Writing Guide for a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)

This tool from the US Department of Homeland Security provides step-by-step guidance for writing an MOU.  It is laid out in template form with suggested headings for each section.  


Each section poses questions to consider to help guide you when writing content for it. Sample paragraphs are included for your reference; however, it is important to note that the sample paragraphs are geared for illustration purposes toward a specific MOU example. 


  • Section 1: Introduction
  • Section 2: Purpose
  • Section 3: Scope
  • Section 4: Definitions
  • Section 5: Policy
  • Section 6: User Procedure requirements
  • Section 7: Maintenance
  • Section 8: Oversight
  • Section 9: Responsibility for SOP compliance
  • Section 10: Updates to the MOU


The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) , (n.d.).Writing guide for a memorandum of understanding (MOU). Retrieved from website: https://transition.fcc.gov/pshs/docs/clearinghouse/DHS-MemorandumOfUnderstanding.pdf

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