New Implementation Guidance for Depot-Level Maintenance Policy Memo
On April 5, 2012, the Acting USD(AT&L) issued a policy memorandum entitled ”National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 Implementation Guidance for Depot-Level Maintenance.” Encourage all Product Support Managers (PSM) and Life Cycle Logisticians to read this memo.
The memo states, in part, “Subtitle C of Title III of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 (NDAA FY 2012) amended title 10, United States Code (U.S.C.), in several areas that significantly impact our planning, performance, and reporting of depot-level maintenance. The amended statutes are 10 U.S.C. § 2460, 10 U.S.C. § 2464, 10 U.S.C. § 2366 and 10 U.S.C. § 2474. The purpose of this memorandum is to provide a standard DoD-wide interpretation and guidance related to the revised language in these statutes and to delegate the waiver authority…relating to the determination that a weapon system or item of military equipment is not an enduring element of the national defense strategy and that, in the case of nuclear aircraft carrier refueling, fulfilling the requirement is not economically feasible.”
He also states, “I hereby delegate to the Service Secretaries the authority to grant the waiver provided for at 10 U.S.C. § 2464(b)(l)(A) and (B). This delegation is effective immediately, will stay in effect as long as the relevant statutory language remains unmodified by subsequent enactments, and may be further redelegated to each Service's Acquisition Executive. The implementation guidance is provided in the attachment. The Department's position is that the appropriate use of waivers and the implementation guidance will enable depot maintenance activities to remain consistent with past practices,” leaving open the possibility that “the Department will address the scope, intent, and implications of this language with Congress and provide the Services further guidance as necessary.”
The memo attachment goes on to provide updated FY12 NDAA statutory language, along with DoD “Interpretation/ Guidance” related to the following Title 10 statutes:
· 10 U.S.C. § 2460 - Definition of depot-level maintenance and repair
· 10 U.S.C. § 2464 - Core depot-level maintenance and repair capabilities
· 10 U.S.C. § 2366a - Major defense acquisition programs: certification required before Milestone A approval