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4.5 Framework Statutes (U.S. Code Title 50, Chapter 36: Foreign Intelligence Surveillance)

4.5.1 Framework Statutes Generally

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4.5.1 Framework Statutes Generally

Organic statutes and enabling acts are important to agency management, but a second type of related statute is equally important to how agencies carry out their functions—framework statutes.

“Framework statute” is an informal term used to describe a major piece of legislation that structures how an agency carries out its mandate—usually moderating how it exercises certain aspects of its discretionary power.

Framework statutes can also be considered to fall into the category of “enabling statutes,” but it’s more convenient to keep them separate for purposes of this course.



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