Based on the analysis of 8 selected intergovernmental support agreements (IGSAs) and interviews with officials, the GAO found that military services obtained financial and non-financial benefits from using IGSa with local or public governments to obtain installation services such as waste disposal, land maintenance and animal control. Military services have developed different approaches to support the use of IGSA to reduce costs or increase mission effectiveness. For example, the services have issued guidelines and procedures for their facilities to develop, approve and implement the IGSA. However, officers from the various military services told us that they are not fully monitoring whether the facilities are evaluating the possibilities of using the IGSA. For example, army policy says facilities must review existing contracts that expire for a possible transition to an IGSA, but military officials have said they are not yet monitoring whether the facilities are doing so. In the absence of a monitoring process to determine whether facilities are assessing opportunities to use the IGSA, military services do not know to what extent this is occurring and may therefore lack opportunities to further reduce costs or increase mission effectiveness. Comments: The Navy accepted this recommendation and, on March 1, 2019, the Department of the Navy instructed the Commander, Navy Facilities Command, to establish policies or procedures and to conduct a process of collecting and tracking information on the financial or unrealized benefits of the implemented IGS. In addition, the Ministry ordered that the information be made available to the Assistant Undersecretary of the Navy (Installations – Facilities) semi-annually. On June 1, 2019, Commander, Navy Facilities Command issued the necessary guidelines and collected data on the financial and non-financial benefits of the IGS implemented by the Navy during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2019. Through the implementation and implementation of this process and its documentation in guidelines, the navy will have information that decision makers can use to verify possible extensions of GHI and to decide whether similar agreements should be developed and implemented at other sites. Comments: The military approved this recommendation and in response concluded a settlement that led the monitoring of all the financial benefits realized of the IMPLEMENTed SRIs.
Although the Order does not explicitly impose control over non-financial benefits, an order from the military through IGSa indicates that it is essential to use public-public partnerships to improve, among other things, relations with government and local communities. We think that is the intent of our recommendation. Through the implementation and implementation of this process, as well as documentation in the guidelines, the military will have information that decision makers can use to review SRIs to obtain a possible extension and to decide whether similar agreements should be developed and implemented on other sites. However, military services do not fully control the benefits of implemented SRIs because they do not have formal processes in place.