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DODD 4515.12 DoD Support for Travel of Members and Employees of Congress

DODD 4515.12 DoD Support for Travel of Members and Employees of Congress

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Department
 
of
 
Defense
 
DIRECTIVE
 
NUMBER
4515.12January 15, 2010ASD(LA)SUBJECT: DoD Support for Travel of Members and Employees of CongressReferences: See Enclosure 11. PURPOSE. This Directive:a. Reissues DoD Directive (DoDD) 4515.12 (Reference (a)) to update policy for DoDsupport for travel of members and employees of Congress and to assign responsibility forapproving and coordinating requests for transportation of members and employees of Congress.b. Formally establishes and governs the execution of a congressional travel programcomprised of congressional delegations (CODELs), staff delegations (STAFFDELs), andgovernor delegations (GOVDELs).2. APPLICABILITY. This Directive applies to OSD, the Military Departments, the Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Joint Staff, the Combatant Commands, theOffice of the Inspector General of the Department of Defense, the Defense Agencies, the DoDField Activities, and all other organizational entities in the Department of Defense (hereafterreferred to collectively as the “DoD Components”).3. DEFINITIONS. See Glossary.4. POLICY. It is DoD policy that support for approved travel of members and employees of Congress shall be provided on an economical basis upon request of Congress pursuant to law, orwhere necessary to carry out DoD duties and responsibilities. The DoD support for travel of members and employees of Congress shall be based on:a. The necessity to present Congress with the Department of Defense’s legislative programand to respond to inquiries from and to cooperate in investigations by Congress regarding theDepartment.
 
DoDD 4515.12, January 15, 2010
b. The contribution that DoD support for travel of members and employees of Congress maymake to the defense effort and to the exercise by Congress of its responsibilities in connectiontherewith.c. Prudent utilization of DoD transportation resources. Military airlift shall not be used forCODELs if commercial airline or aircraft (including charter) is reasonably available, i.e., able tomeet the traveler’s departure and/or arrival requirements in a 24-hour period, unless highlyunusual circumstances present a clear and present danger; an emergency exists; use of militaryairlift is more cost effective than commercial air; or other compelling operational considerationsmake commercial transportation unacceptable.d. Ensuring travel of members and employees of Congress is sponsored by the Departmentof Defense only where the purpose of the travel is of primary interest to and bears a substantialrelationship to programs or activities of the Department of Defense and is not solely for thepurpose of engendering goodwill or obtaining possible future benefits.e. Ensuring, insofar as practicable, that the Military Departments have equal opportunity, asamong each other, to participate in support for travel of members and employees of Congress.f. Ensuring, insofar as practicable, that support for travel of members and employees of Congress is provided on a joint basis by the relevant DoD Components.g. Ensuring that the use of military carriers by members and employees of Congresscomplies with transportation policies prescribed by the Secretary of Defense.5. RESPONSIBILITIES. The Assistant Secretary of Defense for Legislative Affairs (ASD(LA))shall provide oversight of and approve support by the DoD Components of travel by membersand employees of Congress to assure compliance with the policies and guidelines prescribed inthis Directive. Each of the DoD Components shall submit reports regarding support for travel of members and employees of Congress, and the cost thereof, to the ASD(LA) in such form andmanner as he or she may from time to time prescribe.6. INFORMATION REQUIREMENTS. The report submitted to the ASD(LA) has beenapproved and assigned Report Control Symbol DD-LA(AR)2370 in accordance with DoD8910.1-M (Reference (b)).7. RELEASABILITY. UNLIMITED. This Directive is approved for public release and isavailable on the Internet from the DoD Issuances Web Site at http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives.2
 
DoDD 4515.12, January 15, 2010
38. EFFECTIVE DATE. This DirectiveEnclosures1. References2. DoD Support for Travel of Members and Employees of CongressGlossary

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