AUSTIN, Texas –
Texas Governor Greg Abbott hosted leaders from the Army, Air Force and Navy to sign an unprecedented Intergovernmental Support Agreement that will save the Department of Defense millions of dollars a year. A proclamation signing ceremony on January 25, 2023, celebrated the first and only statewide IGSA, and the only one involving three military services with a single public partner.
The Honorable Rachel Jacobson, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy, and Environment expressed the agreement’s additional significance before signing on behalf of the Army.
“This type of partnership strengthens our Army’s relationship with the State of Texas, and we look forward to seeing what other innovative partnerships come next,” Jacobson said.
J. Randall Robinson, Executive Deputy to the Commanding General for U.S. Army Installation Management Command at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, was on hand to witness the event.
“The latest achievement with the IMCOM IGSA program illustrates our commitment to fiscal responsibility and innovative support agreements throughout the command. This initiative alone will save the Army millions of dollars per year. We couldn’t have done it without a dedicated and collaborative team.”
Now, the Texas Department of Transportation will provide operation and maintenance support to Army, Air Force, and Navy bases in the state which should result in an overall estimated cost savings of 25% for the DoD. The Army leads in the commitment with a ten-year contract for Forts Hood and Bliss.
This unique IGSA illustrates the value of transformative partnerships between military and state communities. The partners engaged in creative problem-solving, extensive communication, coordination, collaboration, and change. An IGSA of this magnitude was not possible until the Texas Military Preparedness Commission worked with state legislators to pass H.B. 3399. This bill amended the Texas transportation code by granting authority for to provide road services on federal military property.
The Governor’s Office, Texas Military Preparedness Commission, Army Deputy Chief of Staff G-9 Installations, and more staff joined forces to bring the day to fruition. Rich Morris, also from IMCOM, worked extensively on details to reach this point.
“The overall success of the IGSA program has only been possible because of leadership engagement at all echelons.”
Morris and the rest of the Army IGSA team will continue to build on the 122 approved IGSAs in the portfolio, including agreements in environmental services, community partnerships, and areas that improve the quality of life for members of Army communities.