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This information is intended to convey the underlying concepts for Reclamation's decision processes. It is not mandatory.
See the Reclamation Manual for official Reclamation-wide requirements.

Reclamation's Decision Process Guide

Before Starting

go through page Why / How / Who / Go On

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With a solid study foundation and a well planned approach, participants will be able to see where you are going and how you will get there .

You probably want jump right in with a vague idea of what to get, who to ask, and what to do to solve the problem. This seems to be the fastest way to get things done; but in reality, it's the slowest. Regulations to adhere to, needs*definition to consider, methods to effectively analyze the situation and people bring into process are often left trampled. These can trip you up later.

navigate in the page--How

Scoping (finding out the actions needs to cover) provides a base map, or context, for the problem.

We never have time to do it right--we always have time to do it again.

This initial scoping provides a rough outline to identify key players, driving issues, and basic study boundaries. Ensure that all potential stakeholders*definition know about the scoping and that everyone is involved who wants to be. This will provide the local and broad perspectives needed for an accurate and comprehensive beginning.

As in any game, the more time setting up, the more people can concentrate on having fun--and solving the problem. Take the following steps now to help maximize value and efficiency while minimizing conflict and misunderstandings.

If any of these steps are not in place, or have not consciously been considered, you need to review them.

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The clear need for a solution is not enough to solve the problem.

Much of the foundation is built before Reclamation ever gets involved. Others may have already started on the problem; thought about causes, effects, and related influences; and formulated possible solutions. Listen to what they have found so far and show what resources Reclamation can bring. This will help establish working relationships.

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navigate in the page--Go On

Executive Summary Take this car on a fast tour and Process spiralling forwardTours :

Before Funding <------> Step 1, Needs

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Please contact Deena Larsen 303-445-2584 with questions or comments on this material.