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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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Planning Community Webinars
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ball graphicMulti-Criteria Decision Analysis (MCDA) and IWR Planning Suite
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Other News
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More News/What's New Postings
 
Notices
 Black Dot Image Supervisory Coastal Studies Specialist, Los Angeles District Planning Division (GS-13) - The Los Angeles District has an open Interdisciplinary position to serve as Los Angeles District's senior specialist and section chief in Coastal Planning. (GS-13). Responsibilities of the incumbent include: overseeing planning reports including Project Management Plans, Feasibility Studies, General and Limited Reevaluation Reports, Detailed Project Reports, Dredge Material Management Studies, and General Design Memoranda; providing plan formulation and policy compliance expertise and leading technical review of coastal planning reports; participating at public hearings, regional and national level meetings, committees, and professional conferences; and planning, assigning, and reviewing the work of the Section, which is performed by a diverse group of staff with professional skills in civil engineering, physical science, hydrology, soils, community planning, ecology and support personnel. This position may be filled from the Community Planning; Social Science; Economist; General Natural Resources Management and Biological Sciences; General Engineering; Landscape Architecture; Architecture; 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 WTKC213312397942).
 Black Dot Image Interdisciplinary – Plan Formulation Team Member, Headquarters Office of Water Project Review (GS-13/14) - The Headquarters Office of Water Project Review is recruiting a new member for its Plan Formulation Team (GS-13/14). Responsibilities of the incumbent include: serving as a nationally recognized policy expert in the area of plan formulation involving the review of the development of alternative solutions to water resources problems; developing recommendations to solve water resources problems and presenting information in planning documents, particularly those dealing with deep draft navigation, flood risk management, environmental restoration, and other Civil Works projects; applying a comprehensive knowledge of water resources policy by providing guidance to MSCs and District Commanders and their staffs in resolving study issues; preparing draft and proposed final reports of the Chief of Engineers to reflect Washington level review and findings; and maintaining a broad and specific knowledge of existing and emerging legislation, Executive Orders, and administrative policies likely to significantly influence Civil Works planning responsibilities of the Corps, among other responsibilities. This position may be filled from the Community Planning; Social Science; Economist; Archeology; General Natural Resources Management and Biological Sciences; Ecology; Landscape Architecture; Architecture; Civil Engineering; General Physical Science; or Oceanography job series. Moving expenses may be authorized for this position; in addition, the duty location for this position is negotiable after selection. For more information, or to apply, please see the USAJobs posting (announcement number NCFL213556580389).
 Black Dot Image Senior Water Resources Planner, Great Lakes and Ohio River Division/North Atlantic Division Regional Integration Team (GS-13/14) - The Headquarters NAD/LRD Regional Integration Team is seeking a Senior Water Resources Planner (GS-13/14). Responsibilities of the incumbent include: providing support to the MSCs’ Civil Works Project and Planning Program by managing policy compliance for planning activities; programming execution through coordination of guidance and decision documents, partnership agreements, and other documents related to project implementation; developing legislative initiatives and planning and policy guidance to support water resources project implementation; serving as the technical expert in support the Planning Community of Practice in areas of economic analysis, environmental impact and compliance, engineering design and cost estimates; coordinating, developing, facilitating, and interpreting policy, guidance, and reporting requirements of planning guidance; and socializing new or revised policies and procedures, among other responsibilities. This position may be filled from the Community Planning; Social Science; Economist; General Natural Resources Management and Biological Sciences; General Engineering; Landscape Architecture; or Civil Engineering job series. Moving expenses may be authorized for this position; in addition, the duty location for this position is negotiable after selection. For more information, or to apply, please see the USAJobs posting (announcement number NCFL213551679750).
 Black Dot Image Chief, Planning Resources Section, Norfolk District Planning & Policy Branch (GS-13) - The Norfolk District is recruiting to fill its Chief, Planning Resources Section position (GS-13). Responsibilities of the incumbent include: supervising, managing, and executing Civil Works General Investigations, Continuing Authorities and Planning Assistance to States Programs, and Special Investigations; maintaining full responsibility for preparation of reports documenting the results of all planning investigations and the reviews; overseeing economic analysis and plan formulation for Civil Works feasibility studies; planning work assignment to include shoreline and streambank erosion, navigation, environmental enhancement and/or fish and wildlife restoration, water supply, hydroelectric power, and recreation; and performing supervisory personnel management functions such as evaluating performance, developing performance appraisal standard and elements, determining training needs, promotion evaluation leave etc. This position may be filled from the Social Science; Economist; Archeology; General Natural Resources Management and Biological Science; Civil Engineering; Environmental Engineering; General Physical Science; or Hydrology job series. This position does not qualify for reimbursement of relocation expenses. For more information, or to apply, please see the USAJobs posting (announcement number SCER213405360626).

 

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