In FY2012, the Corps began review of all feasibility studies in the portfolio in order to reclassify studies with limited likelihood of success to inactive and focus available funding for the most credible and viable projects for Congressional authorization.
The Corps is committed to examining its full portfolio of active studies more closely and completing high quality studies in an efficient and timely manner. To do so, the Deputy Commanding General of Civil and Emergency Operations (DCG-CEO) has instructed the Major Subordinate Commands (MSCs) that all feasibility studies that have not reached a Feasibility Scoping Meeting by 31 December 2011 should be completed in a target goal of 18 months but no more than three years; cost not greater than $3M and a "reasonable" report size (the main report 100 pages or less; environmental documentation conforming to ER 200-2-2; and the entire report with all appendices fitting in a 3-inch 3-ring binder), and should be re-scoped if necessary.
Active studies will be re-scoped through a process that reviews study progress, evaluates the likelihood of Federal interest and study scope, and makes a determination as to whether the study should continue as is, be re-scoped, or terminated. The Planning Community of Practice (PCoP) is supporting MSCs by providing SMART Planning training and tools to support the transition to feasibility studies applying SMART planning principles.
A portion of the feasibility study portfolio will be moved to inactive status or terminated. Any studies that did not receive funding in FY2010, FY2011 and FY2012, or are not in the FY2013 President's Budget will be moved to inactive status unless the Major Subordinate Command (MSC) provides a detailed justification why it should not be inactive to the DCG-CEO. Studies that have no viable sponsor, limited or no funding, and little likelihood of Federal interest will likely be terminated.
Finally, all studies going forward will be executed with a focus on key decision-making earlier in the study process, using a progressive and iterative planning process to address key areas of uncertainty –applying the Planning SMART principles described in this guide. The Project Delivery Team (PDT) will engage representatives from the District, Division, and Headquarters as needed to identify and resolve issues early in the process.
Although the feasibility study process steps are similar, how those steps will be executed will be changing. Find out more about feasibility studies as the Corps moves forward with its Civil Works and Planning Transformation.