IGSAs Provide Considerable Benefits, GAO Finds

IGSAs Provide Considerable Benefits, GAO Finds

The four military services have entered into 45 intergovernmental support agreements (IGSAs) at 33 installations since 2013 when Congress authorized the services to negotiate such agreements with local and state communities to obtain, provide or share installation support services. To date, installations have used the new authority to obtain a wide array of services, including waste removal, stray animal control, water treatment and testing, road maintenance, custodial services, computer-aided dispatch and snow removal. The services estimate those IGSAs will generate $9 million in benefits, including cost savings and avoidances. These figures can be found in a new report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) that recommends the services monitor both the benefits realized from implemented IGSAs and whether installations are evaluating IGSA opportunities. An appendix lists each of the 45 agreements reached as of July 25, 2018.

The agency analyzed eight IGSAs from across the military and estimated five saved a total of $2.4 million in their first year of implementation. The largest savings, $1.9 million, resulted from an IGSA Fort Polk reached with Vernon Parish, La., for waste removal services. Moody AFB, Ga., realized an estimated $270,000 in savings through an IGSA for water and wastewater treatment with Lowndes County, Ga. The other three IGSAs resulted in cost avoidances, according to installation officials. In those cases, the installations obtained services they previously had not been paying for at a lower cost than other alternatives.

While installation officials told GAO financial savings were the primary motivation for using IGSAs, they produced other benefits as well, including enhanced mission effectiveness and readiness, reduced administrative workload and an improved relationship with the host community. The Army Partnerships Office said the Presidio of Monterey, Calif., has realized a quicker response time through its IGSA for a variety of installation services with the city of Monterey, significantly enhancing installation readiness. The post, for example, was able to obtain a work order for flood damage to a satellite component within a matter of minutes, according to the report.

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