Id. to 243. A detailed list of governance and operational issues to be addressed can be found in the provisions relating to an intergovernmental agency at the Council of State Governments, Pact Governance, above 45. In addition to the rules contained in the Covenant itself, the Covenant may also order the intergovernmental agency created under it to adopt statutes in order to provide for additional rules.  The treaties between states that, after the independence of the United States in 1776, were ratified by the United States in 1789, are treated as interstate pacts. These include agreements such as the Beaufort Treaty, which established the georgia-South Carolina border in 1787 and is still in force. According to the Council of Governments, intergovernmental pacts are adopted by states to ensure a cooperative approach between states on specific political issues. Political issues may include promoting common agendas such as environmental policy (for example. B the Blue River Pact), the creation of authorities with several states to solve issues such as transportation (for example. B Railroad Passenger Transportation Compact), the definition of common rules and rules (. B, for example, the “Driver Lic Compact” and the resolution of intergovernmental disputes).  As a treaty, an intergovernmental pact primarily concerns the rights and obligations of states that have chosen to become contracting parties and their respective citizens, since the pact is promulgated by their respective legislators. However, some compacts go so far as to target the effect (if any) of this pact on states that are not contracting parties.
A pact may contain provisions that stipulate that the pact does not affect other agreements that the parties may enter into with non-partisan states.  Alternatively, a pact can define how non-compressant states can participate in pact-related activities.  For example, the Interstate Pest Control Compact (which is no longer in force) provided that the pact`s board of directors or its executive committee could not spend funds from an insurance fund created by the pact in a non-condensed state, unless it was justified by the conditions in that state and the benefits to the contracting states of the Covenant. , and that it cannot impose conditions for such expenditures.  The typical powers and duties conferred on intergovernmental commissions may include the Constitution setting neither the date nor the form of congressional approval of intergovernmental pacts.