“I’m proud to sign the largest S-IGSA between a state and the U.S. military,” Abbott said. “By entering this partnership between the State of Texas and the U.S. military, we are ensuring infrastructure projects at our bases are built faster and more efficiently to support growth and development in these important communities. Texas will always support the brave men and women who serve in our military, and together we will continue to help these heroes serve and protect the greatest nation in the history of the world."
The Governor was joined at the signing ceremony by Assistant Secretary to the United States Army Installation, Energy and Environment Rachel Jacobson; Deputy Assistant Secretary of the United States Air Force for Installations Robert Moriarty; Navy Region Southeast Chief of Staff Captain Gregory Smith; Senator Cesar Blanco; Representative Lina Ortega; Representative Ray Lopez; TxDOT Chairman Bruce Bugg; and TxDOT Executive Director Marc Williams.
“Thank you to everyone here for all your hard work, dedication, and vision that went into developing the S-IGSA in the Department of Defense,” Jacobson said. “This 10-year S-IGSA is the type of partnership that strengthens our Army’s relationship with the State of Texas, and we look forward to seeing what other innovative partnerships come next.”
"The U.S. Navy has three installations that are privileged to call Texas home," Smith said. "The Navy is proud to partner with the State of Texas in the first S-IGSA, saving us up to $36 million over the next 10 years just in road maintenance alone."
"The U.S. Air Force has a tremendous presence in Texas, and we're proud to participate in the S-IGSA," Moriarty said. "This agreement allows the U.S. Air Force to leverage opportunities with TxDOT to do maintenance on our roads and reduce the burden of the men and women who work in our military installations. This is just another strong indication of support for our military from the State of Texas."
In May 2021, Governor Abbott signed House Bill 3399 allowing TxDOT to provide road services on federal military property. Following this authorization, the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) began discussions about implementing a S-IGSA with the State of Texas.
This S-IGSA is anticipated to decrease project lead time, reduce civilian staff burden, and result in an estimated cost savings of 25 percent to all participating military installations. This agreement will be DOD's largest S-IGSA involving the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, and U.S. Air Force with a single public partner.