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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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ball graphicPolicy Guidance on Implementation of Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (Public Law 117-58)
ball graphicPolicy Guidance on Implementation of Disaster Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2022 (Public Law 117-43)

 
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Planning Community Webinars
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ball graphicPlanning Ahead, Volume 2022, Issue 2 - June 2022
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Other News
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More News/What's New Postings
 
Notices
 Black Dot Image Senior Policy Advisor, Planning and Policy Division, Headquarters (GS-15) - Headquarters has an open interdisciplinary position for a Senior Policy Advisor (GS-15). Responsibilities of the incumbent include: serving as Senior Policy Advisor in the Planning and Policy Division, Directorate of Civil Works, Headquarters, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (HQUSACE) supporting the Civil Works water resources program; serving as a policy expert in one or more following areas: flood risk management, commercial navigation, ecosystem restoration and environmental recourses, water supply and conversation, hydropower and energy, recreation and water resources programs; being responsible for formulation new or modified policy guidance on Civil Works activities of the Corps of Engineers (USACE); developing policies to implement comprehensive new water resources legislation; providing advice and guidance for development of new or modified planning procedures and supporting research and development for new or adapted methodologies and technology transfer through training; directing the interaction and coordination with the staff of the Assistant Secretary of Army for Civil Works (ASA(CW), the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and other Federal agencies; providing advice and consultation to senior leadership on policy and compliance issues; representing the agency on various committees, task forces, and working groups to develop major national interagency programs and policy in the areas of water resources development and management; contributing to the development of testimony on Civil Works general investigation program and related matters; answering formal and informal inquiries pertaining to policies for the development and management of the Nation’s water resources from other Federal agencies, the Executive Office of the President, Congressional offices and committees and the public; serving as the subject matter expert, being responsible for providing members and Congress with authoritative analysis of issues in the area of Water Resources and Management; and representing USACE on interagency committees, task forces and other working groups to develop major national interagency programs in the area of water resource development and management. This position may be filled from the Architecture, Civil Engineering, Ecology, Fish Biology, Forestry, General Engineering, General Natural Resources Management and Biological Sciences, General Physical Science, Landscape Architecture, Rangeland Management, or Wildlife biology job series. Duty location can be anywhere in the United States as it is a remote position. Reimbursement of relocation expenses may be authorized in accordance with Joint Travel Regulations. For more information, or to apply, please see the USAJobs posting (announcement number NCFL227424442577).
 Black Dot Image Economist, Alaska District (GS-7-11) - The Alaska District has an open position for an Economist (GS-7-11). This is a developmental position. 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 contact with economists in like positions in other bureaus and agencies in order to exchange data and coordinate information and action on projects in which there are mutual interests. This position will be filled from the Economist job series. Duty location is in Elmendorf AFB, Alaska. 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 WTEV227339438731HW).

 

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