Comprehensive Documentation of Benefits Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
In support of the Comprehensive Documentation of Benefits policy directive issued on 5 January 2021 by the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) are provided for reference. These FAQs are a living document, intended to emphasize or clarify key points of policy as stated in the 5 January memo, and address commonly asked questions regarding how USACE is approaching implementation of this guidance during feasibility study development and vertical team review.
Feasibility Study Process for Water Supply Reallocation Studies
These diagrams provide an overview of the timeline for a 3x3x3 water supply reallocation feasibility study as well as key strategies for achieving project delivery.
Got OSE? Tools, Tips & Techniques
This fact sheet contains tools, tips, and techniques for documenting and assessing Other Social Effects (OSE) within the six-step Planning process.
Planning Terms and Acronyms
Frequently used terms and acronyms in the USACE Planning process
USACE Knowledge Now Video Library First-Time Login Instructions
In order to view recordings of previous PCoP webinars, USACE staff must use their credentials to access the USACE Knowledge Now video library. This document guides new users through the process of accessing the USACE Knowledge Now video network, setting up a profile, and accessing the Planning channel.
Comprehensive Documentation of Benefits in Decision Document Fact Sheet
o The Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works) January 5, 2021 Comprehensive Documentation of Benefits in Decision Document policy directive seeks to ensure that USACE has carefully evaluated, calculated, and documented the totality of a proposed project's benefits and impacts to support USACE recommendations for potential future investments in water resources projects. Benefit categories include social, environmental, and economic; the policy directive requires evaluation and consideration of a proposed projects benefits across all these categories. A Comprehensive Documentation of Benefits Frequently Asked Questions document, developed in July 2022, is now available for reference.
Report to Congress on Future Water Resources Development Fact Sheet
This fact sheet provides an overview of the annual Report on Future Water Resources Development to Congress, also known as the 7001 Report. It provides information for non-federal interests on how to submit a proposal for inclusion in the Report.
USACE Flood Risk Management Mission Overview
This fact sheet provides an overview of the USACE Flood Risk Management mission.
Interagency Nonstructural Efforts: How the Corps Can Assist with Activities that Reduce Flood Risk
Under the Floodplain Management Services (FPMS) Program, the Corps provides a wide range of technical services and planning guidance to support effective management of the floodplains associated with the rivers of the United States. Interagency nonstructural efforts that focus on flood risk reduction activities are services that can be provided through FPMS and support non-federal governments while promoting a collaborative approach. Each Fall, a Call for Proposals is issued internally within the Corps for such efforts and specifies the coming year's proposal submission requirements, evaluation criteria, and review processes.
Corps Planning: Planning Assistance to States
Two types of planning assistance are offered through the Planning Assistance to States (PAS) program, Comprehensive Plans and Technical Assistance. Any State, or group of States, may partner with the Corps under the PAS program. Federally-recognized Tribes and U.S. Territories are also eligible partners in the PAS program. The PAS program is authorized by Section 22 of WRDA 1974, as amended, and is sometimes referred to as the Section 22 program.
Meeting the Nation's Water Resources Challenges: Shaping the Corps of Engineers Planning and Project Portfolio
This document provides an overview of Corps Planning, and the vital role it plays in supporting the Corps Civil Works water resources development and management mission.
Digitally Signing Federal Register Submission Documents
A step by step guide for digitally signing documents submitted to the Federal Register, including how to add an electronic signature to MS Word documents, accepted file types, and how to include multiple signatories.
Frequently Asked Questions: Director's Policy Memorandum 2018-05 (30 July 2018)
Frequently Asked Questions on Director's Policy Memorandum 2018-05: Improving Efficiency and Effectiveness in USACE Civil Works Project Delivery (Planning Phase and Planning Activities). These FAQs cover questions about operationalizing risk and risk-informed planning, the study team and resourcing, milestones and decision-making, and review.
Quick Reference to Climate Considerations
This quick reference guidance addressed three relevant climate factors to achieve expedient climate risk-informed decision-making: datums, sea level change, and climate-impacted hydrology. This quick reference synthesizes but does not supplant or replace existing policy and guidance.
CAP Section 103 Fact Sheet and Sample Request Letter
This fact sheet provides information on Section 103 - Coastal Storm Damage Reduction Projects, under which USACE can partner with a non-federal sponsor to plan and construct small coastal storm damage reduction projects that have not previously been specifically authorized by Congress and are not part of a larger project.
CAP Section 107 Fact Sheet and Sample Request Letter
This fact sheet provides information on Section 107 - Commercial Navigation Improvements, under which USACE can partner with a non-federal sponsor to plan and construct commercial navigation projects that have not previously been specifically authorized by Congress and are not part of a larger project.
CAP Section 1135 Fact Sheet and Sample Request Letter
This fact sheet provides information on Section 1135 - Project Modifications for Improvement of the Environment, under which USACE can partner with a non-federal sponsor to modify structures and operations of water resources projects constructed by the Corps for the purpose of improving the quality of the environment. Restoration projects can also occur at locations where an existing Corps project contributed to the degradation of the environment.
CAP Section 14 Fact Sheet and Sample Request Letter
This fact sheet provides information on Section 14 - Emergency Stream Bank and Shoreline Protection, under which USACE can partner with a non-federal sponsor to plan and construct emergency stream bank and shoreline protection for public facilities in imminent danger of failing (e.g., roads, bridges, hospitals, schools, treatment plants).
CAP Section 205 Fact Sheet and Sample Request Letter
This fact sheet provides information on Section 205 - Small Flood Risk Management Projects, under which USACE can partner with a non-federal sponsor to plan and construct small flood damage reduction projects that have not previously been specifically authorized by Congress and are not part of a larger project.
CAP Section 206 Fact Sheet and Sample Request Letter
This fact sheet provides information on Section 206 - Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration, under which USACE can partner with a non-federal sponsor to develop aquatic ecosystem restoration and protection projects that improve the quality of the environment.
Corps Planning: Feasibility Studies & Project Delivery
The Corps' Civil Works Planning Program conducts a broad range of studies, including studies leading to new projects that require Congressional authorization, studies involving evaluation and design of projects under continuing authorities, and reexaminations of existing projects.
Corps Planning: Floodplain Management Services
Through the Floodplain Management Services (FPMS) program, the Corps provides information on flood hazards to local interests, state agencies, and other federal agencies to guide development of the floodplains of the rivers of the United States.
Corps Planning: Planning SMART, Building Strong
Planning plays a vital role in supporting the Corps Civil Works water resources development and management mission. The Corps' water resources 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. Planning knowledge and skill is used across Civil Works mission areas and throughout the Civil Works project development and implementation process not just in the early "planning" phases of project development. This fact sheet provides an overview of the various activities of USACE Civil Works Planning.
Corps Planning: Risk-Informed Planning
USACE Civil Works Planning has always been about solving problems and making decisions under uncertainty. With today's complex challenges and limited resources we must be more efficient and effective in how we conduct planning studies. By placing the six-step planning process in a risk management framework, USACE Planning teams are better able to identify and communicate the way they use information and reduce uncertainty to inform decisions through iterations of the risk-informed planning process.
Partnering with the Corps: Assistance to States, Tribes & Communities
The Corps' Civil Works Planning Program works with State, Tribal, and local governments to provide or coordinate technical assistance and engineering expertise through a variety of programs.
Agency Decision Milestone At A Glance
High level overview of the Agency Decision milestone. This one-page overview complements planning guidance, and includes best practices, read ahead requirements, and basics on the decision focus and decision-makers at each milestone meeting.
An update on the Corps Planning Modernization efforts.
Report to Congress on Future Water Resources Development
Overview of the annual Report to Congress on Future Water Resources Development. The Report identifies feasibility studies and water resources projects that the Congress may consider for authorization. This Report is a requirement of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014 (WRRDA), Section 7001, and is sometimes known as the "7001 Report."
Tentatively Selected Plan Milestone At A Glance
High level overview of the Tentatively Selected Plan milestone. This one-page overview complements planning guidance, and includes best practices, read ahead requirements, and basics on the decision focus and decision-makers at each milestone meeting.
Alternatives Milestone At A Glance
High level overview of the Alternatives Milestone. This one-page overview complements planning guidance, and includes best practices, read ahead requirements, and basics on the decision focus and decision-makers at each milestone meeting.
Civil Works Study and Project Partnerships
Introduction to the partnership between USACE and non-federal sponsors in developing a feasibility study and recommendation of a Civil Works water resources project.
SMART Planning & Feasibility Study Frequently Asked Questions (8 January 2015)
Frequently Asked Questions on SMART Planning & Feasibility Study Implementation have been updated and reposted. If your question is not answered here, please submit your question/comment via the front page Suggestion Box.
USACE Planning Portfolio Profiles: Key Feasibility Studies Underway in FY15
List of key feasibility studies underway in FY15, including new studies and "legacy" feasibility studies being managed to completion.
USACE Planning Portfolio Profiles: New Feasibility Studies
Overview of the 19 feasibility studies beginning in 2015
SMART Reconnaissance Studies
Overview of the nine reconnaissance studies begun in FY14.
SMART Planning & Feasibility Study Implementation (27 March 2013)
High-level talking points on SMART Planning & Feasibility Study implementation to help U.S. Army Corps of Engineers personnel at all levels respond to questions about Planning Modernization and feasibility study execution via SMART Planning.
Civil Works Transformation: Planning Modernization StrongPoint
Overview of changes to USACE Planning Program delivery as part of the enterprise Civil Works Transformation initiative.
Civil Works Planning Overview
Overview talking points about the Civil Works Planning Program
Section 1210(b) of the Disaster Recovery Reform Act (DRRA) Fact Sheet
This FEMA fact sheet provides information on Section 1210(b) of the DRRA, which allows for FEMA to use the funds from the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) to implement certain mitigation activities that fall within the scope of USACE (i.e., federally authorized water resources development projects). For more information on HMGP, which assists in implementing long-term hazard mitigation planning and projects following a Presidential major disaster declaration, visit the FEMA HMGP website. Note: Once HMGP funding is applied to construction of a federally authorized water resources development project, no further federal funding may be provided for the project's construction.
Transforming the Current Pre-authorization Study Process
An introduction to the new planning paradigm that would evolve into the SMART Planning process for conducting feasibility studies.