5 December 2016
The second decisional milestone during the feasibility study is the Tentatively Selected Plan Milestone, which occurs when the District is prepared to release the draft report and draft NEPA documentation for concurrent public, technical, legal and policy review and IEPR (if applicable). Because the PDT is writing the feasibility study report as it goes –and is targeting a 100-page study report, by this milestone a draft feasibility study report has been prepared. At the TSP Milestone, the Headquarters Chief of the Planning and Policy Division determines if the analyses and findings to date are sufficient to approve release of a draft integrated feasibility study report for concurrent public and policy review, Agency Technical Review (ATR), and, if required, Independent External Peer Review (IEPR).
Between the Alternatives Milestone and Tentatively Selected Plan Milestone, the Project Delivery Team (PDT) is using a reasonable level of detail to collect data and model alternatives to analyze and evaluate effectiveness with the intent of identifying a Tentatively Selected Plan (TSP). The PDT has completed the evaluation and comparison of a focused array of distinctly different strategies for achieving the water resources objectives in the study area; identified a TSP and possibly a LPP to carry forward; and prepared a proposed way forward to develop sufficient cost and design information for the final feasibility-level analysis and feasibility report.
The Tentatively Selected Plan (TSP) Milestone meeting ensures the Vertical Team’s and, specifically, Headquarters’ concurrence on the TSP that will be released as part of the draft integrated feasibility study report for public and agency review. Ongoing Quality Control and Quality Assurance, complemented by formal and informal Vertical Team interactions, are expected to have addressed the adequacy of the draft report content prior to the TSP milestone.
Before the TSP Milestone meeting, the PDT should have:
- Prepared the draft integrated feasibility report which includes a summary evaluation of the final array of alternatives and a rationale for the TSP selection.
- Updated the Risk Register.
- Updated the team’s process documents and tools as needed with the next steps of the study – the decision management plan, review plan, project management plan, etc. The decision management plan should be focused on the needs of the study and focus on the decisions to be made; it will inform the Project Management Plan.
- Updated the project study issue checklist and report summary, which will be read-aheads for the TSP Milestone meeting.
At the milestone meeting, the PDT will produce an updated decision log and draft Memorandum for Record (MFR) of the meeting documenting decisions and agreements.
After the TSP Milestone meeting, it should be a relatively small effort to finalize preparations to release the report for concurrent public, technical, and policy review. Draft feasibility report documentation should follow ER 1105-2-100, Appendix G, general evaluation guidelines (Exhibit G-1) and be compliant with NEPA and other applicable laws, policies and regulations (Exhibit G-8).
The PDT will be required to provide a level of detail of documentation on the TSP that is commensurate with other alternatives analyzed. It is expected that limited additional TSP detail will be included for this public draft report. Details related to the recommended plan will be developed and evaluated as part of the next phase of the study.