WASHINGTON – The Department of the Army announced the signing of the 100th Intergovernmental Support Agreement between Fort Meade and Howard County, Maryland. IGSAs were established through the FY13 National Defense Authorization Act as a formal public-to-public agreement between Army installations and their state or local government to provide, receive or share installation support services.
Since 2015, the Army has established 100 of the Department of Defense’s approximately 180 IGSAs. Through the 100 Army IGSAs, the Department of Defense has achieved over $28 million in savings annually and over $48 million in cost avoidance. Overall, the Army has seen an average of a 30% cost reduction since implementing IGSAs. Communities have also benefited from these partnerships by reducing their costs through economies of scale.
The 100th IGSA signing ceremony will be at Fort Meade on May 18, and will include Pentagon, Installation Management Command, Fort Meade leadership and executive leadership from Howard County.
"This IGSA will generate a revenue stream for Howard County, and could save Fort Meade a significant amount of money per year in planning and engineering design cost for stormwater abatement projects," said Col. Christopher Nyland, Fort Meade garrison commander. "It will strengthen our relationship with one of our key local community partners, and meets the truest intent of an Intergovernmental Support Agreement by serving as a win-win for both parties."
Fort Meade has partnered with Howard County Department of Public Works, Bureau of Environmental Services for solicitation of best management practice, stream restoration design and engineering, as well as construction support services. The goal is to achieve cost savings and increase stormwater service capability by leveraging the local expertise of Howard County.
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