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Partnerships Policy & Procedures

Partnerships - Policy & Procedures

    Engineer Pamphlets

    • EP 1130-2-500, dated 27 December 1996 revised 1 June 2006
      Project Operations - Partners and Support (Work Management Guidance and Procedures)

    • EP 1130-2-550, dated 15 November 1996 revised 15 August 2002
      Projection Operations - Recreation Operations and Maintenance Guidance and Procedures
        This pamphlet establishes guidance for the management of recreation programs and activities, and for the operation and maintenance of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) recreation facilities and related structures, at civil works water resource projects and supplements ER 1130-2-510, "Recreation Operations and Maintenance Policies."

    Engineer Regulations

    • ER 1130-2-500, dated 27 December 1996 revised 1 June 2006
      Project Operations - Partners and Support (Work Management Policies)
        This regulation establishes the policy for the management of operation and maintenance activities of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) personnel performing civil works functions related to flood control, navigation, dredging, hydroelectric power generation, environmental stewardship, and recreation services at water resource, waterway, and other USACE projects.

    • ER 1130-2-550, dated 15 November 1996 revised 15 August 2002
      Project Operations - Recreation Operations and Maintenance Policies
        This regulation establishes the policy for the management of recreation programs and activities, and for the operation and maintenance of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) recreation facilities and related structures, at civil works water resource projects.

    • ER 1140-1-211, dated 10 Sep 2020
      Support for Others - Non-DoD Reimbursable Services
        This regulation provides guidance on USACE performing reimbursable work for non-DOD Federal agencies, States, Commonwealths, Territories, and local governments of the United States.

    • ER 37-1-30, dated 12/12/19
      Financial Administration - Accounting and Reporting
        This regulation establishes the framework for financial management within the Corps of Engineers. It supersedes ER 37-2-10 Chapter 4, Accounts Receivable and Collection Procedures, referenced in the Contributions, Fundraising, and Recognition Reference Guide of October 2008.

    • ER 405-1-12, dated 20 November 1985 revised 15 May 2000
      Real Estate Handbook
        "Real Estate Handbook," this regulation establishes policy for the management and operation of real estate responsibilities on Military and Civil Works Projects, to include encroachments; and issuing, managing, and administering outgrants authorizing the use of this real property.

    • ER 700-1-1, dated 04/30/15
      Logistics - USACE Supply Policies and Procedures
        Prior coordination with Logistics Management should occur before contributed personal property is accepted. Personal property is property of any kind except lands and improvements that are permanently attached and ordinarily regarded as real estate. Recording, accounting, and management of property items will be in accordance with ER 700-1-1.

    Policy Letter

    • Policy Letter, dated 3/30/18
      Implementation Guidance for Section 1155 of WRDA 2016
        This memorandum provides implementation guidance for Section 1155 of WRDA 2016. This section amended Section 225 of WRDA 225 (33 USC 2328) by authorizing the Secretary to enter into Challenge Cost Sharing Cooperative Management Agreements with non-Federal public entities to collect and retain user fees for the use of developed recreation sites and facilities, whether developed or constructed by that entity or the Department of the Army, and reinvest collected fees at the site at which the fees are collected. Section 1155 further authorized participating public entities to use any visitor reservation service that the Secretary of the Army has provided for by contract or interagency agreement.

    • 04-01, dated 27 October 2004
      Volunteer Value of Service Hourly Rate
        This memorandum initiated the Corps using the Independent Sector's hourly rate to determine the value of volunteer service. Since 2005, the value of volunteer service is calculated automatically in OMBIL by entering the number of volunteer hours.

        For reference, the volunteer value of service hourly rates

        • FY 2022 - $29.95
        • FY 2021 - $28.54
        • FY 2020 - $27.20
        • FY 2019 - $25.43
        • FY 2018 - $24.69
        • FY 2017 - $24.14
        • FY 2016 - $23.56
        • FY 2015 - $23.07
        • FY 2014 - $22.55
        • FY 2013 - $22.14
        • FY 2012 - $21.79
        • FY 2011 - $21.36
        • FY 2010 - $20.85
        • FY 2009 - $20.25
        • FY 2008 - $19.51
        • FY 2007 - $18.77
        • FY 2006 - $18.04
        • FY 2005 - $17.55
        • FY 2004 - $17.19

    • Implementation Guidance, dated 12 August 2016, dated 11/2/11
        This memorandum provides implementation guidance for Section 1047(d) of WRRDA 2014. Section 1047(d), "Services of Volunteers," amended Chapter IV of title I of Public Law 98-63 (33 U.S.C § 569c) to expand the definition of "incidental expenses" to include expenses relating to uniforms, transportation, lodging, and the subsistence of volunteers. In addition to the WRRDA amendments, other changes in policy were made to update the ER/EP. This memorandum supersedes and replaces the ER and EP 1130-2-500 Chapter 10. No other chapters of ER & EP 1130-2-500 are affected by this policy memorandum and all other chapters remain in effect. These policy changes to the Volunteer Program are effective immediately and will be incorporated in the referenced ER and EP when they are revised.

    • Volunteer Background Investigation Policy Update, dated March 2020
      • Webinar on Procedures Update - 19 March 2020 Guidance for Section 1047(d) Services of Volunteers, of the Water Resources and Development Act of 2013, Public Law 113-121" for volunteer background investigations. The guidance is provided to meet the most current security standards for processing background investigations and to provide consistency in procedures across all MSCs. These procedural updates are effective immediately and will be incorporated in the appropriate ER/EP when they are revised.

    • Volunteer Bonding Policy Letter, dated 07 September 2016

    Public Law Regulation

    • 33 USC 2339, WRDA 2000, Sec 213, Assistance Programs
      Authorizes the use of cooperative agreements to transfer funds to non-federal or nonprofit entities for services relating to natural resources conservation or recreation management both on and off Corps lands that involve programs fulfilling educational or training purposes.
    • Implementation Guidance Memo for WRRDA 2014 1047e, August 31, 2015
    • 33 USC 2328, WRDA 1992, Challenge Cost-Sharing Program for the Management of Recreational Facilities, Section 225, October 31, 1992

      Section 225 of this law authorized the Secretary of the Army to enter into cooperative agreements with non-Federal public and private entities to provide for operation and/or management and development of recreation facilities and natural resources at water resource development projects where such facilities are being maintained at full Federal expense.

      This also authorized the Secretary of the Army to accept contributions of funds, materials, and services from non-Federal public and private entities. If your cooperating association wants to contribute funds to the Corps, refer to the Contributions Program section of the Gateway.

    • WRRDA 2014, Sec 1031(b), Cooperative Agreements with Indian Tribes
      Authorizes the use of cooperative agreements to transfer funds to Indian Tribes or a designated representative of an Indian tribe to carry out authorized activities of the Corps of Engineers to protect fish, wildlife, water quality, and cultural resources.
    • Implementation Guidance Memo for WRRDA 2014 1031(b), August 3, 2016
    • 31 USC 1535, Economy Act

    • 41 USC 501, 95-224, Federal Grant and Cooperative Agreement Act of 1977
      This act set forth requirements to use cooperative agreements and grants to transfer funds to non-Federal entities, but did not provide authority by itself to enter into an agreement.

    • 7 USC 2814, Federal Noxious Weed Act- Management of Undesirable Plants on Federal Lands
      Authorizes Federal agencies to complete and implement cooperative agreements with State agencies regarding the management of undesirable plant species on Federal lands under the agency's jurisdiction.

    • 16 USC 661, Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act
      Authorizes the Department of Interior to provide assistance to and cooperate with Federal, State, and public or private agencies and organizations in the development, protection, rearing, and stocking of all species of wildlife and their habitat, in controlling losses from disease or other causes, in minimizing damages from overabundant species, in providing public shooting and fishing areas, including easements across public lands for access, and in carrying out other measures necessary. Also authorizes Interior to make surveys and investigations of wildlife of the public domain, including lands and waters controlled by any agency of the United States.

    • WRDA 2016, Section 1155, Management of Recreation Facilities
      Authorizes the use of challenge cost-sharing cooperative management agreements with non- Federal public entities to collect and retain user fees for the use of developed recreation sites and facilities, whether developed or constructed by that entity or the Department of the Army, and reinvest collected fees at the site at which the fees are collected. Section 1155 further authorized participating public entities to use any visitor reservation service that the Secretary of the Army has provided for by contract or interagency agreement

    • 16 USC 594, Protection of Timber Owned by the US from Fire, Disease, or Insect Ravage
      Authorizes the Department of Interior to protect and preserve timber owned by the United States upon public lands, national parks, national monuments, Indian reservation, or other lands under the jurisdiction of the DOI from fire, disease, beetles, or other insects. This can be done directly or in cooperation with other Federal Government departments, States, or other owners of timber.

    • 10 USC 2358, Research and Development Projects
      Authorized the Secretary of Defense or the Secretary of a military department to engage in basic research, applied research, advanced research, and development projects.

    • 33 USC 569c, Public Law 98-63, Chapter IV of Title, Services of Volunteers
      33 USC 569c, further amended by WRRDA 2014 authorized: The United States Army Chief of Engineers may accept the services of volunteers and provide for their incidental expenses, including expenses relating to uniforms, transportation, lodging, and the subsistence of those volunteers, to carry out any activity of the Army Corps of Engineers except policy-making or law or regulatory enforcement. Such volunteers shall not be employees of the United States Government except for the purposes of (1) chapter 171 of title 28, relating to tort claims, and (2) chapter 81 of title 5, relating to compensation for work injuries.

    • 31 USC 6301-08, Using Procurement Contracts and Grant and Cooperative Agreements
      Amended the FGCAA of 1977

    • 33 USC 2325, WRDA 1992, Sec 203, Voluntary Contributions for Environmental and Recreation Projects, October 31, 1992
      Voluntary Contributions for Environmental and Recreation Projects.
      (a) Acceptance.--In connection with carrying out a water resources project for environmental protection and restoration or a water resources project for recreation, the Secretary is authorized to accept contributions of cash, funds, materials, and services from persons, including governmental entities but excluding the project sponsor.

    Executive Orders

    • E.O. 13352, Facilitation of Cooperative Conservation

    Policy Memos

    Memos

    • 03/12/22 Register your event for Kids to Parks Day 2022
      Now that it’s spring, it’s time to start thinking about great ways to get kids into the outdoors and start preparing for Kids to Parks Day 2022 which will take place on May 21. This year marks the 12th annual Kids to Parks Day sponsored by our partners at the National Park Trust. Don’t worry if May 21st doesn’t work for your scheduled event– as a way to ensure everyone can participate in this nationwide initiative, National Park Trust is happy to include any event in May that invites kids and families to get outdoors.

      To register your event and be included on the interactive event map, visit: https://parktrust.org/kids-to-parks-day/kids-to-parks-day-event- registration/

      After you register your event(s), here are a few resources to help you prepare for the day:

    • Kids to Parks Day Event Host Guide - use this 7-step guide to promote and plan your event so your community has an awesome park experience.
    • Promotional photos for social, email, website and more
    • Media Outreach Calendar - use this planning document to supercharge your event promotion and stay on-track

      In 2019, National Park Trust brought over 1.1 million families outside to 1,500 events across the country and captured 36 million social media impressions with #KidstoParks. In 2022, we want to ensure that all families know about the great things happening in their local recreation areas and how they can recreate outside responsibly and safely.

      When your event is done - let us know how it went. At the end of May, we'll send out a request for your Kids to Parks Details (# of partners, # attendees, summary of what happened).

      Remember - If any 4th graders attend, they have the added incentive of earning their Every Kid Outdoors Pass: https://everykidoutdoors.gov/index .htm

      Tasha Alexander, CAP detailee in HQUSACE will be the program lead for this year's Kids to Parks Day events. If you have any questions regarding this program or you need any assistance registering your activity or event, please contact her at (434) 738-6143 X 6164 or email tasha.l.alexander@usace.army.mil Y

      ou may also contact Ivan Levin at the National Park Trust directly. 540-818- 5818, ivan@parktrust.org Thanks,
      Heather Burke

    • 02/07/22 Excellence in Partnerships Award Recipient
      The recipients are recognized for their outstanding dedication and enthusiasm for service at our projects, especially during a time of increased challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic and other events during the past year. These awards will be presented to each of the recipients later this year when conditions warrant.

      Excellence in Partnerships Award: The Berks Area Mountain Biking Association (BAMBA) at Blue Marsh Lake in the Philadelphia District has been selected as the award recipient for their exceptional contributions to the USACE natural resource management program. BAMBA has provided both direct funding and volunteer services to support creating new trails, rehabilitating existing trails, providing inclusive mountain biking experiences, building a developmental area for new riders, and fostering an overall greater connection within the trails community of Berks County, PA. BAMBA’s dedication to improving recreational development and sustainability has helped USACE and Blue Marsh Lake to meet the increasing demand on outdoor resources in response to a global pandemic.

      Jeff
      Jeffrey F. Krause
      Chief, Natural Resources Management

    Other Policy

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