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Alternative Dispute Resolution

  • Deciding Whether or Not to Partner Small Projects: A Guide for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Managers: Pamphlet #6, Alternative Dispute Resolution Series (1995)
    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (COE) began using partnering, a process that seeks to promote dispute prevention, in construction contracts in 1990. Initially, partnering was used primarily in large projects. As of early 1992, COE policy is to develop, promote, and practice partnering on all contracts (Commanders Policy Memorandum #16 on Partnering, February 18, 1992). The use of partnering in small projects, defined as under $3 million for the purposes of this study, varies greatly among districts. Managers of some districts partner all small projects; others have chosen not to expend any resources for small projects partnering. This guide is for managers who must decide whether or not to partner a particular small project. It is written as a deliberative tool to foster thought. The tool will not provide you with a definitive answer to the question of whether or not to partner, but rather will offer guidelines and raise key issues to make informed decisions. The guide is divided into two sections. Section I: "The Decision to Partner," is a how-and-when-to-partner small projects primer. Section II: “Illustrative Case Summaries,” provides additional information about when and why COE managers have partnered, or not partnered, small projects. Section I includes a description of partnering, the 'Should I Partner?' tool and an 'If You Decide to Partner' segment. The 'Should I Partner?' tool includes statements to consider relative to a particular small project in the categories of complexity, coordination, and experience. 'The “Should I Partner?” -- annotated segment links the case summaries to the decision points of the tool. 'If You Decide to Partner' describes key decisions to implement partnering, including the use of an internal or external facilitator, the length of the partnering workshop, and the frequency of partnering meetings. If you do decide to partner, this
  • Mediation: Pamphlet #3, Alternative Dispute Resolution Series (2010)
    This pamphlet describes mediation, one of a number of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) techniques that the U.S Army Corps of Engineers is using in an effort to reduce the number of disputes requiring litigation.
  • Non-Binding Arbitration; Alternative Dispute Resolution Series, Pamphlet 2 (2010)
    This pamphlet describes 'non-binding Arbitration,' a private dispute resolution process in which a dispute is submitted to an impartial and neutral person or panel who provides a written, non-binding opinion used as a guide for negotiations towards a settlement.
  • Partnering: Pamphlet 4, Alternative Dispute Resolution Series (2010)
    This pamphlet describes the concepts and implementation of an innovative new program, partnering, designed to create a positive, disputes-prevention atmosphere during contract performance. Partnering uses team-building activities to help define common goals, improve communication, and foster a problem-solving attitude among a group of individuals who must work together throughout contract performance. While partnering can be used to improve all kinds of working relationships within the Corps of Engineers, this pamphlet will concentrate on owner/ contractor relations in construction contracts.
  • Public Involvement & Teaming in Planning (2002)
    A Core Training Program for US Army Corps of Engineers Planners

    Engineer Circulars (ECs)

  • Engineer Circular 1105-2-412: Assuring Quality of Planning Models (2011)
    This circular establishes the process and the requirements for assuring the quality of planning models. Per Planning Bulletin 2013-02 (March 2013), EC 1105-2-412 remains in effect until permanent planning model guidance is issued.

    Economic Guidance Memoranda (EGMs)

  • Economic Guidance Memorandum 00-01: Fiscal Year 2000 Interest Rates (1999)
    This memorandum provides FY 2000 interest rates.
  • Economic Guidance Memorandum 00-02: Unit Day Values for Recreation, Fiscal Year 2000 (2000)
    This memorandum provides FY 2000 unit day values.
  • Economic Guidance Memorandum 00-03: Current Normalized Prices (2000)
    This memorandum provides FY 2000 normalized prices.
  • Economic Guidance Memorandum 01-01: Unit Day Values for Recreation, Fiscal Year 2001 (2000)
    This memorandum provides FY 2001 unit day values for recreation.
  • Economic Guidance Memorandum 01-02: Fiscal Year 2001 Interest Rates (2000)
    FY 2001 interest rates.
  • Economic Guidance Memorandum 01-05: Current Normalized Prices, Fiscal Year 2000 (2000)
    Normalized prices for years 1995-2000, at state and national level.
  • Economic Guidance Memorandum 02-01: Current Normalized Prices (2001)
    Provides data used in the economic evaluation of Corps of Engineers projects affecting agriculture.
  • Economic Guidance Memorandum 02-02: Federal Discount Rate Fiscal Year 2002 (2002)
    Provides federal discount rate.
  • Economic Guidance Memorandum 02-03: Current State and County Income Index Data, Current Eligibility Factor Formula (Ability to Pay). (2002)
    State and county income index data, eligibility factor formula.
  • Economic Guidance Memorandum 02-04: Unit Day Values for Recreation, Fiscal Year 2002 (2002)
    FY 2002 unit day values for recreation.
  • Economic Guidance Memorandum 03-01: Current Normalized Prices (2002)
    This memorandum provides normalized prices for years 1997-2002, at both state and national levels.
  • Economic Guidance Memorandum 03-02: Federal Discount Rate, Fiscal Year 2003 (2003)
    This memorandum provides federal discount rate.
  • Economic Guidance Memorandum 03-04: Unit Day Values for Recreation, Fiscal Year 2003 (2003)
    FY 2003 unit day values for recreation.
  • Economic Guidance Memorandum 04-02: Federal Discount Rate Fiscal Year 2004 (2004)
    FY 2004 interest and discount rates.
  • Economic Guidance Memorandum 04-03: Unit Day Values for Recreation, Fiscal Year 2004 (2004)
    FY 2004 unit day values for recreation.
  • Economic Guidance Memorandum 04-05: Current Normalized Prices (2004)
    Notice of the availability of normalized agricultural prices from the USDA.
  • Economic Guidance Memorandum 05-02: Current Normalized Prices (2004)
    Current (2004) Normalized Prices.
  • Economic Guidance Memorandum 05-03: Current State and County Income Index Data, Current Eligibility Factor Formula (Ability to Pay) (2004)
    Current (Oct 2004) per capita personal income index data and the current eligibility factor formula.
  • Economic Guidance Memorandum 05-04: Federal Interest Rates for Corps of Engineers Projects for Fiscal Year 2005 (2005)
    FY 2005 interest and discount rates.
  • Economic Guidance Memorandum 05-05: Unit Day Values for Recreation, Fiscal Year 2005 (2004)
    FY 2005 unit day values for recreation.
  • Economic Guidance Memorandum 06-01: Current Normalized Prices (2005)
    Current (Oct 2005) normalized prices.
  • Economic Guidance Memorandum 06-02: Federal Interest Rates for Corps of Engineers Projects for Fiscal Year 2006 (2005)
    FY 2006 interest and discount rates.
  • Economic Guidance Memorandum 06-03: Unit Day Values for Recreation, Fiscal Year 2006 (2005)
    FY 2006 unit day values for recreation.
  • Economic Guidance Memorandum 07-01: Federal Interest Rates for Corps of Engineers Projects for Fiscal Year 2007 (2006)
    FY 2007 interest and discount rates.
  • Economic Guidance Memorandum 07-02: Current Normalized Prices (2006)
    Current (Nov 2006) normalized prices.
  • Economic Guidance Memorandum 07-03: Unit Day Values for Recreation, Fiscal Year 2007 (2006)
    FY 2007 unit day values for recreation.
  • Economic Guidance Memorandum 07-04: Current State and County Income Index Data, Current Eligibility Factor Formula (Ability to Pay) (2006)
    Current (Dec 2006) state and county income index data and the current eligibility factor formula.
  • Economic Guidance Memorandum 08-01: Federal Interest Rates for Corps of Engineers Projects for Fiscal Year 2008 (2007)
    Provides information on Federal interest rates.
  • Economic Guidance Memorandum 08-02: Unit Day Values for Recreation, Fiscal Year 2008 (2007)
    FY 2008 unit day values for recreation.
  • Economic Guidance Memorandum 08-03: Current Normalized Prices (2007)
    Current (Oct 2007) normalized prices.
  • Economic Guidance Memorandum 08-05: Current State and County Income Index Data, Current Eligibility Factor Formula (Ability to Pay). (2008)
    Current (2008) state and county income index data and the current eligibility factor formula.
  • Economic Guidance Memorandum 09-01: Federal Interest Rates for Corps of Engineers Projects for Fiscal Year 2009 (2008)
    Provides information on Federal interest rates
  • Economic Guidance Memorandum 09-02: Current Normalized Prices, Fiscal Year 2009 (2008)
    This memorandum provides a data link used in the economic evaluation of Corps of Engineers projects affecting agriculture.
  • Economic Guidance Memorandum 09-05: Current State and County Income Index Data, Current Eligibility Factor Formula (Ability to Pay) (2009)
    Current (Jun 2009) state and county income index data and the current eligibility factor formula.
  • Economic Guidance Memorandum 10-01: Federal Interest Rates for Corps of Engineers Projects for Fiscal Year 2010 (2009)
    FY 2010 interest and discount rates.
  • Economic Guidance Memorandum 10-02: Current Normalized Prices (2009)
    This memorandum provides current (Oct 2009) normalized prices.
  • Economic Guidance Memorandum 10-03: Unit Day Values for Recreation, Fiscal Year 2010 (2009)
    This memorandum provides FY 2010 unit day values for recreation.
  • Economic Guidance Memorandum 98-01: Federal Interest Rates for Corps of Engineers Projects for Fiscal Year 1998 (1998)
    This memorandum provides information on Federal interest rates.
  • Economic Guidance Memorandum 98-03: Unit Day Values for Recreation, Fiscal Year 1998 (1998)
    This memorandum provides FY 1998 unit day values for recreation.
  • Economic Guidance Memorandum 99-02: Fiscal Year 1999 Interest Rates (1998)
    This memorandum provides FY 1999 interest and discount rates.
  • Economic Guidance Memorandum 99-03: Unit Day Values for Recreation, Fiscal Year 1999 (1999)
    This memorandum provides FY 1999 unit day values for recreation.
  • Economic Guidance Memorandum, 09-03: Unit Day Values for Recreation, Fiscal Year 2009 (2008)
    FY 2009 unit day values for recreation.

    Engineer Manuals (EMs)

  • Engineer Manual 1110-1-2909: Engineering and Design, Geospatial Data Systems (2005)
    This manual presents policy and guidance for the acquisition, processing, storage, distribution, and utilization of nontactical geospatial data throughout the USACE.

    Engineer Pamphlets (EPs)

  • Engineer Pamphlet 1110-2-9: Hydrologic Engineering Study Design (1994)
    Engineer Pamphlet describes activities necessary to design and prepare a Hydrologic Engineering Study for a Corps water resource investigation.
  • Engineer Pamphlet 1165-2-1, Appendix A: References (1999)
    Engineer Pamphlet lists references in "Digest of Water Resources Policies and Authorities."
  • Engineer Pamphlet 1165-2-1, Appendix B: Legislation Pertinent to the Water Resources Program of the Corps of Engineers (1999)
    Engineer Pamphlet lists pertinent legislation in "Digest of Water Resources Policies and Authorities."
  • Engineer Pamphlet 1165-2-1, Appendix C: Executive Orders Pertinent to the Water Resources Program of the Corps of Engineers (1999)
    Engineer Pamphlet lists pertinent executive orders in the "Digest of Water Resources Policies and Authorities."
  • Engineer Pamphlet 1165-2-1, Appendix D: Digest of Water Resources Policies and Authorities- Appendix D: Office of Management and Budget Circulars (1999)
    Engineer Pamphlet lists Office of Management and Budget Circulars in the "Digest of Water Resources Policies and Authorities."
  • Engineer Pamphlet 1165-2-1, Appendix E: Digest of Water Resources Policies and Authorities- Appendix E: Interagency Agreements related to Water Resources (1999)
    Engineer Pamphlet describes interagency agreements related to water resources.
  • Engineer Pamphlet 1165-2-1, Appendix F: Index (1999)
    Engineer Pamphlet provides an index for "Digest of Water Resources Policies and Authorities."
  • Engineer Pamphlet 1165-2-1, Chapter 01: The Federal Responsibility in Water Resources (1999)
    Engineer Pamphlet discusses federal responsibility and authority in water resources policy. Digest of Water Resources Policies and Authorities
  • Engineer Pamphlet 1165-2-1, Chapter 02: Legislative, Executive, and Judicial Roles and Policies (1999)
    Engineer Pamphlet discusses the roles of the three branches of federal government and federal agencies in water resources. Digest of Water Resources Policies and Authorities
  • Engineer Pamphlet 1165-2-1, Chapter 03: General Policies (1999)
    Engineer Pamphlet provides information on the policies that guide Corps decision making and policy making. Digest of Water Resources Policies and Authorities.
  • Engineer Pamphlet 1165-2-1, Chapter 04: Management of the Civil Works Program (1999)
    Engineer Pamphlet includes goals and objectives for the Civil Works Program, organizational structure, management and administrative controls, and financial resource management. Digest of Water Resources Policies and Authorities
  • Engineer Pamphlet 1165-2-1, Chapter 05: Planning Studies (1999)
    Engineer Pamphlet provides an in-depth look at how the Corps conducts studies. Digest of Water Resources Policies and Authorities
  • Engineer Pamphlet 1165-2-1, Chapter 06: Project Cost Sharing and Repayment (1999)
    Engineer Pamphlet provides an in-depth look at how cost sharing and repayment applies to different types of Corps projects. Digest of Water Resources Policies and Authorities
  • Engineer Pamphlet 1165-2-1, Chapter 07: Report Preparation, Processing and Project Authorization, Deauthorization (1999)
    Engineer Pamphlet describes preauthorization planning reports and the authorization and deauthorization process. Digest of Water Resources Policies and Authorities
  • Engineer Pamphlet 1165-2-1, Chapter 08: Programming, Budgeting and Appropriations (1999)
    Engineer Pamphlet provides information on Corps program development, appropriation, project classification, and project funding. Digest of Water Resources Policies and Authorities
  • Engineer Pamphlet 1165-2-1, Chapter 09: Preconstruction Engineering and Design and Engineering During Construction (1999)
    Engineer Pamphlet covers preconstruction engineering and design (PED) studies and agreements, project modification, design sizing of projects, aesthetic treatment and environmental design, and employment requirements. Digest of Water Resources Policies and Authorities
  • Engineer Pamphlet 1165-2-1, Chapter 10: Construction (1999)
    Engineer Pamphlet provides a detailed look at all facets of Corps project construction. Digest of Water Resources Policies and Authorities
  • Engineer Pamphlet 1165-2-1, Chapter 11: Operations, Maintenance, and Project Management (1999)
    Engineer Pamphlet provides a detailed look at many facets of Corps project management. Digest of Water Resources Policies and Authorities
  • Engineer Pamphlet 1165-2-1, Chapter 12: Navigation (1999)
    Engineer Pamphlet describes the Corps' role in navigation, federal policies covering navigation, and the construction aspects of navigation projects. Digest of Water Resources Policies and Authorities
  • Engineer Pamphlet 1165-2-1, Chapter 17: Recreation (1999)
    Engineer Pamphlet discusses federal recreation policy and philosophy, different types of recreation projects, project evaluation, and project finance. Digest of Water Resources Policies and Authorities
  • Engineer Pamphlet 1165-2-1, Chapter 19: Environmental Restoration and Protection (1999)
    Engineer Pamphlet discusses ecosystem restoration, environmental authorities within WRDA, wetland policy, other applicable federal policies, and project management. Digest of Water Resources Policies and Authorities
  • Engineer Pamphlet 1165-2-1, Chapter 20: Aquatic Plant Control (1999)
    Aquatic plant control program management. Digest of Water Resources Policies and Authorities
  • Engineer Pamphlet 1165-2-1, Chapter 22: Support for Others (1999)
    Engineer Pamphlet provides approval authorities, categories, and examples of work. Digest of Water Resources Policies and Authorities
  • Engineer Pamphlet 1165-2-1, Chapter 24: Activities Related to Programs Administered by Other Federal Agencies (1999)
    Engineer Pamphlet provides information on environmental programs, natural lands, hydroelectric power, and legislation outside Corps authority. Digest of Water Resources Policies and Authorities
  • Engineer Pamphlet 1165-2-1: Digest of Water Resources Policies and Authorities (1999)
    A summary of Corps administrative and legislative water resources policies and authorities.

    Engineer Regulations (ERs)

  • Engineer Regulation 1105-2-100: Planning Guidance Notebook (2000)
    The Planning Guidance Notebook provides the overall direction by which the Corps of Engineers civil works projects are formulated, evaluated, and selected for overall implementation. This includes all appendices that were written at a later date.
  • Engineer Regulation 1105-2-100: Planning Guidance Notebook, Appendix A, References (2000)
  • Engineer Regulation 1105-2-100: Planning Guidance Notebook, Appendix E, Civil Works Mission and Evaluation Procedures (2000)
  • Engineer Regulation 1105-2-100: Planning Guidance Notebook, Appendix G - Amendment #1, Planning Reports and Programs (2004)
    This appendix provides guidance and procedures for the management and conduct of planning studies, activities, and programs.
  • Engineer Regulation 1105-2-100: Planning Guidance Notebook, Appendix H - Amendment #1, Policy Compliance Review and Approval of Decision Documents (2007)
    This appendix prescribes policy compliance review and approval procedures for the following decision documents: section 905(b) analyses, feasibility reports, limited and general reevaluation reports, post-authorization change reports, and other reports supporting project authorization or budget decisions.
  • Engineer Regulation 1105-2-100: Planning Guidance Notebook, Chapter 2 - Planning Principles (2000)
    Planning Principles
  • Engineer Regulation 1105-2-100: Planning Guidance Notebook, Chapter 3 - Corps Civil Works Mission (2000)
    Corps Civil Works Mission
  • Engineer Regulation 1110-1-12: Quality Management (2006)
    Contains information on Project Management Plans, Independent Technical Review, and Risk Management.
  • Engineer Regulation 1110-1-8156: Engineering and Design Policies, Guidance and Requirements for Geospatial Data and Systems (2005)
    This regulation describes how to acquire geospatial data, how to implement geospatial data technology, reduce data duplication, and how to comply with Executive Order (EO) 12906, and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular A-16.
  • Engineer Regulation 1110-1-8158: Corps-Wide Centers of Expertise Program (1998)
    This regulation defines the policy and process for establishing and maintaining expert designations under the Corps-wide Centers of Expertise (CX) Program. The program provides an inventory of specialized knowledge and skills within the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) that can furnish beneficial and expert assistance to all Corps elements.
  • Engineer Regulation 1110-2-1150: Engineering and Design for Civil Works Program (1999)
    This regulation defines engineering responsibilities, requirements, and procedures during the design, construction, and operations phases.
  • Engineer Regulation 1110-2-1403: Engineering and Design Studies By Coastal, Hydraulic, and Hydrologic Facilities and Others (1998)
    This regulation prescribes the policy and procedure for approval and technical supervision of coastal, hydraulic, and hydrologic studies related to planning, design, construction, and operation of projects.
  • Engineer Regulation 1110-2-1460: Hydrologic Engineering Management (1989)
    This regulation defines the scope, authorities, and management requirements for hydrologic engineering activities within the Corps of Engineers.
  • Engineer Regulation 1110-2-8151: Monitoring Completed Navigation Projects (1997)
    This regulation states the objective, outlines the scope, discusses funding, assigns responsibility, and establishes the procedures by which the Corps of Engineers (CE) evaluates civil works navigation projects.
  • Engineer Regulation 1110-2-8154: Water Quality and Environmental Management at Corps Civil Works Projects (1995)
    This regulation establishes a Policy for Water Quality Management Programs at Corps Civil Works Projects.
  • Engineer Regulation 1110-2-8160: Policies for Referencing Project Elevation Grades to Nationwide Vertical Datum (2009)
    This regulation provides guidance for proper and accurately referenced materials for flood forecasting, inundation modeling, flood insurance rate maps, navigation charting, and topographic mapping.
  • Engineer Regulation 1130-2-445: Civil Works Digital Project Notebook (2000)
    This regulation provides guidance for updating the Civil Works Digital Project Notebook (DPN) using the Internet.
  • Engineer Regulation 1165-2-117: Water Resources Policies and Authorities - Responsibility for Costs of Improved Standards in Highway and Housing Relocations (1978)
    This regulation summarizes policy and procedures for identifying the costs of meeting improved standards when highways and housing are relocated due to construction of civil works projects.
  • Engineer Regulation 1165-2-119: Water Resources Policies and Authorities - Modifications to Completed Projects (1982)
    This regulation provides guidance on the use of available authorities in comparison to the need for new project authorizations.
  • Engineer Regulation 1165-2-123: Water Resources Policies and Authorities - Single-Owner Situations (1992)
    This regulation provides policy guidance regarding Corps interests in civil works projects that would directly serve a single entity.
  • Engineer Regulation 1165-2-131: Water Resources Policies and Authorities - Local Cooperation Agreements for New Start Construction Projects (1989)
    This regulation provides guidance on procedures and responsibilities for developing, submitting and obtaining approval of LCAs for new construction starts (not CAPs).
  • Engineer Regulation 1165-2-132: Water Resources Policies and Authorizations; Hazardous Toxic and Radioactive Waste (HTRW) Guidance for Civil Works Projects (1992)
    This regulation provides guidance on issues and problems associated with HTRW, which may be located within project boundaries.
  • Engineer Regulation 1165-2-18: Reimbursement for Nonfederal Participation in Civil Works Projects (1989)
    This regulation provides guidance on use of Section 215 of the Flood Control Act of 1968, to reimburse non-federal public bodies for construction of part of an authorized federal project.
  • Engineer Regulation 1165-2-502: Resources Policies and Authorities; Delegation of Review and Approval Authority for Post-Authorization Decision Documents (2014)
    This regulation provides guidance on delegated review and approval of Post-Authorization Decision Documents.
  • Engineer Regulation 1165-2-503: Resources Policies and Authorities - Office of Management and Budget Clearance for The Questionnaires for U.S. Army Engineer Civil Works Studies and Projects (2007)
    This regulation establishes instructions on clearance for the questionnaires for U.S. Army Engineer Civil Works Studies and Projects (OMB Control Number 0710-0001).
  • Engineer Regulation 200-1-5: Policy for Implementation and Integrated Application of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Environmental Operating Principles (EOP) and Doctrine (2003)
    This regulation provides guidance on the implementation and integration of the Environmental Operating Principles across management initiatives and business processes.
  • Engineer Regulation 200-2-2: Procedures for Implementing NEPA (1988)
    This regulation provides guidance for implementation of the procedural provisions of the NEPA for the Civil Works Program of the USACE.
  • Engineer Regulation 25-1-98: Publications in the Federal Register (1996)
    This regulation prescribes policies, procedures and responsibilities for submitting U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) documents to the U.S. Army Publications and Printing Command (USAPPC) for publishing in the Federal Register (FR).
  • Engineer Regulation 37-1-28: Continuing Resolution Authority (2001)
    This regulation establishes the procedures by which U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) activities will operate under and immediately following one or more Continuing Resolutions.

    HR

  • Joint Explanatory Statement of the Committee of Conference Regarding H.R. 1495
    This document is a joint explanatory statement of the committee of conference; WRDA Statement of Managers.

    Institute for Water Resources

  • Analysis of Process Issues in Shared Vision Planning Cases (2009)
    Much of the literature regarding Shared Vision Planning (or other forms of Computer-Aided Dispute Resolution) focuses on the characteristics of the computer model developed during the process, on related technical studies, and on the evaluation of alternatives. This report looks instead at the process followed during Shared Vision Planning by analyzing the processes used in a number of published Shared Vision Planning cases. Of particular interest are the types and mechanisms for stakeholder involvement in developing and using the model. The US Army Engineer Institute for Water Resources (IWR) is a proponent of Shared Vision Planning. This analysis focuses primarily on Shared Vision Planning cases posted on IWR's Shared Vision Planning website or included in the handout materials for a 2007 workshop on Computer-Aided Dispute Resolution. A few additional cases have been added from cases described in a literature review prepared for IWR by CDM, which provides a much broader look at the literature regarding use of computer modeling in planning or decision making.
  • Beyond Expected Value: Making Decisions Under Risk and Uncertainty (2002)
  • Budget Constraints and Decision Making: Development of Policy Guidelines for Planning of Civil Works Programs and Projects (1997)
  • Civil Works Program (1998)
  • Computer Aided Dispute Resolution: Proceedings from the CADRe Workshop - Albuquerque, New Mexico, September 13-14, 2007 (2007)
  • Corps of Engineers Harbor Projects: Development of Tools, Measures and Organization of Data for Evaluating Performance; Volume 1 - Technical Report (1999)
    The goal of this study is to develop a rational, performance-based analytical instrument that can be used by decision-makers to evaluate, compare, and update the value of several hundred projects maintained by the Corps.
  • Guidebook for the Preparation and Use of Project Study Plans (1996)
  • Handbook on Applying "Other Social Effects" Factors in Corps of Engineers Water Resources Planning (2009)
    The Corps has recognized that there are many implementation issues that need to be addressed if OSE factors are to play a greater role in water resources planning. IWR was directed to provide tools to Corps planners to help integrate OSE analysis into project planning.
  • Issues and Applications in Formulation and Evaluation Considering the 4 P & G Accounts (2008)
    This white paper highlights the challenges and potential approaches when considering these accounts in project planning, particularly with respect to formulation, evaluation, and selection. The advantages and disadvantages of each approach are discussed to help inform discussion on this topic, which is believed to be quite relevant given recent WRDA 2007 proposals calling for updates and revisions to the Principles & Guidelines, regulations, and circulars. The paper also identified other issues that may require follow-up study or special attention.
  • Making More Informed Decisions in Your Watershed When Dollars Aren't Enough (1998)
  • National Economic Development Procedures Manual: Overview (2009)
    This manual provides an overview of basic economic concepts and measures underlying the use of National Economic Development (NED) analysis in civil works planning studies. It was developed to complement the series of separate Procedures Manuals that provide detailed procedural guidance on computing NED benefits for various NED purposes.
  • National Economic Development Procedures Manual: Primer (2009)
    As the Corps of Engineers strives to improve its planning and decision making, economic analysis is one of its most reliable and important tools. A critical element of successful economic analysis is communication with others in gathering data, making assumptions, developing models, and presenting results. This Economics Primer presents the rudiments of the science of economics and its use in the Corps of Engineers.
  • National Economic Development Procedures Manual: Public Surveys Volume I - Use and Adaptation of Office of Management & Budget Approved Survey Questionnaires (1993)
  • Non-Federal Cost Recovery and Financing for Water Projects (1994)
    Reviews non-Federal financing instruments and revenue sources for water resources projects. Assesses benefits of careful financial analysis and planning for water projects. Reviews financing and cost recovery techniques applicable to each water project purpose.
  • Performance Measures to Assess the Benefits of Shared Vision Planning and Other Collaborative Modeling Processes (2009)
    Collaborative modeling has evolved as an approach to support water resources planning since the Institute for Water Resources (IWR) pioneered the Shared Vision Planning (SVP) approach in the early 1990s through the National Drought Study. To date, however, the benefits of collaborative modeling and similar approaches have not been explicitly evaluated. In 2007, IWR set out to develop performance measures to address this need. This report summarizes the work that has been completed to develop a suite of performance measures. The report presents background information on SVP and collaborative modeling processes, describes the activities conducted to identify performance measures, describes the measures, and discusses methodological considerations for applying the measures retrospectively and prospectively to evaluate the benefits of collaborative modeling in completed and active cases.
  • Project Planning in Collaboration with Government Entities - Practical Approaches (2007)
    This handbook explores ways that the Corps District planner can identify opportunities to collaborate throughout all phases of the planning process. The handbook briefly touches on collaborative activities across Federal agencies, at the regional level, and at the project level in order to inform the District planner that these resources are available for use. The handbook also encourages the District planner to initiate collaborative activities with others as appropriate during the planning process to produce plans that cross Federal agency missions and authorities. Cost-sharing among collaborating partners is also discussed.
  • Shared Vision Planning Primer: How to Incorporate Computer-aided Dispute Resolution in Water Resources Planning (2009)
    This document is the starting point for those new to the concept of SVP. The document reviews some of the current challenges in water resources decision making and describes how SVP can overcome these challenges. It defines the major components of SVP (traditional water planning, structured public participation, and an integrated computer model), and then walks through a simple example to give users a sense of how it is applied.

    Guidance Memos

  • Memo: Application of Cost Risk Analysis Methods to Develop Contingencies for Civil Works Total Project Costs (2007)
    In accordance with the Corps Actions for Change (ref.la), to more accurately identify and mitigate cost and schedul,e risk to our customers and Congress, this memorandum directs the use of specific cost risk analysis methods for the development of contingency on Civil Works Total Project Cost. This is applicable for all decision documents requiring Congressional authorization for projects exceeding $40 million.
  • Memo: Cost Sharing for Lands Associated with Fish and Wildlife Mitigations (September 19, 2006) (2006)
    This memorandum provides guidance on the policy applicable to cost-sharing of lands, easements, rights of way, and relocations (LERRs) associated with fish and wildlife mitigation for water resources development projects, including continuing authorities program projects. The guidance will be applied prospectively to ongoing and future pre-authorization and pre-Project Cooperation Agreement (PCA) planning activities.
  • Memo: Improve Accuracy of Total Project Costs (2007)
    Initiatives to improve accuracy of total project costs in Civil Works feasibility studies requiring Congressional authorization
  • Memo: Revision of ER 5-1-11, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Business Process (2007)
    This revision of ER 5-1-11 clearly defines the concept of "project," as well as the work that we undertake that is NOT a project. It also dictates the process for managing non-project work as well as our corporate data. The new ER requires consistent, timely and accurate use of corporate AIS. All USACE programs, to include project and non-project work, will be captured in P2, however the level of detail will be dependent upon the specific program and category of work.
  • Memo: Support to Planning Centers of Expertise (2006)
  • Memo: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Civil Works Feasibility Study Program Execution and Delivery (2012)
    On 8 Feb 2012, Major General Michael Walsh, Deputy Commanding General for Civil and Emergency Operations (DCG-CEO), signed a significant memorandum affecting execution of the USACE CW Feasibility Study Program. The memo sets forth requirements for reclassification and reset of ongoing feasibility studies and conduct of feasibility studies that have not reached the feasibility scoping meeting milestone by 31 December 2011.
  • Memo: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Civil Works Planning Program (2011)
    The purpose of this memorandum is to implement actions to improve our performance in meeting the purposes of the Civil Works Planning Program. It requires all Major Subordinate Commands (MSC) and District Commanders to be more engaged in Planning study execution and strengthening planner capabilities.

    National Shoreline Management Study

  • Historical Origins and Demographic and Geologic Influences on Corps of Engineers Coastal Missions (2004)
    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) has a demanding mission in building and maintaining civil works projects along the coasts and in inland waters of the United States. This mission includes maintaining deep-draft and recreation navigation into harbors and waterways, building projects for coastal storm protection and flood damage reduction, and environmental protection and restoration programs. These projects are based on or influenced by a number of factors, including: (1) Historical settlement and development patterns; (2) Geographical and geological conditions that vary regionally; (3) Increasing pressures of a growing population that inhabits the coasts; (4) Economic factors, such as the fundamental need to maintain navigable ports and waterways. All demographic data point to the fact that the U.S. coastal population will continue to grow. Accordingly, there will be continued demand for infrastructure improvement, storm protection, recreation development, and environmental restoration in the coastal zone. With respect to economic conditions, growing dependence on imported petroleum products means that many ports, especially in the Gulf of Mexico area, will have to be improved to accommodate larger ships. The result will be increased dredging to deepen and maintain the channels.

    Public Laws

  • Federal NEPA Regulations
    The USACE guidance for implementation of the procedural provisions of NEPA for the Civil Works Program (ER 200-2-2) supplements Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) regulations found in the Code of Federal Regulations: 40 CFR 1500-1508, which applies to all federal agencies.

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  • National Economic Development Manuals Homepage (2010)


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