The Sikes Act Improvement Act of 1997: Examining the Changes for the Department of Defense
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The Sikes Act Improvement Act of 1997 SAIA was passed as Title XXIX of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1998. These latest amendments to the 1960 Sikes Act levy significant new requirements on the Department of Defense DoD and the military departments in the area of natural resources management on military installations. Involved in negotiations over several precursory bills, the DoD and the military services began implementing many of the requirements called for by the SAIA about a year before it passed. Because the DoD based its guidance in part on a prediction of what the SAIA would ultimately contain, its implementing guidance and the regulations promulgated subsequently by the military departments differ somewhat from the terms of the statute. Additionally, several requirements under the 1997 Amendments are currently the subject of draft DoD guidance to the military departments. The purpose of this paper is to examine the 1997 Amendments to the Sikes Act, explore the legal issues raised, and discuss their potential impact on the DoD natural resources management programs.
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