Interagency coordination is a process in which two or more agencies work to solve a problem or meet a need. These types of partnerships can be formed among all levels of public and private sector agencies.
Agencies may include:
Agencies that coordinate with each other have seen the following benefits:
decision making capacity
The practice more effectively addresses community needs that could not be met by any single agency acting alone.
At its most basic level, coordination simply involves familiarity with the staff and programs of other agencies and information sharing. An example is joint councils. Taken a step further, agencies can develop formal exchanges of information, resources, and staff. The highest level involves joint budgets and agreements.
Reasons for Coordination
Interagency coordination is required by laws such as:
the Federal Government's Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA)
It is also a useful practice. More than ever, public agencies and city planning agencies depend on each other to plan and fund transportation systems. This ensures consistent plans, programs, and projects between Pierce County and other agencies.