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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 - 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.
 Black Dot Image Feasibility Report Format and Content Guide (2021) - This guide provides general recommendations for the format and content of USACE feasibility reports with an integrated Environmental Assessment (EA) or Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The guide can be used a starting point for nearly all feasibility reports and is appropriate for use by entry-level to senior planners. It may also be used as a reference for policy reviewers and technical specialists. The format described in the guide is not mandatory.
 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. MARCH 2022 UPDATE: The Plan Formulation KSAs and Career Roadmap have been added to Appendices A and B. The Career Roadmaps and KSAs for the remaining sub-CoPs 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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Notices
 Black Dot Image Chief, Planning & Policy Division, Directorate of Programs, Mississippi Valley Division (GS-15) - The Mississippi Valley Division is recruiting for a new Chief of Planning and Policy (GS-15). Responsibilities of the incumbent include: being responsible for overall program formulation, management, programming, administration, and evaluation of regional water resources development activities performed within the Division office; being responsible for providing staff supervision and assistance, coordination, and review regarding the water resources development planning accomplished in subordinate districts; directly supervising Planning and Policy staff and providing technical direction to support, facilitate, and coordinate planning programs and project execution; exercising command and control for the Director and Commander with regard to the water resources development planning program for subordinate districts; making commitments and decisions relating to Planning and Policy matters for the Director and Division Commander; performing strategic planning for the overall Division Planning program, including short and long-range restructuring initiatives; managing a large, comprehensive and diversified civil works water resource development planning program for the Division; determining and recommending action on the scale and scope of developments, including individual projects to be provided to Congress for authorization; providing program quality assurance and advice to the Director and Commander on Planning activities; and overseeing the development and implementation of methods for solving complicated quantity/quality planning and policy problems involved in systems regulation. This position may be filled from the Archelogy, Architecture, Civil Engineering, Community Planning, Economist, Environmental Engineering, Electrical Engineering, General Engineering, General Natural Resources Management and Biological Sciences, General Physical Science, Geography, Hydrology, Landscape Architecture, Mechanical Engineering, Social Science, or Wildlife Biology job series. Duty location may be in Rock Island, Illinois; New Orleans, Louisiana; Saint Paul, Minnesota; Saint Louis, Missouri; Vicksburg, Mississippi; or Memphis, Tennessee, with a preference for Vicksburg, Mississippi. 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 SWGR225396097762R).
 Black Dot Image Chief of the Cultural and Environmental Program Support Section, SWD Regional Planning and Environmental Center (GS-13) - The Southwestern Division has an open position for the Chief of the Cultural and Environmental Program Support Section within the RPEC (GS-13). Responsibilities of the incumbent include: serving as the expert consultant to the Branch Chief on environmental and/or cultural resources matters as required, related to assigned projects, customers and problems; serving as subject matter expert for coastal/marine resources with the full understanding and experience of leading coastal studies; furnishing technical advice, assistance, and recommendations on environmental and cultural resources issues related to the Center's varied customer programs; supervising all aspects of the work of the section; planning, organizing, and directing environmental and cultural resources studies and preparing study reports for various customer needs; being responsible for planning, and performing appropriate NEPA and cultural resources studies, insuring effective coordination and cooperation, and complying with all laws, acts, regulations, policies, and directives; establishing and maintaining liaison with higher headquarters; and participating and being actively involved in project scope, time, cost, and quality issues to meet customer partner expectations. This position may be filled from the Archelogy, Architecture, Ecology, Environmental Engineering, General Natural Resources Management and Biological Sciences, or Wildlife Biology job series. Duty location may be in Little Rock, Arkansas; Tulsa, Oklahoma; Fort Worth, Texas; or Galveston, Texas. 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 SWHB226698530459).
 Black Dot Image Economist, Walla Walla District (GS-12/13) - The Planning, Programs, and Project Management Division in the Walla Walla District has an open Economist position (GS-12/13). Responsibilities of the incumbent include: initiating, formulating, planning, executing, and controlling economic activities for Civil Works Water Resource studies for flood control, navigation, coastal storm protection, ecosystem restoration, recreation and water supply; providing advice and assistance to staff regarding preparation of reports relative to the planning and development of civil works studies; planning, directing, coordinating and reviewing economic, socio-economic analysis, and other special studies of existing and proposed civil works projects; reviewing and/or preparing, economic models, analytical reports of findings, including interpretations, conclusions, and recommendations; helping determine appropriate economic models and procedures to analyze National Economic Development benefits and costs and for compliance with policy for the Corps civil works decision documents; and providing advice on the appropriate level of detail for economic modeling and analysis using best professional judgment and experience to help direct studies under the new civil works planning process. This position will be filled from the Economist job series. Duty location may be in Los Angeles, California; Sacramento, California; San Francisco, California; Boise, Idaho; Kansas City, Missouri; Omaha, Nebraska; Portland, Oregon; Fort Worth, Texas; Seattle, Washington; or Walla Walla, Washington. 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 WTHG226391531253).

 

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