Below are five sample MOUs for emergency managers or community services to use as examples when drafting Memorandums of Understanding or Interagency Agreements. As background:
Memorandum of Understanding
A memorandum of understanding (MOU) is a legal document describing a bilateral agreement between parties. It expresses a convergence of will between the parties, indicating an intended common line of action, rather than a legal commitment. It is a more formal alternative to a gentlemen’s agreement, but generally lacks the bind power of a contract.
Memorandum of Agreement
A memorandum of agreement (MOA) or cooperative agreement is a document written between parties to cooperatively work together on an agreed upon project or meet an agreed upon objective. The purpose of an MOA is to have a written understanding of the agreement between parties. The MOA can also be a legal document that is binding and hold the parties responsible to their commitment or just a partnership agreement.
(These sample were provided by the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority, Springfield, MA.)