About IGSA Partnerships

What Are Partnerships Under NDAA 2013 and 2015?

Under legislation published in the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), public-public partnerships are formal agreements between Army installations and their State or local governments for the provision, receipt, or sharing of installation support services.

NDAA 13, section 331, provided broad legislation for all military Services to enter into public-public partnerships for installation support services, with the exclusion of security guard and fire-fighting functions. These partnerships may be sole sourced to State and local governments.

Defense Department interpreted the legislation to require the use of the FAR for all IGSAs involving the provision of goods and services to the government, though the agreement could be sole sourced. Because municipalities have no or limited experience with the FAR, they were cautious about entering into contracts without detailed understanding of each clause. This slowed progress on IGSAs.

NDAA 15, section 351 clarifies that IGSAs do not require the use of the FAR, and leaves the determination of the best legal instrument to document the partnership up to each Service Secretary. It also includes the requirement that although the IGSA can still be sole sourced, if either of the IGSA participants contracts for a service covered by the IGSA, that contract must be competitive.

NDAA 15, section 351 is anticipated to have a positive effect on the progress of IGSAs. Use of simpler legal instruments should speed the partnership process.

Because most State and local governments compete their contracts to ensure the best price, the additional requirement for competitive contracts should prove to be minor.

Who Are Partners?

State or local governments, to include regional grouping of the same, may partner with installations.

The term “State” includes the District of Columbia, the Commonwealths of Puerto Rico and the Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa, Guam, and the United States Virgin Islands, and any agency or instrumentality of a State.

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The term “local government” includes a county, parish, municipality, city, town, township, local public authority, school district, special district, and any agency or instrumentality of a local government.

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Benefits of Partnership

Savings

Realize cost savings or cost avoidance for the Army

Quality

Enhance quality of life for Service Members

Relationships

Strengthen meaningful ties with Communities & Strategic Stakeholders

Mission

Enhance the installation’s ability to perform its mission

Efficiencies

Create efficiencies and economies of scale