Iowa

Iowa Code

Title I. State Sovereignty and Management

Subtitle 10. Joint Governmental Activity

Chapter 28E. Joint Exercise of Governmental Powers

IOWA CODE ANN. §28E.2. Definitions

For the purposes of this chapter:

  1. “Private agency” shall mean an individual and any form of business organization authorized under the laws of this or any other state.
  2. “Public agency” shall mean any political subdivision of this state; any agency of the state government or of the United States; and any political subdivision of another state.
  3. “State” shall mean a state of the United States and the District of Columbia.

IOWA CODE ANN. §28E.3. Joint exercise of powers

Any power or powers, privileges or authority exercised or capable of exercise by a public agency of this state may be exercised and enjoyed jointly with any other public agency of this state having such power or powers, privilege or authority, and jointly with any public agency of any other state or of the United States to the extent that laws of such other state or of the United States permit such joint exercise or enjoyment. Any agency of the state government when acting jointly with any public agency may exercise and enjoy all of the powers, privileges and authority conferred by this chapter upon a public agency.

IOWA CODE ANN. §28E.4 Agreement with other agencies.

Any public agency of this state may enter into an agreement with one or more public or private agencies for joint or cooperative action pursuant to the provisions of this chapter, including the creation of a separate entity to carry out the purpose of the agreement. Appropriate action by ordinance, resolution or otherwise pursuant to law of the governing bodies involved shall be necessary before any such agreement may enter into force.

IOWA CODE ANN. §28E.8 Filing with secretary of state.

  1. a. Before entry into force, an agreement made pursuant to this chapter shall be filed, in an electronic format, with the secretary of state in a manner specified by the secretary of state.
  2. Any amendment, modification, or notice of termination of an agreement made pursuant to this chapter shall be filed, in an electronic format, with the secretary of state within thirty days of the effective date of the amendment, modification, or termination, in a manner specified by the secretary of state.
  3. a. In addition to subsection 1, each entity subject to section 28E.5 shall submit, in an electronic format, an initial report to the secretary of state as prescribed by the secretary of state. The report shall include, as applicable, the name of the entity created, the board members of the joint board created, whether the entity is exempt from the publication requirements of section 28E.6, subsection 3, a valid electronic mail address, and any additional information the secretary of state deems appropriate.
  4. Following submission of an initial report pursuant to paragraph “a”, each entity subject to section 28E.5 shall submit, in an electronic format, a biennial report to the secretary of state in a manner prescribed by the secretary of state by April 1 of every odd-numbered year beginning in calendar year 2009.

IOWA CODE ANN. §28E.9 Status of interstate agreement.

If an agreement entered into pursuant to this chapter is between or among one or more public agencies of this state and one or more public agencies of another state or of the United States said agreement shall have the status of an interstate compact. Such agreements shall, before entry into force, be approved by the attorney general who shall determine whether the agreement is in proper form and compatible with the laws of this state.

In any case or controversy involving performance or interpretation thereof or liability thereunder, the public agencies party thereto shall be real parties in interest, and the state may maintain an action to recoup or otherwise make itself whole for any damages or liability which it may incur by reason of being joined as a party therein. Such action shall be maintainable against any public agency or agencies whose default, failure of performance, or other conduct caused or contributed to the incurring of damage or liability by the state.

IOWA CODE ANN. §28E.12 Contract with other agencies.

Any one or more public agencies may contract with any one or more other public agencies to perform any governmental service, activity, or undertaking which any of the public agencies entering into the contract is authorized by law to perform, provided that such contract shall be authorized by the governing body of each party to the contract. Such contract shall set forth fully the purposes, powers, rights, objectives, and responsibilities of the contracting parties.

Iowa Administrative Code

Administrative Services Department

Chapter 117. Procurement of Goods and Services of General Use

IOWA ADMIN. CODE R. 11—117.2 (8A) Definitions.

“Agency” or “state agency” means a unit of state government, which is an authority, board, commission, committee, council, department, examining board, or independent agency as defined in Iowa Code section 7E.4, including but not limited to each principal central department enumerated in Iowa Code section 7E.5. However, “agency” or “state agency” does not mean any of the following:

  1. The office of the governor or the office of an elective constitutional or statutory officer.
  2. The general assembly, or any office or unit under its administrative authority.
  3. The judicial branch, as provided in Iowa Code section 602.1102.
  4. A political subdivision of the state or its offices or units, including but not limited to a county,

city, or community college.

“Governmental entity” means any unit of government in the executive, legislative, or judicial branch of government; an agency or political subdivision; any unit of another state government, including its political subdivisions; any unit of the United States government; or any association or other organization whose membership consists primarily of one or more of any of the foregoing.

IOWA ADMIN. CODE R. 11—117.5 (8A) Exemptions from competitive procurement.

The director or designee may exempt goods and services of general use from competitive procurement processes when the procurement meets one of the following conditions. All procurements that are exempt from competitive processes shall be recorded as such, and appropriate justification shall be maintained by the agency initiating the action. Each of the following exemptions from competitive procurement procedures require additional review and approvals.

117.5(4) Procurement based on competition managed by other governmental entities.

  1. Justification for procurement based on competition managed by other governmental entities. The department may utilize a current contract, agreement, or purchase order issued by a governmental entity to establish an enterprise master agreement or make a purchase without further competition. The department may join a contract or agreement let by a purchasing consortium when the department reasonably believes it is in the best interest of the enterprise and reasonably believes the contract, agreement, or order was awarded in a fair and competitive manner.
  2. Special procedures for procurement based on competition managed by other governmental entities. The department shall notify the other governmental entity and the requesting agency of its intent to use a contract, agreement, or purchase order prior to procuring the good or service in this manner. The department may purchase goods or services from contracts let by other governmental entities provided that the vendor is in agreement and the terms and conditions of the purchase do not adversely impact the governmental entity which was the original signatory to the contract.

IOWA ADMIN. CODE R. 11—118.4(8A) Intergovernmental agreements.

In the event another governmental entity has resources available to supply a service sought by a state agency, the state agency may enter into an intergovernmental agreement with the other governmental entity and is not required to use competitive selection.