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About Interagency Support

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), through the Interagency and International Services (IIS) program, provides a multitude of professional services and technical products to non-Department of Defense federal agencies, state and local governments, tribal nations, private U.S. firms, international organizations, and foreign governments. USACE support can help meet your agency’s program challenges while avoiding duplication of federal capabilities. Under the IIS program, non-Department of Defense agencies are able to access unique support capabilities including regional and national experts from USACE laboratories and technical centers of expertise.

Using ISO 9000 (International Organization for Standardization) certified Project Management Business Processes, we operate as a Regional Business Center where expertise and experience is shared to serve our customers. 

The Great Lakes and Ohio River Division (LRD) includes seven districts located in Buffalo, Chicago, Detroit, Huntington, Louisville, Nashville, and Pittsburgh, serves more than 58 million people, and covers 355,300 square miles over 17 states. 

Although the districts operate within their area of responsibility, each district has the ability to reach out to other LRD and USACE districts, centers of expertise and research laboratories to meet your mission needs. 

What we do

We have a number of technical and process capabilities available to our federal, state, and local partners. We are committed to working with you to fully understand your needs and in turn, propose the appropriate professional service and technical product to meet your project objectives and requirements. Below is a list of just a few of the services available to meet those needs.  

    • Design and Construction
    • Disaster Recovery
    • Engineering and other Scientific Disciplines
    • Environmental Services/Hazardous and Toxic Waste Remediation
    • Operations and Maintenance
    • Planning
    • Procurement and Contracting
    • Program and Project Management
    • Real Estate
    • Research and Development & Technology Transfer
    • Water Resources

LRD utilizes the talents of in-house staff as well as the private sector to accomplish tasks for other agencies. We have the flexibility to assemble the best possible teams to serve the public interest and specific requirements of our IIS partners. The assistance provided can vary from highly specific technical advice, to detailed planning and design documents, to complete program management services.  

In order to provide the best possible services for your agency, LRD has a wide range of in-house registered professionals – Project Management Professionals, Licensed Professional Engineers, Certified Energy Managers, Certified Wildlife Biologists, Value Engineers, and many more. We also have the ability to access our technical centers of expertise, research laboratories and other divisions nationwide for additional capabilities. Select "Edit Content" from the Edit (Pencil Icon) Action Menu.

What we bring

USACE supports federal, state, and local partners by complementing their capabilities in the delivery of quality products and services. USACE may even be considered an extension of the staff, often addressing issues that may arise with inherently governmental functions associated with contract acquisitions and/or contractor oversight.

In addition, USACE has the following unique competencies to aid in the delivery of your mission:

    • Provide life cycle project management and related services with a full range of in-house multi-disciplinary capabilities
    • Leverage the resources of multiple partners to provide regionally coordinated solutions to challenges
    • Respond quickly to wide ranging needs throughout the world with flexible staffing, diverse technical capabilities and contracting tools
    • Assemble expandablemultidisciplinary technical teams by leveraging assets and capabilities of other agencies
    • A proven track record of engineering excellence and recognized centers of expertise

IIS Project Examples

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Border Patrol Station, Sandusky, Ohio

Customs and Border Protection Station
Sandusky Bay, Ohio

USACE Federal Partner:  U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)

Project Background:  The CBP Station in Sandusky Bay, Ohio is a new, 60,000 square foot, joint operations facility housing a total capacity of up to 95 U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents and officers. The new facility improves communication between CBP’s three branches: Office of Border Patrol, Office of Air & Marine, and Office of Field Operations. The three branches each possess unique skill sets while sharing the mission to prevent terrorism, narcotics trafficking, and illegal immigration. The building also serves as a central location for federal, state, and local law enforcement collaborations. The station was designed and constructed to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver requirements.

USACE Involvement:  From 2010 through 2012, USACE Buffalo District provided overall project management and execution support, to include real estate procurement, environmental assessment completion, and design and construction management for the CBP Sandusky Station. USACE’s fast-track contract award and project execution assisted CBP in meeting critical funding obligations and delivered a quality facility ready for owner occupancy within one year from the beginning of construction.

"I have no doubt that this facility will be a template for others to emulate."
John Beutlich, Director of the Northern Region, Customs and Border Protection, Office of Air and Marine

"This idea of jointness has morphed from a best practice to a necessity. In a time of fiscal constraint and austerity, this is the way to go."
Randy Gallegos, Chief of Border Patrol Detroit Sector


Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center Parking Ramp

Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center Parking Facility
Indianapolis, Indiana

USACE Federal Partner:  U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

Project Background:  Finding a parking spot near the VA Medical Center in the heart of downtown Indianapolis, Indiana is now much easier for patients and staff due to a newly completed three-story parking garage. The $9.8 million design-build project consisted of 6,600 cubic yards of concrete, 380 tons of steel and 58 tons of tension cables that would stretch for 110 miles if laid end-to-end. The parking garage was built with the capability to expand to up to six stories. In addition to eliminating parking hassles for those utilizing the Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center, the garage was built to meet VA specific needs, including an ADA accessible elevator and ramps for easy wheelchair access for patients.

USACE Involvement:  Beginning in 2013 and completed just 14 months later in May of 2014, USACE Louisville District provided design and construction management support for the Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center parking garage. USACE issued and managed a $9.66M construction contract to Northview Enterprises, Inc out of Louisville, Kentucky, which is a Military Service Disabled Veteran owned company. The work was completed on time, on budget and with low USACE supervision and administration costs.


Flight 93 National Memorial
Somerset County, Pennsylvania

USACE Federal Partner:  U.S. National Park Service (NPS)

Project Background:  A year after the horrific events of September 11, 2001, the President of the United States signed the Flight 93 National Memorial Act. The Act called for the construction of a permanent memorial to honor the passengers and crew of United Airlines Flight 93, whose incredible acts of bravery saved countless lives at the cost of their own. A design for the memorial was selected from over 1,000 submittals from around the world. The first construction phase of the Memorial, which includes a Memorial Plaza, Wall of Names, and Entrance Road, was dedicated on September 10, 2011, just before the 10th anniversary of September 11th.

USACE Involvement:  The NPS enlisted the help of USACE Pittsburgh District to inspect the work of the construction contractor for progress, workmanship and conformance with the contract documents and existing codes for building of the Flight 93 Memorial. USACE coordinated with NPS representatives, the general public, and other interested entities as necessary regarding the project’s status, needs, and accomplishments.


Ott-Story Groundwater Treatment Facility, Muskegon, MI

Ott-Story Groundwater Treatment Facility
Muskegon, Michigan

USACE Federal Partner:  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA)

Project Background:  The Ott-Story Groundwater Treatment Facility (GTF) was constructed at a USEPA National Priorities List (NPL) Superfund site in Muskegon, Michigan. Eleven extraction wells pump approximately 800 gallons-per-minute of contaminated water to the plant for treatment and subsequent discharge to the Muskegon River. The GTF treats approximately one million gallons of contaminated water per day. In addition, there are over 100 monitoring wells throughout the site to monitor the cleanup.

USACE Involvement:  In 1993, USEPA partnered with USACE Detroit District to administer and manage the construction of the GTF, including the extraction and monitoring well installation. Over the course of fourteen years, USACE administered multiple operation and maintenance contracts for the GTF. More recently, USEPA and USACE partnered for completion of site characterization and plume verification efforts for the Ott-Story Superfund site.

“From the time of remedy design and initial contact with residents for property access agreements, all the way through design, construction, start-up and operation, partnering principles were established as an underlying thread running through all phases of this project.  USACE utilized partnering from "cradle to grave"' and for approximately 20 years, there have been virtually no disputes from any internal or external party.”
John Fagiolo, Remedial Project Manager, USEPA Region 5


Outboard Marine Corp. Superfund Dredging, Waukegan Harbor, IL

Outboard Marine Corporation Superfund Dredging
Waukegan Harbor, Illinois

USACE Federal Partner:  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA)

Project Background:  In 2009, USEPA determined additional dredging was needed at the Outboard Marine Corporation (OMC) Superfund site to clean up PCB-contaminated sediment remaining from the former outboard-boat-motor manufacturing plant. Over 183,000 cubic yards of contaminated harbor sediment needed to be hydraulically dredged while maintaining best management practices to reduce sediment re-suspension and maintain marine traffic.

USACE Involvement:  USEPA partnered with USACE Chicago District to oversee the dredging and associated water treatment and sediment dewatering operations. USACE also provided support for the dredge slurry pipeline, sediment containment berms and sediment dewatering and water treatment systems. USACE’s experience in dredging of contaminated sediments helped provide oversight and technical expertise to minimize re-suspension of sediment and containment of contaminated sediment.


Tennessee Valley Authority / U.S. Coast Guard Dredging Chattanooga, TN

Tennessee Valley Authority/U.S. Coast Guard Dredging
Chattanooga, Tennessee

USACE Federal Partners:  U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) and Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA)

Project Background:  The U.S. Coast Guard determined dredging was needed within the USCG Cutter Quachita harbor limits and also within the fleeting operations area for the TVA harbor located along the Tennessee River on Chickamauga Lake. Water depths within the USCG-TVA harbor limits had become too shallow to operate under normal conditions. The Chickamauga Lake normally draws the pool level down between December and March, which creates issues with ingress/egress from the harbor for USCG and TVA vessels.

USACE Involvement:  In 2014, USCG and TVA requested USACE Nashville District support to obtain necessary environmental permits and completion of approximately 5,000 cubic yards of dredging near their adjacent docks in Chickamauga Lake. USACE provided the knowledge and expertise to manage the environmental coordination, obtain the necessary permitting, and award and manage the dredging and disposal contract.

“The USACE overcame a multitude of obstacles to not only meet but also exceed the needs and expectations of both TVA and the USCG in planning and executing the dredging project above Chickamauga Dam.”
Nikki Berger, Navigation Program Supervisor, Tennessee Valley Authority

"Partnering with the Corps of Engineers has successfully saved the Coast Guard time and resources. Their expertise in dredging will allow Coast Guard vessels to safely navigate in and around our stations without interruptions to operation."
Enrique San, U.S. Coast Guard


Savannah River Site Cost Engineering, Aiken, SC

Savannah River Site Cost Engineering
Aiken, South Carolina

USACE Federal Partner:  U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

Project Background:  The DOE Salt Waste Processing Facility (SWPF) is a nuclear waste treatment facility for the DOE Nuclear Reservation, Savannah River Site (SRS). SRS presently contains legacy nuclear waste from the production of nuclear materials between 1951 and 2002. Upon completion, SWPF will be the cornerstone of the SRS salt processing strategy.

USACE Involvement:  Early in 2012 after the DOE contractor submitted a baseline change request, DOE requested support from the USACE Huntington District to complete a cost-to-complete independent baseline estimate (ICE) for the remaining project (construction & commissioning). Additionally, the DOE SRS project team requested USACE produce a government estimate (IGCE) for the related contract modification sure to follow. The partnership ensued and USACE provided a variety of cost engineering products and services to include: ICE updates, IGCE revisions, negotiation support, cost and technical analyses, sensitivity and alternatives analyses, and business case scenarios. 

In April 2014, USACE Huntington District Cost Engineer, Dean Hammonds, was a recipient of the DOE Secretarial Honor Award for being part of the team that successfully renegotiated the completion of construction of the facility. This renegotiation resulted in a savings of $235M and schedule acceleration of 2.5 years.


Great Lakes Flood Hazard Mapping - Methodology Study, Great Lakes Basin

Great Lakes Flood Hazard Mapping - Methodology Study
Great Lakes Basin

USACE Federal Partner:  Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Project Background:  FEMA and USACE have a long tradition of working together to support state and local government in floodplain management and flood hazard mitigation. Both agencies work under federal authorities to administer programs designed to protect the citizens of the United States from natural hazards while working to maintain and enhance natural resources that are held in the public’s trust. USACE, having responsibility for managing the Great Lakes watershed, is a critical partner with FEMA Region V in collection and dissemination of floodplain management and flood mitigation data in all of the states that border the Great Lakes.

USACE Involvement:  Beginning in 2009, USACE Detroit District entered into an interagency agreement with FEMA Region V to collect data, study the current Great Lakes Flood Hazard Mapping methodology and determine any potential areas that could be changed to improve the methodology. The agreement provided a framework for delivering services related to the authorities of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).