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DOD Legislative Activities: Better Guidance, Accountability, and Reporting Needed
The congressional desire for careful control, accountability, and reporting of DOD legislative activities extends back to at least 1960. The Congress and DOD have made various efforts to tighten management controls over these activities, not only to limit the cost of legislative liaison but also to define specific positions and to account for personnel who are involved with the Congress or deal with the Legislative Branch, according to DOD budget guidance. There are some exceptions, such as departmental secretaries and chiefs of agencies. Also, legislative activities must be accounted for and reported within certain definitions set forth in Senate Report 94-446 and endorsed by house Report 94-710, which were intended to be supplemented by additional DOD guidance. Such efforts have been only partially effective.
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