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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 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
ball graphicSummary of Recent USACE Planning Policy Updates: September 2018 - March 2019
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ball graphicEconomic Guidance Memorandum, 20-01, Federal Interest Rates for Corps of Engineers Projects for Fiscal Year 2020 (10/31/19)
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Planning Community Webinars
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ball graphicFlood Risk Management Planning Webinar 7 - Life Safety in FRM Planning Studies (01/09/20)
ball graphicType I Independent External Peer Review (IEPR) - Detailed Process Briefing for Supplemental Studies (12/19/19)
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Other News
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ball graphicDirectors Report - Passaic River Floodway Buyout, Passaic County, New Jersey (12/20/19)
ball graphicDirectors Report - Passaic River Tidal Protection Area, New Jersey, Coastal Storm Risk Management Project (12/20/19)
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Notices
 Black Dot Image Plan Formulation Policy Reviewer, Office of Water Project Review, Headquarters (GS-13/14) - The Headquarters Office of Water Project Review is recruiting a new policy reviewer for its plan formulation team. The incumbent will serve as a nationally recognized policy expert in the area of plan formulation involving the review of the development of alternative solutions to water resources problems. Responsibilities include: developing recommendations to solve water resources problems and presenting information in planning documents, particularly those dealing with deep draft navigation, flood risk management, environmental restoration, and other Civil Works projects; applying a comprehensive knowledge of water resources policy by providing guidance to MSCs and district commanders and their staffs in resolving study issues; preparing draft and proposed final reports of the Chief of Engineers to reflect Washington level review and findings; and monitoring policy and process implementation through early coordination with MSCs and districts to establish guidelines and processes to ensure efficient quality control and quality assurance procedures are in place; among others. This position may be filled from the Community Planning; Social Science; Economist; Archeology; General Natural Resources Management and Biological Sciences; Ecology; Landscape Architecture; Architecture; Civil Engineering; General Physical Science; or Oceanography job series. Currently, this position does not qualify for reimbursement of relocation expense; however, this posting will be updated if this changes. For more information, or to apply, please see the USAJobs posting (announcement number NCFL201481425642).

 

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