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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.

Key Resources
 Black Dot Image Engineer Regulation 1105-2-100: Planning Guidance Notebook
 Black Dot Image Planning Workforce Development Guide (2020) - 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 (2019) - 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 SMART Planning Feasibility Studies: A Guide to Coordination and Engagement with the Services (2015) - 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.

 
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Policy and Guidance Updates
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Planning Community Webinars
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ball graphicPlanning Ahead Newsletter - Volume 2021, Issue 3 (September 2021)
ball graphicAfter Action Reviews – Lessons Learned by Using Innovative, Data-Driven Approaches and Methodology
ball graphicMulti-Criteria Decision Analysis (MCDA) and IWR Planning Suite
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Other News
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Notices
 Black Dot Image Water Resources Plan Formulation Specialist, Sacramento District (GS-13) - The Sacramento District Planning Division has an open interdisciplinary position to serve as a Water Resources Plan Formulation Specialist (GS-13). Responsibilities of the incumbent include: analyzing overall planning study results including results of engineering, economic, and environmental studies to determine if objectives have been met and are technically sound; providing plan formulation and policy expertise on South Pacific Division's studies, projects, and special assignments; reviewing and approving plan formulation conclusions and recommendations of planning and design documents, including project study plans, feasibility studies, detailed project reports, general design memoranda and planning reports; conferring with planners, economists, environmental staff, and engineers to confirm compliance with authority, lead post authorization change processes, and resolving conflicts or delays to the timely completion of work; advising project delivery teams about water resources plan formulation inputs required for various studies and projects; and chairing quality assurance/quality control process for water resources decision documents. This position may be filled from the Social Science, Economist, History, General Natural Resources Management and Biological Sciences, General Engineering, Landscape Architecture, or General Physical Science job series. Reimbursement of relocation expenses may be authorized for this position, subject to the provisions of the Joint Travel Regulations. For more information, or to apply, please see the USAJobs posting (announcement number WTKC213760812884).
 Black Dot Image Planning Study Manager (GS-11/12) - The Los Angeles District Planning Division, Plan Formulation Branch has an open interdisciplinary position to serve as a Planning Study Manager (GS-11/12). Responsibilities of the incumbent include: Directing, managing, and conducting water and related land resources studies; evaluating community needs and water resource problem areas, determining the scope of effort required for study and establishing study approaches and methods; researching precedents and analyzing input from team members including hydraulic, hydrologic, design, geotechnical, and cost engineering, as well as economic, real estate, biological, archaeological, ecological, and other disciplines; coordinating pertinent inter- jurisdictional planning activities and representing the District on all matters related to assigned studies; and directing the preparation of or preparing various reports, study plans, and the final study reports assuring consistency and technical accuracy of the report, appendixes, and environmental statements. This position may be filled from the Community Planning; Social Science; Economist; General Natural Resources Management and Biological Sciences; Landscape Architecture; Architecture; Civil Engineering; or General Physical Science series. The duty station can be selected by the incumbent in Los Angeles, California or Phoenix, Arizona. Reimbursement of relocation expenses may be authorized for this position in accordance with agency policy. For more information, or to apply, please see the USAJobs posting (announcement number WTKC213665189358HWS).

 

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