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Environmental Loans (EL) Force Account

"Force Account Work" means the work a municipality performs using its own employees or equipment for project planning, design, construction, construction-related activities, inspections, repairs or improvements to a treatment works or structural urban BMP, a water system, a site or facility.

Requesting reimbursement

Environmental Loans recipients may request reimbursement for project related force account work.

An EIF project manager must review and approve proposed force account work prior to preparing the financial assistance agreement.

The department may approve financial assistance for force account work if the applicant submits an executed Environmental Improvement Funds (EIF) Force Account Certification (Form 8700-245).

If the department approves force account work, the municipality is required to have a financial management system that provides accountability and control for all financial transactions associated with the municipality's EIF project (see Financial Management).

Eligible costs

In general, costs eligible for force account consideration include costs for work that is typically contracted out but can be more economically performed by qualified municipal staff. For example, application preparation, planning, design, landscaping and inspection costs may be included as force account if performed by municipal staff.

Ineligible costs

Costs that are ineligible for force account consideration are ordinary operating expenses of local government such as salaries and expenses of elected officials and on-staff municipal attorneys, or an annual financial audit.


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Last revised: Thursday June 29 2017