During the course of its development, a feasibility study will undergo internal (USACE) quality control and quality assurance (QA/QC), technical, legal, and policy review, in addition to external reviews (e.g., public review under NEPA and independent external peer review (IEPR), if needed). This will be spelled out in a Review Plan, initially drafted before the Feasibility Cost Sharing Agreement is signed, used and updated throughout the study.
The District Quality Control (DQC), policy review, and legal review team members and the ATR lead will be identified and/or confirmed at study initiation. The MSC may make adjustments to the DQC team as necessary as part of its Quality Assurance (QA) function. The ATR lead identifies and secures the services of the ATR team, with the assistance of the District or MSC requesting the review if needed. The Chief of OWPR and MSC Planning Chief coordinate on the assignment of the policy review team and review manager.
The main review of the study products is during District Quality Control (DQC); the District is responsible for completing a sound product. The DQC team consists of the PDT and reviewers that are external to the PDT. The MSC is involved in identifying the DQC team in the Review Plan based on the areas of expertise required for the study.
The key reviewer external to the PDT will be the Agency Technical Review (ATR) Lead, who is appointed by the relevant PCX.
In some larger or more complex or controversial studies, elements of the study will be subject to an Independent External Peer Review (IEPR). In such an instance, the appropriate PCX will assist in establishing an IEPR team from outside the Corps. The IEPR team will be working with the study team in addressing study issues and questions. Although the IEPR team is independent from the PDT, the PDT will work closely with the IEPR team to resolve those questions and issues.