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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.

 

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 Black Dot Image Planning Workforce Development Guide - 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 - 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 Single Phase Feasibility Study Resources - Resources for District Project Delivery Teams and non-Federal sponsors beginning single phase feasibility studies post WRRDA 2014. Materials such as fact sheets and memos can be customized by the teams as needed and reflect single phase feasibility studies (no reconnaissance phase), the 3x3 rule, SMART Planning milestones and processes, and risk-informed planning tools. If you have questions or additions to this list of tools, please let us know at hqplanning@usace.army.mil
 Black Dot Image Emergency Supplemental Single Phase Feasibility Study Resources - Resources for District Project Delivery Teams and non-Federal sponsors beginning single phase feasibility studies being funded by 2018 Emergency Supplemental appropriations. Materials such as fact sheets and memos can be customized by the teams as needed and reflect single phase feasibility studies (no reconnaissance phase), the 3x3 rule, SMART Planning milestones and processes, and risk-informed planning tools. If you have questions or additions to this list of tools, please let us know at hqplanning@usace.army.mil
 Black Dot Image DCW Memo on Improving Efficiency and Effectiveness in Project Delivery - The USACE Director of Civil Works in June 2017 challenged the agency to operationalize risk informed decision making in order to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of our project delivery. The new May 2018 policy memo details changes in the planning phase of project development. Documenting the identification, assessment, and management of risks in order to track and manage them is critical for successful project delivery. Further guidance and FAQ are being developed. Please email hqplanning@usace.army.mil to submit your questions.
 Black Dot Image USACE Planner Database  Corps Castle - It is time for all Planners to update their profiles. The USACE Planner Database has updated functionality and flexibility for recording Planning CoP training, workforce planning, and staffing ATR teams.
 Black Dot Image SMART Planning Feasibility Studies: A Guide to Coordination and Engagement with the Services - 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.
 Black Dot Image Planning Manual Part II: Risk-Informed Planning - The Planning Manual Part II: Risk Informed Planning documents the state of the practice in risk-informed planning for the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Planning Community of Practice. It is a continuation of the original Planning Manual, published by the USACE Institute for Water Resources in 1996.
 
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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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 Black Dot Image Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration Senior Program Manager, USACE Headquarters Directorate of Civil Works (GS-15) - This position will serve as the Senior Program Manager for a multi-billion-dollar Civil Works Water Resources Planning and Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration (AER) Program. The position will lead the enterprise to coordinate and implement policy and recommendations for the AER Civil Works Program to accelerate the lifecycle delivery of water resource projects. Incumbent will work in conjunction with other functional elements during budget/work plan development and in defending budget, evaluating USACE implementation of the Planning and Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration projects and program and execution of the overall mission. This position will be filled from the Program Management job series. PCS may be authorized for this position subject to the provisions of the Joint Travel Regulations; please also note that the location of this position is negotiable after selection. For more information, or to apply, please see the USAJobs posting (announcement number NCFL210758320468).
 Black Dot Image Recent Graduate Economist, Alaska District (GS-7/9) - : The Alaska District is seeking to fill a Recent Graduate Economist position located in the PPMD Division, Civil Works Branch, Planning Section (GS-7/9). An ideal candidate will have a background in economic research with an existing or developmental focus in navigation, harbor development, flood risk management, coast storm risk management, ecosystem restoration and hydroelectric power. Responsibilities of the incumbent include: assisting in the development of the economic research program for the section which studies such subjects as flood control, navigation, harbor development and hydroelectric power; performing field investigations to locate flood plain, observe damages to buildings soil erosion, property damage in harbors, regional consumption and resources, facts concerning water transportation, recreational benefits, etc.; and maintaining good working relations with Federal, State and Municipal agencies to assure coordinated effort in making studies involving joint responsibility. This position will be filled from the Economist job series. Note: this is a developmental position; duties listed above will be performed in a developmental capacity at the GS-7/9 grade level, with a promotion potential of GS-11. This position is not eligible for relocation expenses. For more information, or to apply, please see the USAJobs posting (announcement number WTEV210711631696HS).
 Black Dot Image Environmental Planning Section or Navigation and Operations Environmental Section Supervisor, San Francisco District (GS-13) - The San Francisco District is seeking to fill the Environmental Planning Section or Navigation and Operations Environmental Section Supervisor (GS-13). Responsibilities of the incumbent include: supervising staff development of EAs, EISs, categorical exclusions, and the full range of supporting environmental documentation for all civil works projects within the District boundaries; overseeing environmental staff work on Congressionally Authorized Civil Works and Continuing Authorities Program studies and projects, navigation and dredging projects, maintenance and operations actions, work for others, and other efforts as needed; assuring the development of the EIS or EA, all other necessary environmental authorizations, and completing or acquiring collateral reports or documentation of post authorization planning studies; developing and implementing long range staffing needs through hiring and developing new employees and retraining existing staff for future needs to include non-traditional developmental initiatives; providing technical advice, counsel, instruction, and other assistance as required to accomplish assigned functions; and participating in intra-agency conferences and discussions to resolve questions of policy and to coordinate interrelated functions. This position may be filled from the Social Science; General Natural Resources Management and Biological Sciences; Environmental Engineering; or General Physical Science job series. PCS may be authorized for this position subject to the provisions of the Joint Travel Regulations. For more information, or to apply, please see the USAJobs posting (announcement number WTKC210548946319). Note: this position is also being advertised in a separate USAJobs announcement open to the public (announcement number WTKC210548941577D).
 Black Dot Image Senior Review Manager, Headquarters Office of Water Project Review (GS-15) - The USACE Headquarters Office of Water Project Review (OWPR) is seeking a Senior Review Manger to join its team. Responsibilities of the incumbent include (but are not limited to): supervising and directing activities of providing policy compliance determination for feasibility reports and other decision documents; directing coordination with high level staffs in Headquarters, Assistant Secretary of Army for Civil Works, Office of Management and Budget, and MSC and District offices; and managing the review process by assigning work to team members, coordinating with USACE officials, non-Federal study and project sponsors, local and State officials, and representatives of other Federal agencies. This position may be filled from the Community Planning; Social Science; Economist; Geography; Archeology; General Natural Resources Management and Biological Sciences; Ecology; General Engineering; Landscape Architecture; Civil Engineering; or General Physical Science job series. This position may qualify PCS in accordance with agency policy; also note that the duty location is negotiable after selection. For more information, or to apply, please see the USAJobs posting (announcement number NCFL210581198334).

 

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