The Office of Environmental Management supports, by means of grants and cooperative agreements, a number of institutionalized activities and relationships with various national intergovernmental organizations. These organizations include the Energy Communities Alliance (ECA), the Environmental Council of States (ECOS), the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG), the National Governors Association (NGA), and the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), and the state and tribal Governments Working Group (STGWG). The Department’s relationships with these intergovernmental groups take many forms, but the common thread of purpose that runs through all the activities is the need for EM to enjoy open, amicable and trusting relationships with its governmental colleagues at the state, local and tribal level in order to better carry out its mission.
Since 2003, all of the intergovernmental groups have met together annually in a single forum to enhance collaboration and cooperation. This combined Intergovernmental Meeting allows senior EM officials to meet and discuss important issues with all the affected state, local and tribal government officials. Additionally, in order to follow up from action items developed at the meeting, the groups convened a Combined Intergovernmental Working Group (CIWG). The CIWG consists of two members of each of the intergovernmental groups along with representatives from the Department. The CIWG hosts regular conference calls to circulate new ideas and information among the groups, as well as to plan the combined Intergovernmental meetings.