What is the report synopsis?
The report synopsis is a distillation of the planning process. Early in the study, it is the core of the future more comprehensive
feasibility study document. Typical elements in the report synopsis include: the problems and opportunities statement; a list of
planning objectives and constraints; a list of decision criteria to be used for evaluation, description of the comparison and selection
of the tentatively selected plan; key uncertainties in the study; a narrative description of the without project condition; a list of
planning measures already screened/eliminated from consideration; and, names of formulated plans that are under consideration.
The PDT develops the Feasibility Report in iterations, with the draft report growing over time and confirmed at each milestone. A
typical approach would be:
Scoping Charette first draft of Report Synopsis based on available data and planning expertise. The Report Synopsis document
is intended to follow the study through all levels of the planning process. Studies early in development will not have enough
information to complete each section. Enter the appropriate data as it is developed.
Alternatives Milestone Meeting updated Report Synopsis reflecting information developed from a second iteration of the six-
step planning process.
TSP Milestone Meeting draft Report tells the story of the Problem, the alternatives considered, the without project conditions,
the comparison and evaluation of the final array of alternatives, and the rationale for the tentatively selected plan. The Report
Synopsis is updated as a read ahead before the TSP Milestone Meeting.
Agency Decision Milestone Meeting the Report Synopsis is updated, if necessary, to reflect comments received from technical,
public, and policy review.
Civil Works Review Board The Civil Works Review Board is convened after the final report is transmitted to HQ by the MSC and
before the final report and NEPA document is released for State & Agency Review. The report synopsis has evolved into the Report
Summary used by the Office of Water Project Review, the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army, and others.