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DoD Issuance

Administrative Law

U.S. Dep't of Defense, Instruction No. 5025.01, Part II (Oct. 28, 2007)

DoD issuance.  One of the following 6 types of issuances published by the Department of Defense:  DoDD, DoDI, DoDM, DTM, AI, and DoD Publication.  The term “DoD Publication” shall be discontinued upon reissuance of all DoD Publications as DoDMs.

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U.S. Dep't of Defense, Instruction No. 5025.01, Part II (Oct. 28, 2007)

DoDD [DoD Directive].  A DoD issuance that EXCLUSIVELY establishes policy, assigns responsibility, and delegates authority to the DoD Components.  DoDDs shall not contain procedures.  They shall consist of the following two types of issuances: (1) Direct Oversight DoDD:  A DoD issuance, no more than 8 pages in length including enclosures, reserved for subjects requiring direct oversight by the Secretary or Deputy Secretary of Defense, approved and signed only by the Secretary or Deputy Secretary of Defense, and consisting only of one or more of the below types of information. (a) Non-delegable responsibilities assigned to the Secretary or Deputy Secretary of Defense.  (b) Assignment of functions and resources between or among the Heads of the DoD Components and/or OSD Components.  More specifically, this is when the fundamental responsibilities, functions, or authorities of the Head of the Component are being defined or redefined.  These major assignments should not be confused with the collateral functions routinely mentioned in an issuance in which the Head of an OSD Component assigns a responsibility to (and coordinates with) the Head of another Component to perform a task within an assigned functional area. (c) EA assignments, which consist of the designation of an EA and the assignment of related responsibilities and authorities. (d) Matters of special interest to the Secretary or Deputy Secretary of Defense such as advisory boards or urgent Global War on Terrorism matters.  They may be items selected by the Secretary or Deputy Secretary or recommended by the Head of an OSD Component. (2) Chartering DoDD:  A DoDD that establishes the mission, responsibilities, functions, relationships, and delegated authorities of the Head of an OSD Component or other OSD PAS official, a Defense Agency, a DoD Field Activity, or other major DoD or OSD Component, as required.  Also referred to as an “organizational charter” or “charter Directive.”  Chartering DoDDs comprise a unique DoDD format, developed by O&MP in coordination with DD, and are exempt from the 8-page limit for DoDDs.  Chartering DoDDs shall be signed by the Secretary or Deputy Secretary of Defense, except that where the Under Secretaries of Defense are delegated the authority in their chartering DoDDs, the Under Secretaries of Defense shall issue chartering DoDDs for their subordinate OSD PAS officials.

U.S. Dep't of Defense, Instruction No. 5025.01, Part II (Oct. 28, 2007)

DoDI [DoD Instruction].  DoDIs consist of the following two levels of issuances.  DoDIs shall be no more than 50 pages in length including enclosures. (1) Policy DoDI:  A DoDI that ESTABLISHES POLICY and assigns responsibilities within a functional area assigned in the Head of an OSD Component’s chartering DoDD, including defining the authorities and responsibilities of a subordinate official or element when these do not meet the criteria for a chartering DoDD.  Policy DoDIs may also provide general procedures for implementing that policy.  They shall be signed by the Heads of the OSD Components.  They shall include the Component’s chartering DoDD as a reference, and, for the Components whose chartering DoDDs have NOT been updated to include the authority to issue policy in DoDIs, they shall include this Instruction as a reference. (2) Non-Policy DoDI:  A DoDI that IMPLEMENTS POLICY established in a DoDD by providing general, overarching procedures for carrying out that policy.  Non-policy DoDIs shall be signed by the Heads of the OSD Components, their Principal Deputies, or the OSD PAS officials as authorized by their chartering DoDDs.

U.S. Dep't of Defense, Instruction No. 5025.01, Part II (Oct. 28, 2007)

DoDM [DoD Manual]:  A DoD issuance providing detailed procedures for implementing policy established in DoDDs and DoDIs.  DoDMs shall include the specific, procedural information formerly published as DoD Publications.  All DoD Publications that are not DoDMs (i.e., catalogs, compendiums, directories, handbooks, indexes, inventories, lists, modules, pamphlets, plans, series, standards, supplements, and regulations) shall be converted into DoDMs on their next reissuance.  DoDMs shall be signed by the Heads of the OSD Components, their Principal Deputies, or the OSD PAS officials as authorized by their chartering DoDDs.  DoDMs exceeding 100 pages in length shall be separated into two or more volumes.

U.S. Dep't of Defense, Instruction No. 5025.01, Part II (Oct. 28, 2007)

DTM [Directive-Type Memoranda]:  A memorandum issued ONLY for time-sensitive actions that affect current issuances or that will become DoD issuances, and ONLY when time constraints prevent publishing a new issuance or a change to an existing DoD issuance. DTMs establish DoD policy and assign responsibilities, or implement policies and responsibilities established in existing DoD issuances.  DTMs concerning subjects requiring direct oversight by the Secretary or Deputy Secretary of Defense shall be signed by the Secretary or Deputy Secretary of Defense.  DTMs that establish policy shall be signed by the Heads of the OSD Components.  DTMs that implement policy shall be signed by the Heads of the OSD Components, their Principal Deputies, or the OSD PAS officials as authorized by their chartering DoDDs. DTMs shall not be used to permanently change or supplement existing issuances.  They shall be effective for no more than 180 days from the date signed, during which time they shall be incorporated into an existing DoD issuance, converted to a new DoD issuance, reissued, or canceled.