Partnerships - Policy & Procedures
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- EP 1130-2-429
Volunteer Coordinator's Handbook
- 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."
- ER 1130-2-500, dated 27 December 1996 revised 1 June 2006
Project Operations - Partners and Support (Work Management Guidance and 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 15 August 2011
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
- ER 1140-3-1, dated 15 May 1992
Support to Defense Departments and Agencies
This regulation provides policy and guidance for USACE elements and commands performing
reimbursable work for defense departments and agencies.
- ER 405-1-12, dated 20 November 1985 revised 15 May 2000
Real Estate Handbook
This regulation establishes policy for the management and operation of real estate
responsibilities on Military and Civil Works Projects.
- ER 700-1-1, dated 2 October 2000
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.
- 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 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 Bonding Policy Letter, dated 07 September 2016
Public Laws (P.L.)
- 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.
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
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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
to accept contributions of cash, funds, materials, and services from persons, including
governmental entities but excluding the project sponsor.
- E.O. 13352, Facilitation of Cooperative Conservation
- 03/08/18 2018 Legends & Beacons Award Nominations - Suspense: 16 April 2018
Please use this excellent opportunity to recognize our top leaders in recreation management, and the innovative use of technology to enhance visitor services.
1. The American Recreation Coalition wishes to honor an outstanding U.S. Army Corps of Engineers employee with the American Recreation Coalition (ARC) Legends Award. This award is presented annually to recognize an outstanding individual for his/her significant contributions to the enhancement of outdoor recreation resources, facilities and experiences on the nation's public lands.
2. The ARC also wishes to recognize the innovative use of technology to enhance visitor services and improve the management of recreation programs with the ARC Beacon Award. Each recreation-related federal agency is asked to nominate outstanding initiatives where technologies have provided improved, cost-effective solutions for recreation programs.
3. A special panel from the ARC will make the final selection of the Legends and Beacon Awards. Award winners will be recognized at a special ceremony in Washington, D.C. during the Partners Outdoors Conference (30 and 31 May, 2018). Salary, travel and per diem costs to attend the ceremony and conference are the responsibility of the home project or district. Conference approvals for attendees must be coordinated through the awardee's District and Division Commanders in accordance with USACE Conference Policy dated 22 December 2016.
4. Nominations will be evaluated based on the attached selection criteria (Enclosures 1 and 3). Please submit nominations through your Division office (one nomination per Major Subordinate Command may be forwarded to HQUSACE for each award) not later than 16 April 2018. The Legends Award nomination package should describe the significant personal contributions the nominee has made enabling others to enjoy quality recreational experiences in our great outdoors, and the Beacon Award nomination should describe the innovative use of technology in visitor services and/or recreation management. 5. Major Subordinate Commands should forward their nominations along with supporting documentation as described in Enclosures 2 and 4, to Ms. Heather Burke, National Senior Policy Advisor for Partnerships. She is my point of contact and may be reached at (503) 808-4313.
6. Nomination packages of past winners are posted on the Natural Resources Management Gateway https://corpslakes.erdc.dren.mil/partners/award-arc.cfm and provide good examples of the quality of work and achievements recognized since the development of this award program.
Acting Chief, Natural Resources Management Branch
- 03/05/18 Awardees for the 2017 Excellence in Partnership Award and the National Volunteer Award
The attached memos announce the selection of the awardees for the 2017 Excellence in
Partnership Award and the National Volunteer Award. The National Excellence in Partnerships
and National Volunteer awards are co-sponsored by the Corps Foundation. They will be
presented to each of the recipients in late spring or early summer of 2018.
Excellence in Partnerships Award: The
Friends of Recreation and Environmental Stewardship (FOREST) Council, Mark Twain Lake
(MVS), has been selected as the USACE recipient of the 2017 National Excellence in
Partnerships Award for their efforts in supporting the environmental stewardship and
recreation missions at Mark Twain Lake. The FOREST Council has developed facilities that are
a desired educational resource for regional schools, youth groups and wildlife management
organizations further enhancing the partnerships at Mark Twain Lake. The Council has assisted
in the development of the Northeast Missouri Environmental Stewardship Demonstration
Area, the Joanna Trail restrooms, the Frank Russell Pond Pavilion, the Frank Russell Equestrian
and Outdoor Adventure Campground, the Frank Russell Pond Barrier Free Access and Fishing
Facilities, and the Mark Twain Archery Park.
National Volunteer Award: Will and Judy Carter (MVR) have been selected
as USACE recipients of the 2017 National Volunteer Award for 12 years of dedication to the
natural resource program at Saylorville Lake. Together, they have donated over 9,250 hours of
volunteer service. Mr. and Mrs. Carter's efforts in prairie and pollinator habitat enhancement,
tree planting, and public education have been instrumental to the enhancement of habitats,
improving the visitor experience, and strengthening public outreach at Saylorville Lake.
Thanks for the incredible things our partners and volunteers continue to do for this Nation
each and every day!
Scott Strotman Acting Chief,
Natural Resources Management Branch
- NWD Commander's Policy #22-15, Processing Economy Act Orders within NWD, February 2016
- Interagency and International Service Model Agreements Sharepoint Site
- Economy Act Order Flow Chart
- DOD Instruction 4000.19, Support Agreements
- DOD Financial Management Regulation 7000.14-R
- CECC-G Bulletin No. 02-16, Acceptance of Non-Federal Funds for Work at Recreation Facilities
- CECC-G Bulletin No. 02-12, Challenge Partnership Program
- CECC-G Bulletin 14-01, Revised Department of Defense Instruction (DODI) 4000.19 for "Support Agreements" memo
- Delegation Memos
- WRRDA 2014, Sec 1031(b)
Delegation memo from ASA(CW) to DCG, Jun 09, 2016
- 33 USC 2339,
WRDA 2000, Sec 213 Delegation of authority memo from Secretary of Army to ASA(CW),
Aug 11, 2014
- 33 USC 2339, WRDA 2000, Sec 213 Delegation memo from ASA(CW) to
DCG, Sep 25, 2014
- 33 USC 2339, WRDA 2000, Sec 213 Delegation memo from DCG to
MSC Commanders, Feb 4, 2015
- 33 USC
2339, WRDA 2000, Sec 213 Delegation memo from LRD Commander to LRB, LRC, LRE,
LRH, LRL, LRN, LRP Commanders - March 10, 2015
- 33 USC
2339, WRDA 2000, Sec 213 Delegation memo from MVD Commander to MVP, MVR,
MVS, MVN, MVK, MVM Commanders, Mar 25, 2015
- 33 USC
2339, WRDA 2000, Sec 213 Delegation memo from NAD Commander to NAB, NAP, NAE,
NAN, NAO Commanders, Mar 11, 2015
- 33 USC
2000, Sec 213 Delegation memo from NWD Commander to NWK, NWO, NWP, NWS, NWW
Commanders, Mar 26, 2015
- 33 USC
2339, WRDA 2000, Sec 213 Delegation memo from SAD Commander to SAC, SAJ, SAM,
SAS, SAW Commanders - Apr 03, 2015
- 33 USC 2339, WRDA 2000, Sec 213 Delegation memo from
SWD Commander to SWF, SWG, SWL, and SWT Commanders, Mar 10, 2015
- 33 USC 2339, WRDA
2000, Sec 213 Delegation memo from POD Commander to POH and POA Commanders,
Jun 9, 2015
- 33 USC 2339, WRDA 2000,
Sec 213 Delegation memo from SPD Commander to SPA, SPK, SPL, and SPN
Commanders, June 12, 2015
Challenge Partnerships Program
Memoranda of Understanding/Agreement (MOU/MOA)
Handshake Partnerships Program
Economy Act Agreements
Cooperating Associations Program
Partnership Agreement Decision Tree
Policy & Procedures
Partnerships in OMBIL
Grants/Alternative Funding Sources
News / Current Issues
Partnership Advisory Committee
Good Enough to Share
Division & District POCs
Corps Photo Album for Partnerships
Health/Medical Community Partnerships
Water Safety Partnerships
Special Events with Partners
Partnership Success Stories
Partnering with the Corps video
Partnership Outreach Sheet
Partnership/Volunteer Program Newsletter
Corps Lakes Gateway Partnerships Webpage