Comments: The Military agreed with this recommendation and finalized and implemented guidelines to reduce costs in military facilities through the use of Intergovernmental Support Agreements (IGSAs). In particular, the guide instructs military agencies to consult with the Army Installation Management Command headquarters to identify ways to develop and submit IGSA proposals to local or government governments, starting with fixed waste management services. In addition to the solid waste service area, the military facilities will also develop other IGSA ideas and concepts. Through the completion and implementation of this process and documentation in the instructions, the military will have greater visibility into the facilities` opportunities to reduce costs or improve mission efficiency through the use of IGU. Based on the analysis of 8 selected intergovernmental support agreements (IGSAs) and interviews with officials, GAO found that military services received financial and non-financial benefits related to the use of IGSAs with local or government governments to obtain facility services such as waste disposal, soil maintenance and stray animal control. The Department of Defense (DOD) budgets about $25 billion a year to operate and support its facilities. SINCE 1997, GAO has classified DoD support infrastructure management as a high-risk industry, in part because DOD has had to reduce its installation support costs. In 2013, Congress authorized military services to engage IGSAs with local and state governments to obtain installation services when an agreement brings financial benefits or improves mission efficiency. As of July 2018, the military services had authorized 45 IGSAs in 33 facilities. Comments: The Navy agreed with this recommendation, and on March 1, 2019, the Department of the Navy directed the Commander of Navy Installation Command to define policies or procedures and implement a process to collect and control information on the financial or non-financial benefits realized from all implemented IGSAs. In addition, the ministry ordered that the information be made available to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Facilities and Facilities) every six months. On June 1, 2019, the Commander of Navy Facilities Command issued the necessary guidelines and collected data on the financial and non-financial benefits of the Navy`s IGSAs implemented in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2019.
Through the establishment and implementation of this process and the documentation contained in guidelines, the Navy will have information that decision-makers can use to verify a possible extension of the GHI and decide whether similar agreements should be developed and implemented at other sites. In this report, GAO assessed, among other things, the extent to which military services (1) have realized and monitored the benefits of IGAs and (2) have supported the use of IGSAs and whether the facilities are assessing the possibilities of using GIAs. Comments: DoD did not accept this recommendation and stated that the Marine Corps was part of the Department of the Navy and that the recommendation was not necessary. GAO made a similar recommendation to the Navy. The DOD agreed with this recommendation and indicated that the Department of the Navy would issue guidelines that would direct the Navy and Navy to establish and implement a process to track the financial and non-financial benefits realized from intergovernmental support agreements (IGSAs) implemented by their respective departments. On March 1, 2019, the Department of the Navy directed the Commander, Naval Facility Command (MCICOM), to define policies or procedures and implement a process to collect and monitor information on the financial or non-financial benefits realized from all implemented IGSAs. On June 27, 2019, MCICOM published the necessary guidelines as well as an updated order manual that reflects the new requirements. . .