Feasibility Study Milestones
- How many projects have completed the feasibility studies following the new process? If there aren't any yet, what is the farthest that
some projects have progressed?
- What are the SMART Planning principles?
Originally conceived as five imperatives for change for the Corps of Engineers feasibility study process, these principles underlie
and inform SMART planning process and tools:
- Uncertainty and Level of Detail. Balancing the level of uncertainty and risk with the level of detail of the study. The level of detail
required to make planning decisions will grow over the course of the study, as the study team moves from an array of alternatives to
a single recommended alternative.
- Vertical Team Integration. Early and ongoing vertical team engagement of decision makers.
- Determine Federal Interest. Identify the Federal interest early in the study, including the level of Federal and Corps interest and
level of federal investment.
- Alternative Comparison and Selection. There is no single "best" plan, and there are a variety of approaches (quantitative and
qualitative) to multi-criteria decision making and plan selection of the National Economic Development (NED) or National Ecosystem
Restoration (NER) plan.
- Funding and Resourcing. Ensure that all resources needed for the study, including funding, human resources, data and
information, are identified and available for the duration of the study.
- What is SMART Planning?
- What is the report synopsis?
- Is there going to be an Agency Decision Milestone for every project under the new SMART milestone framework?
- What exactly should be submitted with the draft report? Has Exhibit H-5 been superseded by Planning Bulletin 2013-03?
- What if the tentatively selected plan is not endorsed at the Agency Decision Milestone meeting?
- Does the Civil Works Review Board exist in the new milestone framework?
- What does scalable mean?
- Can you provide a crosswalk to compare legacy milestones and new process milestones; e.g., the Alternatives Milestone is between
F2 and F3?
- How do the new feasibility study milestones and process apply to ongoing (legacy) studies?
- Is a charette a requirement for my study?
- Does Agency Technical Review take place only on the draft report between the TSP milestone and the Agency decision milestone?
Should ATR be conducted on the feasibility-level design of the Recommended Plan as well?
- How do NEPA and other environmental compliance requirements fit into the new feasibility study process?
- How will Districts confirm Federal Interest without a Reconnaissance Phase?
- Do you have any guidance on when to start the clock and sign the FCSA for New Start feasibility studies?
- Will non-Federal sponsors be able to contribute work-in-kind prior to having a signed Project Management Plan (PMP) in place?
- Will a sponsor be required to have cash on hand when they sign the FCSA?
- When are the Project Management Plan and Review Plan required to be completed?
- What is optimization and when does optimization occur in the feasibility study process?
- Can optimization begin before the Agency Decision Milestone?
- When is optimization of a plan finished?
- When is the Review Plan required to be completed, if funding isn't available until after the FCSA is signed?
- Does the Directors Policy Memorandum replace or change SMART Planning milestones?
- Does the delegation of decision-making at milestone meetings apply only to new studies?
- The memorandum focuses on delegation of feasibility study milestone decision-making and review. Does this impact validation reports,
post-authorization change reports for Section 902 cost increases, general re-evaluation reports, feasibility studies conducted under the
Continuing Authorities Program (CAP) or Tribal Partnership Program, etc.?
- Is the delegation of Watershed Study milestones changing based on this memorandum?