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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. JUNE 2020 UPDATE: The Planning Workforce Development Committee has been diligently adding content over the past six months, and all but two appendices are complete. Appendices A and B (Career Roadmaps & KSAs) 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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ball graphicEconomic Guidance Memorandum, 22-02, Cost Sharing Waiver for Territories and Tribal Nations

 
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Planning Community Webinars
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Other News
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Notices
 Black Dot Image Civil Engineer, Walla Walla District (GS-12/13) - The Planning, Programs, and Project Management Policy Division in the Walla Walla District has an open interdisciplinary position to serve as a Civil Engineer (GS-12/13). Responsibilities of the incumbent include: serving as a Plan Formulator and Project Manager for large, complex, and politically sensitive programs and projects; having responsibility for effectively developing, conducting, coordinating, and reviewing several pre-authorization, post-authorization, and continuing authorities and studies concerning water and land resources development; coordinating, organizing, and directing major Civil Works water resource studies for navigation, hydroelectric power, ecosystem restoration, flood damage reduction, and other purposes; delineating planning objectives and goals, defining problems and needs, determining water and balancing competing interests and priorities in order to make and support prudent federal investment decisions; developing and directing methods of systems analysis of viable alternatives, including both structural and nonstructural measures to determine the best means of satisfying immediate and long-range needs; serving concurrently as project manager for managing and directing the efficient and effective accomplishment of the investigation, planning, scope development, design, and construction of major projects; serving as Project Manager (PM), responsible for the overall management, control, coordination, and execution of assigned projects; and controlling and managing project milestones and budgets from planning through construction and initial operations. This position may be filled from the Social Science, Economist, General Natural Resources Management And Biological Sciences, Fish Biology, Wildlife Biology, General Engineering, Landscape Architecture, Architecture, Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or General Physical Science job series. The duty location may be in Walla Walla, Washington or Boise, Idaho. 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 WTHG224876177247).
 Black Dot Image Environmental Branch Chief, Regional Planning and Environmental Center (RPEC) (GS-14) - The Southwestern Regional Planning and Environmental Center (RPEC), Environmental Branch has an open interdisciplinary supervisory position to serve as the Environmental Branch Chief (GS-14). Responsibilities of the incumbent include: planning, directing, and supervising multi-disciplined staff engaged in environmental studies, assessments, impact statements, and analyses on water resource development projects and for environmental support; participating in formulating preauthorization and preconstruction plans, including those designed specifically to achieve Federal environmental objectives; serving as the Region's subject matter expert and representative on all National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) environmental and cultural restoration and compliance issues; establishing and maintaining lines of communication and dealing authoritatively in many contacts and negotiations with Federal, State, county, and other governmental agencies regarding environmental matters; independently implementing, planning, monitoring, directing, and evaluating the work to be accomplished and coordinating work of subordinate supervisory staff; taking responsibility for all work done by consultants for the Branch to include preparing, processing, and negotiating environmental services contracts; and developing and executing Branch's short and long range operating budgets and work plans including staffing requirements. This position may be filled from the Archeology, General Natural Resources Management and Biological Sciences, Ecology, Wildlife Biology, Environmental Engineering, Chemical Engineering, General Physical Science, Geophysics, Chemistry, or Geology job series. The duty location may be filled at any of the following duty locations: Fort Worth, TX; Galveston, TX; Little Rock, AR; or Tulsa, OK. 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 SWHB225058023869).
 Black Dot Image Biologist, Jacksonville District (GS-11) - The South Florida Section, Environmental Branch, Planning and Policy Division in the Jacksonville District has an open position to serve as a Biologist (GS-11). Responsibilities of the incumbent include: serving as a biological scientist on ecosystem restoration, environmental compliance, and coastal projects in the Restoration and Recovery Section; conducting environmental studies to prepare National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documents and environmental analyses for planning studies, design memoranda, and special studies; collecting, analyzing, and evaluating data needed to prepare reports concerning water resources development and controversial planning studies; preparing scopes of work and- cost estimates, as well as necessary evaluation factors for professional service contracts; coordinating work and studies with other interested Federal, State, and local government agencies, and cooperating with private concerned conservation groups and others; attending meetings to assure environmental concerns are considered and provides input as appropriate; and furnishing scientific information, advice, and recommendations as to the effects of proposed projects on environmental resources along with management measures to avoid, minimize or mitigate for potential adverse effects. This position will be filled from the General Natural Resources Management and Biological Sciences job series. The duty location is in Jacksonville, Florida. Reimbursement of relocation expenses is not authorized for this position. For more information, or to apply, please see the USAJobs posting (announcement number SCGV225027631152).
 Black Dot Image Section Chief, Coastal/Navigation Section, Jacksonville District (GS-13) - The Planning and Policy Division, Plan Formulation Branch, Coastal/Navigation Section in the Jacksonville District has an open supervisory interdisciplinary position to serve as the Section Chief (GS-13). Responsibilities of the incumbent include: responsibility for planning, coordinating, supervising, and completing complex water infrastructure planning studies in the field of water and related land resources development, within budget and schedule deadlines; planning, directing, coordinating, and participating in Jacksonville District mission efforts, providing administrative and technical supervision and mentoring over subordinate professional employees; having the ability and perception to recognize, understand, and explain significant and sometimes subtle variations from expected findings; and having the ability to communicate purposes, methods, and results of planning efforts to many audiences. This position may be filled from the General Natural Resources Management and Biological Sciences, Ecology, Landscape Architecture, Architecture, Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, or General Physical 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 SCGV225088474710).

 

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