ICMA seeks to continue strong 
intergovernmental relations

Source: Ed Brock, American City and County, December 16, 2009

Some local and state government officials say that cooperation between them and federal government agencies is better than it has been in a long time, however, the Washington-based International City/County Management Association (ICMA) sees plenty of room for improvement. It has released a whitepaper that calls for a new kind of partnership between the state and local levels and the federal government.

In “Restoring the Intergovernmental Partnership: What Needs to Change,” ICMA calls for a new intergovernmental structure that would be similar to the Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations (ACIR) that was disbanded in 1996 after 37 years of operation. “Rather than a reactive situation where we’re jumping into something after it gets going, we’d like to work closely with our partners in the federal government in a more thoughtful way so that we can work with them on the policy questions and problems over time,” ICMA Deputy Executive Director Elizabeth Kellar says.

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