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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 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

    • 07/23/21 New National MOU with YMCA of the USA
      I’m pleased to announce a new national MOU between USACE and the YMCA of the USA (Y-USA). (see attached). This MOU will help us to seek opportunities to cooperate in programs to advance awareness of educational and recreational opportunities for youth that relate to outdoor based activities. The Y-USA is a non-profit organization that is committed to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. Examples of shared program missions include outdoor recreation, water safety education and STEM education. For more info: https://www.ymca.org/

      Both USACE and the Y-USA have worked successfully together on projects of mutual interest and value to the nation and want to expand that collaboration into a national partnership. This MOU establishes a mutual intent of the Parties to continue this partnership based on the following:

      Shared commitments to the welfare and safety of the public as it pertains to land and water-based recreation;

      • Shared commitments to encourage collaboration and increase interaction between affiliates of both parties at the National and local levels to augment public safety and recreational efforts;
      • Shared desire to provide a broad range of recreation opportunities and to exchange information, technology, and products that support public engagement in recreational activities and public safety including water safety.
      • Shared desire to promote stronger communities by partnering on programs, services, and initiatives focused on youth development, safe and healthy living, and social responsibility.
      • Shared desire to coordinate efforts to bridge the growing disconnect between young people and the great outdoors by creating meaningful connections to nature through four pillars: play, learn, serve, and work.
      • Shared desire to engage youth in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) activities that nurture their curiosity, inspire creativity, and teach them how to succeed.

      Please feel free to contact me, or your division Partnership Advisory Committee member if you have any questions: (NAD-Scott Sunderland; SAD- Francis Ferrell; MVD-Phil Manhart; LRD-Allison Walker; SWD-Jennifer Linde; SPD- Taylor Baughn; NWD- Heath Kruger; Emeritus: Tennille Hammonds)

      Thanks,
      Heather Burke
      US Army Corps of Engineers
      National Partnerships and Volunteer Program Manager

    • 02/02/21 Excellence in Partnerships Award Recipient
      I am happy to share the attached memos, signed by Thomas P. Smith, Chief of Operations, announcing the selection of the awardees for the 2020 Excellence in Partnership Award and the National Volunteer Award, co-sponsored by the Corps Foundation. The recipients are recognized for their outstanding dedication and enthusiasm for service at our projects. These efforts are even more impressive under the COVID-19 and other challenges we experienced throughout the year. These awards will be presented to each of the recipients later this year when conditions warrant. Excellence in Partnerships Award: The Sesser-Valier Outdoorsmen Club (SVOC), partners at Rend Lake in the St. Louis District have been selected as award recipients for their commitment to protecting natural resources and their dedication to ensuring recreational experiences for all individuals. The SVOC has made the Rend Lake Deer Hunt for Individuals with Disabilities a success for over 40 years, serving more than 1,100 disabled hunters. The SVOC’s love for the outdoors and commitment to service and helping others also includes organizing paralyzed veterans and youth fishing/shooting events, leading the annual Christmas tree drop, and hosting an annual banquet where they have engaged numerous committee partners to donate money, materials and supplies for their events.

      I want to extend my sincere appreciation for the incredible service that all of our partners and volunteers continue to provide USACE and this Nation each and every day! Jeff
      Jeffrey F. Krause
      Chief, Natural Resources Management

    • 01/29/21 New Master National Cooperative Agreement with Student Conservation Association
      I'm pleased to announce a new master national cooperative agreement that USACE has entered into with the Student Conservation Association (SCA), under the authority of Sec 213(a) of WRDA 2000. This authority allows USACE to enter into cooperative agreements with non-Federal public or nonprofit entities for services related to natural resource conservation or recreation management of Civil Works projects to further training and educational opportunities. The new agreement with SCA is set up for one year plus three option years and is effective 1 February 2021. The Fort Worth District will continue to administer the new agreement and process all work orders. Procedures to request SCA interns and crews will be available on the NRM Gateway: https://corpslakes.erdc.dren.mil/partners/national.cfm? Partner=sca. There are also sample work order documents, success stories, and the new agreement posted on this page. Now is a great time to recruit interns or work crews for the summer or fall seasons. A webinar will be provided on Wednesday, February 17 from 1:00 – 2:00 pm Eastern to explain the types of work that SCA interns and crews can do for USACE and the process to obtain interns/crews. I'd like to add my thanks to the team of people in Fort Worth District and the selection committee who worked diligently over the past year and a half to make this a reality and set up the new agreement with no break in service from the expiration of the prior master agreement. Your knowledge, expertise, and hard work are much appreciated! Our POCs in Fort Worth are Ms. Jennifer Linde at (817) 886-1578, Ms. Alice Austin at (817) 886-1267, and Ms. Sandy Justman at (817) 886-1073. Our HQUSACE point of contact for this initiative is Heather Burke, National Partnerships Program Manager at 503-808-4313. Jeff
      Jeffrey F. Krause
      Chief, Natural Resources Management

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