Transforming Army Installations Through Partnerships
The integration of military life and the surrounding communities is significantly different today than from previous decades. Military installations and civilian communities are inextricably linked together. Most of our members and their families live, shop, work, play and go to school in town. In fact we now depend on our surrounding communities to teach our children, protect our loved ones and provide infrastructure so that the Soldiers may fulfill their duties on the post. We should collaboratively seek partnerships for the benefit of all citizens.
The Army is undertaking an effort to stimulate its active and reserve components to meet with municipalities and states to further engage in the partnering process. It also includes remaining open to other potential partnership opportunities with the private sector.
Key partnership instruments that the Army may use include:
Memorandums of Understanding
An MOU is used, typically, to formalize an agreement when no funds or resources of value are being exchanged between parties.
Memorandums of Agreement
An MOA is used, typically, to document specific terms and responsibilities between two or more parties, especially when there will be a commitment of resources and some form of compensation using other than appropriated funds.
Mutual Aid AgreementsAn MAA is used to establish mutual aid assistance for fire and emergency services with a local jurisdiction.
Cooperative Agreements are used to carry out a public purpose of support or stimulation by transferring something of value to the partner, where substantial involvement is expected between parties.
Intergovernmental Support Agreements
IGSAs are used to receive, provide, or share an installation-support service with a State or local government, where the State or local government currently provides the service for its own residents.
Federal Acquisition Regulation-based Procurement Contracts
FAR contracts are used to acquire goods or services for the Army.
Per the FAR, a “contract” means a mutually binding legal relationship obligating the seller to furnish the supplies or services (including construction) and the buyer to pay for them. It includes all types of commitments that obligate the Government to an expenditure of appropriated funds and that, except as otherwise authorized, are in writing. Contracts do not include grants and cooperative agreements covered by 31 U.S.C.6301, et seq.
A Word From Our Leaders
Quarterly Joint Services Partnership Meeting – community partnership representatives from all the services get together to discuss challenges and lessons learned.
2018 Defense Communities National Summit
Strategic Engagement Process
Installation Commanders can develop partnerships at any time. However, to energize the Public-Public Partnership program, the OACSIM Privatization and Partnerships Division implemented a collaborative facilitation process to accelerate results.
The process includes four engagements:
- Kick Off Meeting
- Needs and Capacities Conference
- Focus Group Workshop
- Agreements Development Workshop
On 20 March 2015, the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment (ASA (IE&E)), Honorable Katherine Hammack, approved Ft. Leonard Wood’s request to enter into an Intergovernmental Support Agreement (IGSA) with the City of Waynesville, MO.
Terms and Definitions
The acquiring by contract with appropriated funds of supplies or services (including construction) by and for the use of the Federal Government through purchase or lease, whether the supplies or services are already in existence or must be created, developed, demonstrated, and evaluated. Acquisition begins at the point when agency needs are established and includes the description of requirements to satisfy agency needs, solicitation and selection of sources, award of contracts, contract financing, contract performance, contract administration, and those technical and management functions directly related to the process of fulfilling agency needs by contract.
Installation Support Services:
Those services, supplies, resources, and support typically provided by a local government for its own needs and without regard to whether such services, supplies, resources, and support are provided to its residents generally, except that the term does not include security guard or fire-fighting functions.