Legal & Administrative Resources

A drawing of a gold legal scale.The Forest Service and other federal agencies are authorized to work in partnership and collaboration under a variety of laws and directives. As a result, these agencies work regularly with partners including Tribes, states, federal agencies, nonprofits, businesses, and communities.

Resources on this page will help you understand various laws relevant to partnerships and collaboration, while highlighting exciting paths for engagment and participation.   

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2012 US Government Accountability Office report

Managing for Results:  Key Considerations for Implementing Interagency Collaborative Mechanisms

On September 27, 2012, the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a new report on interagency collaboration. The report identifies and discusses key implementation issues, including:

  • Outcomes and accountability;
  • Leadership;
  • Bridging organizational cultures;
  • Clarification of roles and responsibilities;
  • Participation;
  • Resources; and
  • Written guidance and agreements.