Technical Review: ATR and IEPR
When preparing to initiate the review of the draft feasibility report and NEPA documents, the "charge" to the reviewers on both the Agency Technical Review (ATR) teams and Independent External Peer Review (IEPR) panels will contain the instructions regarding the objective of the review and the specific advice sought. The reviews should be conducted to identify, examine, and comment upon assumptions that underlie analyses (i.e., public safety, economic, engineering, environmental, real estate, and others) appropriate to the "charge," as well as to evaluate the soundness of models and analytic methods. The ATR team and the IEPR panel will also evaluate whether the interpretations of analyses and conclusions are reasonable.
To provide effective review in terms of both usefulness and credibility of results, the charge will give reviewers the flexibility to bring important issues to the attention of decision makers. However, reviewers will be explicitly instructed in the charge to not make a recommendation on whether a particular alternative should be implemented, as the Chief of Engineers is ultimately responsible for the final decision on USACE work products. The ATR lead, in cooperation with the PCX, will prepare the charge for the ATR team. The Review Management Organization (RMO) is responsible for preparing the charge for the IEPR Panel.