Defense Committee Embraces Installation-Community Partnerships

The military services should take advantage of the relatively new authority allowing installations to enter into intergovernmental support agreements with local governments to provide, receive or share support services for most municipal functions, according to report language accompanying the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill.

“The [House Armed Services] Committee notes that the authority to enter into intergovernmental support agreements is broad and encourages the Department of Defense to leverage this authority in a manner that provides costs savings and improved services in support of Department of Defense installations, military personnel and their families,” the report states.

Installation-community partnerships provide an opportunity for the military to realize efficiencies, the committee added.

The report noted that last year’s policy bill clarified the authority first included in the FY 2013 authorization bill. The new language transferred section 331 from a chapter of the U.S. Code that deals with procurement to a chapter focused on real estate to emphasize that the shared services authority is focused on installations and should not be subject to the Federal Acquisition Regulation. The FY 2015 measure also defined an intergovernmental support agreement as a legal instrument for the first time.

The committee approved the FY 2016 bill, H.R. 1735, last week. The full House is expected to take it up later this month. The report accompanying the legislation is available on the committee website.

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