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SMART planning is:
     S: Specific
    M: Measurable
    A: Attainable
    R: Risk Informed
    T: Timely

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Last updated: 21 March 2016

Glossary of Terms & Acronyms

    Active Study - A Feasibility Study will be considered active if all of the following are true:

    • It has been funded in past three fiscal years
    • It has sponsor support (including funding and plan approval)
    • A project is likely to be justified (e.g., positive net benefits)
    • The study category is a high Federal priority (aquatic ecosystem restoration, flood risk management-including coastal storm damage reduction, and navigation).
    A study with an inactive classification may be considered for funding if new information or developments impact the above criteria.

    Agency Decision Milestone - Meeting where a panel of senior HQUSACE leaders chaired by the DCG-CEO will determine whether the selected plan should be endorsed and move forward into feasibility-level design.

    Alternatives Milestone - The Vertical Team concurs on the proposed way forward on continuing analysis and evaluation on a focused array of alternatives.

    Charette - A structured, collaborative session in which a group comes together to develop a solution to a problem.

    Consequence - How severe of an impact that action will have on the study.

    Feasibility-Level Design - This phase of the study includes development of the Final Draft Report and additional design of the recommended plan to reduce risk of uncertainty with cost data, engineering effectiveness, environmental impacts, and economic benefits.

    Final Report Milestone - DCG-CEO is briefed by MSC Commander and OWPR in order to approve release for State and Agency Review.

    Inactive Study - A Feasibility Study will be considered inactive if any of the following are true:

    • It has not been funded in past three fiscal years
    • It lacks a non-federal sponsor or sponsor support
    • A project is not likely to be justified
    • The study category not is a high Federal priority (aquatic ecosystem restoration, flood risk management-including coastal storm damage reduction, and navigation).
    A study with an inactive classification may be considered for funding if new information or developments impact the above criteria.

    Likelihood - The chance or probability of an event happening.

    Reclassification - Feasibility Study is terminated or marked as inactive.

    Report Summary - Brief document describing the path of the study so far; the effort taken to reduce the scope, cost and schedule; the significant risks that drive the schedule and budget; and the vertical team participation. This becomes the executive summary of the feasibility report.

    Rescope - PDT re-examines the scope of the Feasibility Study, using all existing information gathered to date to determine a path forward, including identifying the amount of effort and level of detail necessary to make a Federal decision, while conforming to Planning SMART principles.

    Reset - A deliberate pause to critically review Feasibility Study progress and scope and determine whether to reclassify, rescope, or continue as is.

    Risk - A measure of the probability and consequence of uncertain future events. Consequences can include losses from hazards (or pure risks such as flood damage, invasive species or species extinction) as well as the potential for gain (opportunities such as habitat improvement, water quality gains or transportation cost savings). Opportunity risks result in an uncertain degree of gain or loss as we pursue project services and outputs.

    Risk Register - A tool used through the entire feasibility study process document and manage risk and uncertainty associated with a project throughout its life cycle. This document will be updated and carried through to Preconstruction Engineering & Design, Construction and Operations & Maintenance.

    SMART - Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Risk Informed, Timely.

    SMART Planning - The planning process that will be in full force by 2014; emphasizes risk-informed planning that leads to decisions.

    Terminated Study - If a Feasibility Study has no potential for a Federally implementable project, the study will be terminated.

    Transition Plan - The process of reducing number of active studies, completing legacy studies, and re-scoping existing studies to be compliant with SMART Planning that goes into effect in 2014. By 2014, ALL studies will be executed under the SMART Planning Process

    TSP Milestone - The Vertical Team concurs on the Tentatively Selected Plan (TSP). This milestone is the trigger for concurrent agency and public reviews.

    Uncertainty - The outcome and probability of said outcome is unknown.

    Vertical Team - The PDT plus team members from MSC, RIT, PCX, and OWPR that are involved informally throughout study process, and formally during IPRs and Milestones.

    Waiver - In rare cases, the DCG-GEO approves a study to be exempt from the 3x3x3 rule (a study targeted to be complete in no more than 3 years, for $3 million, and involving three levels of the vertical team – District, Division, and Headquarters.