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Federal Project Benefit Cost Ratio and Scoring Information Paper

Friday, April 27, 2018

COPRI's Task Committee on Alternative Financing of Waterways Infrastructure has released the Benefit Cost Ratio (BCR) and Scoring Information Paper to be used in conjunction with the committee's Alternative Financing and Delivery of Waterways Infrastructure report released in March, 2017. This paper provides basic information about the Federal project planning process and associated BCR calculations, the Administration's scoring metric used to select the highest value project via the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers (COE) Civil Works (CW) and OMB methods for budgeting, and how these metrics may impact Alternative Financing of future projects. It is organized to be used in its entirety or separately to focus on BCR, Scoring, or a tabular summary on the final page. It suggests ways that project sponsors can use current processes to improve the viability of their project submissions and how policies might be amended to enhance future project recommendations. 

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