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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
 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 graphicEngineer Regulation 1165-2-217: Water Resource Policies and Authorities, Review Policy for Civil Work (05/29/21)
ball graphicMemorandum for MSC Programs Directors - Capturing Cost and Time Impacts, Comprehensive Documentation of Benefits in Decision Documents (04/22/21)
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Planning Community Webinars
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ball graphicER 1165-2-217: Civil Works Review Guidance Policy (06/10/21)
ball graphicThe RMC, the MMC, and You (06/07/21)
ball graphicPost Authorization Change Reports (PACRs): Myths, Mysteries, and Legends (05/20/21)
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Other News
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ball graphicChief Report - Hudson River Habitat Restoration, New York (04/09/21)
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Notices
 Black Dot Image Interdisciplinary Planner/Study Manager, Sacramento District (GS-5/7/9/11) - The Sacramento District Planning Division has several vacancies for GS-5/7/9/11 positions serving as either a developmental or full performance Planner/Study Manager, responsible for planning and coordinating studies which are segments of larger studies. Responsibilities of the in incumbents (at full GS-11 performance level) include: directing, managing and/or assisting in water resources studies; analyzing input from various study sources and performing research in technical literature; preparing and/or presenting briefing materials to project stakeholders; and preparing various reports and documents such as: memoranda, study plans, appendices, environmental assessments, exhibits, graphics and other supplemental materials. This position may be filled from the Community Planning; Social Science; General Natural Resources Management and Biological Sciences; General Engineering; Landscape Architecture; Architecture; Civil Engineering; or General Physical Science job series. Relocation expenses are not reimbursable for this position. For more information, or to apply, please see the USAJobs posting (announcement number WTKC211054393057). Note: This position is also open to the public under a separate USAJobs announcement (announcement number WTKC211054393058D).
 Black Dot Image Regional Planning & Environment Division North (RPEDN) Plan Formulation Branch Chief (GS-14) - The Regional Planning & Environment Division North (RPEDN) is seeking to fill a key leadership position - the Plan Formulation Branch Chief (GS-14). This is one of five positions that make up the Management Team of RPEDN, and this position provides a great opportunity to not only help sustain a strong plan formulation team, but to influence the strategic direction of the broad planning and environmental missions in which RPEDN works. Responsibilities of the incumbent include: exercising technical and administrative supervision of professional, technical, and clerical personnel; functioning as the technical specialist to the RPEDN Chief on plan formulation and civil works policy analysis of projects and programs performed by the 3 Districts making up RPEDN (Rock Island, St. Louis, and St Paul); formulating and implementing policies to efficiently accomplish the planning function in accordance with Corps policies and guidance and from the RPEDN Chief; and serving as a source of expertise for the RPEDN 3 Districts, as well as local agencies for plan formulation and civil works policy evaluation of water projects. This position may be filled from the Community Planning; Economist; Geography; Archeology; General Natural Resources Management and Biological Sciences; Landscape Architecture; Architecture; Civil Engineering; or General Physical Science job series. This position may qualify for reimbursement of relocation expenses; in addition, it may be filled at one of the following duty locations: St. Paul, MN, Rock Island, IL, or St. Louis, MO. For more information, or to apply, please see the USAJobs posting (announcement number SWGG211097321061).
 Black Dot Image Sacramento District Tribal Liaison (GS-13) - Sacramento District is recruiting for a Tribal Liaison to support all tribal outreach initiatives within the District, building and maintaining positive working relationships between the District and tribes located within its area of responsibility (GS-13). Responsibilities of the incumbent include: collaborating with team members to define scope of new work, conduct in-depth mission analysis, and develop specific tribal outreach and consultation strategies; supporting Project Delivery Teams in coordination or consultation with tribes at civil projects; closely coordinating with senior leadership for improvements in internal business practices needed to enhance outreach opportunities; participating in national, regional, and local conferences and meetings to remain current with and to promulgate the Command-level outreach goals and objectives; developing District awareness of new work opportunities with Tribes and maintains an environment receptive to these efforts; serving as the District lead for customer outreach reporting and initiatives for Tribes at Division and Headquarters level; and producing marketing brochures, newsletters, and websites as tools to assure broadest dissemination of goals, strategies, capabilities and successes of District Tribal Outreach Programs. This position will be filled from the Program Management job series. This position may qualify for PCS allowances subject to the provisions of the Joint Travel Regulations. For more information, or to apply, please see the USAJobs posting (announcement number WTKC211053832950). Note: this position is also open to the public under a separate USAJobs posting (announcement number WTKC211053833483D).
 Black Dot Image Interdisciplinary Planner, Sacramento District (GS-12) - The Sacramento District Planning Division is seeking a GS-12 Interdisciplinary Planner. Responsibilities of the in incumbent include: preparing study conclusions and recommendations based on evaluations and in accordance with established policy, regulations, the views of local sponsor, agencies, and public interests; coordinating the activities of a range of technical specialists (e.g., economists, engineers, cultural resources specialists, environmentalists) and ensuring their products meet the requirements of the study; using professional knowledge of the Water Resource Planning process to identify problems and arrive at a recommendation for water resource studies; leading the preparation of or preparing various reports, study plans, and the final study report ensuring consistency and technical accuracy; collaborating with partners and stakeholders to establish study goals, objectives, and alternative plans to address water resources problems; and organizing, attending, participating in and/or conducting meetings, conferences, and workshops with local and agency jurisdictions. This position may be filled from the Community Planning; Social Science; Economist; History; General Natural Resources Management and Biological Sciences; General Engineering; Landscape Architecture; Architecture; or General Physical Science job series. PCS allowances may be authorized for this position. For more information, or to apply, please see the USAJobs posting (announcement number WTKC211061738904).
 Black Dot Image South Atlantic Division Hurricane Emergency Restoration Division (HERD) Interdisciplinary Planner (GS-14) - The South Atlantic Division Hurricane Emergency Restoration Division (HERD) has announced a term position opportunity for an Interdisciplinary Planner (GS-14). The selectee for this assignment will work under the guidance of the Chief, Hurricane Emergency Restoration Division, SAD and responsibilities will include: assessing Hurricane Emergency Restoration Division (HERD) products for review of planning, preconstruction engineering and design reports, other reports for federal water resources projects; authoring, reviewing, and editing study conclusions and reports for submittal to higher headquarters, other agencies, and ultimately, Congress; developing and applying methodologies and policies for the formulation and evaluation of flood risk management and shore protection projects; preparing responses to Congressional inquiries and correspondence to higher authority, other governmental agencies, and the public; and assisting on contracts for services being obtained from consultants and other entities. This opportunity is open DOD-wide to those with extensive leadership experience in Civil Works Planning. Telework/remote work within the SAD AOR is negotiable as well as return rights for current employees. This position may be filled from the Geography; Ecology; Civil Engineering; Environmental Engineering; or General Physical Science job series. Reimbursement of relocation expenses is not available for this position; please also note that this is a TERM appointment not to exceed 30 September 2023. For more information, or to apply, please see the USAJobs posting (announcement number SCGW211120312008).

 

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