2013 NDAA addresses interagency issues

On January 2, 2013, President Barack Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2013 into law. The Act authorizes appropriations for Department of Defense (DoD) activities for fiscal year 2013. The Act also addresses specific interagency issues involving DoD programs and missions, as well as personnel issues.

The NDAA repeals a redundant authority to ensure interoperability of law enforcement and emergency responder training, and details the procurement of property and services for DoD through other departments and agencies. The Act also extends the Commander’s Emergency Response Program (CERP), authorizes a one-year extension of the Afghan Infrastructure Fund, and extends the Coalition Support Fund and the Pakistan Counterinsurgency Fund.

Section 1107 establishes an interagency personnel rotation program, which is meant to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the Government by fostering greater interagency experience among executive branch personnel on national and homeland security matters involving more than one agency. This program requires national security
professionals to complete a one-year assignment in another government agency outside their parent organization prior to elevation to senior leadership or SES positions. These rotational assignments may involve any outside agency, however the Act envisions them occurring within Interagency Communities of Interest, such as emergency management or stabilization and reconstruction.

For more information about the National Defense Authorization Act, please follow the links below.
H.R. 4310, National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013, United States House of Representatives
Obama Signs $633 Billion Defense Authorization Act, American Forces Press Service

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