clearer direction within a complex and sometimes inconsistent body of de facto water policy, to provide adequate resources for the Corps to make necessary transitions and changes, and to forward to a higher authority conflicts that the Corps and other line agencies cannot legitimately resolve. Finally, there is a need for a greater flexibility of Corps management and planning regimes, which includes an increased ability to monitor post-construction outcomes and make necessary adjustments. This concept is captured in the coordinating committee’s “portfolio planning” metaphor and is explained in further detail in the following chapters.

The updating of planning guidelines, and the linkage of more flexible planning and analytical procedures to broader federal-level organizational and policy changes, will allow the Corps to be better prepared to provide a third century of service to the nation. These and other overarching themes reappear in this report’s subsequent chapters, which elaborate on them and which identify additional considerations for improving Corps planning procedures.

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