- Planning Guidance Notebook
- Planning Bulletins
Memoranda and Implementation Guidance
- SMART Guide
The online Planning SMART Guide
provides an introduction and overview of the execution and delivery of feasibility
- Summary of Recent USACE Planning Policy Updates: September
2018 - March 2019
USACE policy and guidance continues to evolve to reflect the most recent changes
in law (WRDAs), Administration priorities, and USACE leadership. This presentation
summarizes and provides context for key USACE Planning policy and guidance
updates released between September 2018 and March 2019.
Interim Guidance on Streamlining Independence External Peer Review
(IEPR) for Improved Civil Works Product Delivery
summarizes the current guidance on delegated IEPR authorities to the field, and
provides updated guidance on IEPR mandatory triggers. In particular, it streamlines
the mandatory triggers to reflect only the statutory requirements for Type I IEPR.
When the statutory requirements for IEPR were first introduced in the WRDA 2007,
USACE adopted a broad application of these reviews. In the nearly 12 years since,
USACE improved its quality management and strengthened all layers of review.
IEPR remains an important aspect of USACE's overall quality management strategy
for producing sound federal investment decisions and projects. In a resources
constrained environment, USACE must focus its IEPR implementation on the most
complex, highest cost projects, as well as those that pose a high risk to public
safety, the economy, and the environment.
- Fact Sheets, FAQ and Webinars
Civil Works Partnership Fact Sheet (PDF)
Civil Works Partnership Fact Sheet (Word)
Feasibility Study Initiation: Fundamental Steps and Documentation
Overview of key steps to initiating a feasibility study: processes, documentation, and decisions in the first 90 days of a new feasibility study.
Project Planning with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (April 2015)
This PowerPoint deck provides an overview of implementing a cost-shared single phase feasibility study with the Army Corps of Engineers. It is posted in PowerPoint so that Corps Districts can adapt it to their local needs and the needs of their sponsors.
Webinar: Implementing Single Phase Feasibility Studies: Getting to the Alternatives Milestone (5 March)
Brian Harper from the Institute for Water Resources provided useful tips for new start feasibility studies implementing single phase studies (without reconnaissance).
Webinar: Implementation of WRRDA Section 1002 Single-Phase Planning & Notification of Study Schedules (19 February)
Sue Hughes and Lisa Kiefel from the Planning Community of Practice provided a preview of the changes to the feasibility study process and notification requirements established by Section 1002 of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA).
PCoP Webinar Series
includes several webinars on SMART Planning, lessons learned, and more
Partnering with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers: A Guide for Communities, Local Governments, States, Tribes, and Non-Governmental Organizations
Partnering with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers: A Guide for Communities, Local Governments, States, Tribes, and Non-Governmental Organizations provides potential sponsors with information on the programs and processes available for non-Federal partners and USACE representatives to work together to address the Nations water resources problems. The Guide includes an overview of the USACE Civil Works Program and describes how USACE can work with local, State, Tribal, and Federal agencies and other non-Federal partners on activities ranging from technical services and advice to planning and constructing water resources projects. A previous version of this document was originally published as the Project Partnership Kit by IWR back in 1996 and revised in 2001.
Talking Points & Frequently Asked Questions: Section 1001 of WRRDA 2014 Vertical Integration and Acceleration of Studies (April 2015)
Talking Points & Frequently Asked Questions: Section 1002 of WRRDA 2014 - Consolidation of Studies
- Templates and Forms