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The National Center for Interstate Compacts (NCIC)

NCIC is the nation’s only technical assistance provider on interstate compacts.

NCIC serves as an information clearinghouse, provider of training and primary facilitator in the consideration, creation and revision of interstate compacts.

Interstate Compacts are tools that:

Create a legally binding agreement among states

Similar to a contract, a compact establishes a formal, legal relationship among states to address common problems or promote a common agenda.

Promote cooperative action among states

Compacts can be leveraged for any issue where states have a need to coordinate. For example, existing compacts are used to reduce burdens for military families in transition, solve boundary disputes, manage shared natural resources and build resilience to natural disasters.

Provide a widely recognized and durable policy solution

Every state is a member of at least one compact. There are over 250 active compacts in the U.S., and on average states are members of about 25.