhancement, recreation, power and navigation; serving as the point of contact with customers on technical and study management issues on feasibility phase studies; presenting at briefings (internal/external) and milestone meetings as necessary to relay study status and decisions made to higher level reviewers and within the chain of command; and reviewing reports by other agencies to determine desired improvements and possible effects of USACE programs and projects, and making recommendations to the Section Chief. This position may be filled from the Community Planning; Economist; Archeology; General Natural Resources Management and Biological Sciences; General Engineering; or General Physical Science job series. This position may quality for reimbursement of relocation expenses in accordance with agency policy. For more information, or to apply, please see the USAJobs posting (announcement number SCGU219133990257R).

 

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