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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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Other News
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Notices
 Black Dot Image Plan Formulation Branch Chief, Los Angeles District (GS-14) - The Los Angeles District is seeking to fill the position of Plan Formulation Branch Chief (GS-14). Responsibilities of the incumbent include: planning and assigning work to be accomplished within the Branch; establishing priorities and ensuring quantity, quality, and timeliness of work necessary to accomplish the assigned mission; coordinating operations with other District offices; providing advice and guidance to operating officials regarding water resource and related issues; managing all programs in the Plan Formulation Branch, and supervising through Section Chiefs the preparation of documents, including study reports; consulting with various specialists in other parts of the District and USACE, reviews the general plan of approach to controversial coastal and other water resource projects; conferring and negotiating with federal, state, and local agencies on controversial or precedent setting studies related to the investigation and development of water resources projects, military projects, and other work; providing advice on water resource issues such as coastal and related resources planning; distributing technical advice to the District Engineer and staff chiefs in establishing policies and program objectives and resolving problematic situations; and reviewing public participation programs for studies conducted by the Branch. This position may be filled from the Archeology, Architecture, Community Planning, Economist, Environmental Engineering, General Natural Resources Management and Biological Sciences, General Physical Science, Landscape Architecture, or Social Science job series. 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 WTKC231278332331).
 Black Dot Image Interdisciplinary Planner, Alaska District (GS-7-11) - The Alaska District is seeking to fill the position of Interdisciplinary Planner (GS-7- 11). This is a developmental position; duties listed below will be performed in a developmental capacity at the GS-7/9 grade level. At the full performance, GS-11, responsibilities of the incumbent will include: performing field investigations to locate flood plain and observe damages to build soil erosion, property damage in harbors, regional resources, facts concerning water transportation, recreational benefits, etc.; determining factors to be considered; outlining working plans; setting up analytical methods, procedures and techniques to be used weighing relative values of various methods; reviewing expenditures and timeliness of work of organizational elements contributing to studies; and formulating and evaluating alternatives consistent with study objectives, conducting field investigations, and reviewing and developing data for assigned studies. This position may be filled from the Economist, Civil Engineering, General Natural Resources Management and Biological Sciences, Hydrology, or Social Science job series. 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 WTEV231431381886HW).

 

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