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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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Other News
ball graphicFactsheet - USACE Flood Risk Management Mission Overview (02/09/21)
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Notices
 Black Dot Image Plan Formulation Branch Chief, Los Angeles District (GS-14) - Los Angeles District is looking for a high caliber problem solver to fill its Plan Formulation Branch Chief role to work on the District’s extensive portfolio of studies. SPL offers the opportunity to work on a wide variety of studies in all the primary business lines with a very experienced team. SPL not only has GI and CAP studies but several PACRS, disposition studies, dam safety studies, TPP and FMPS/PAS/Silver Jackets studies. Responsibilities of the incumbent include: planning and assigning work to be accomplished within the Branch; establishing priorities and ensuring quantity, quality, and timeliness of work necessary to accomplish the assigned mission; coordinating operations with other District offices; providing advice and guidance to operating officials regarding water resource and related issues; managing all programs in Plan Formulation Branch, and supervising through Section Chiefs the preparation of documents, including study reports; consulting with various specialists in other parts of the District and Corps, reviewing the general plan of approach to controversial coastal and other water resource projects; conferring and negotiating with Federal, state, and local agencies on controversial or precedent setting studies related to the investigation and development of water resources projects, military projects, and other work; providing advice on water resource issues such as coastal and related resources planning; distributing technical advice to the District Engineer and staff chiefs in establishing policies and program objectives and resolves problematic situations; and reviewing public participation programs for studies conducted by the Branch. This position may be filled from the Community Planning; Social Science; Economist; Archeology; General Natural Resources Management and Biological Sciences; Landscape Architecture; Architecture; Civil Engineering; or General Physical Science job series. 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 WTKC219544218708).

 

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