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The Planning Associates Class of 2013 completed a three-week session in Washington D.C., otherwise known as the “DC Experience.” The overarching goal of the DC Experience is to introduce the class to the roles and responsibilities of USACE Headquarters. The group met with many senior leaders and attended functions to network with other federal staff. The class learned about the Civil Works authorization and appropriations process, and was introduced to other federal entities that are involved in the life of USACE projects. Activities included the following:
New Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) bill being drafted
Civil Works appropriations
A visit to “The Hill,” including attending a congressional hearing and touring the Capitol.
Risk communication – the discussion included SMART Planning’s emphasis on managed risk as well as the skills and techniques needed to communicate project risk to interested stakeholders.
Risk Informed Decisions Making and SMART Planning – topics discussed included risk and uncertainty, SMART planning, and the risk register.
The Planning Associates class met senior leaders, including the following:
Janet Cote, an Ecologist from the Norfolk District, Norfolk, Virginia, contributed to this story.
Andrew Roach, a Biologist from the Baltimore District, Baltimore, Maryland, contributed to this story.