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Significant Guidance Documents

This Department of Defense page provides the public with a list of significant guidance documents currently in effect, a link to the individual document, and identifies the DoD Component that issued the guidance. Guidance documents assist the public in their compliance with agency rules. A guidance document is "an agency statement of general applicability and future effect, other than a rule action, that sets forth a policy on a statutory, regulatory, or technical issue or an interpretation of a statutory or regulatory issue." The issuance of "significant" and "economically significant" guidance documents ensures that agencies issue guidance that is of high quality, developed with appropriate agency review, and with public participation.

Public Comment or Feedback

Members of the public who have comments or feedback on a significant guidance document, that is in effect, should contact the DoD Component that issued the guidance. If the issue is not resolved, please contact the Chief, Regulatory & Advisory Committee Division, Directorate for Oversight And Compliance, OCMO at osd.mc-alex.odcmo.mbx.guidance-documents@mail.mil. Please use the words "SIGNIFICANT GUIDANCE: [Insert the title of the significant guidance document from the list below]" in the subject line of the e-mail message. Public comments submitted by this manner will be used for the benefit of the Department and do not require formal response.

When the Department of Defense is developing a significant guidance document, the public will be afforded the opportunity to provide comments on the draft document. The Department of Defense will post draft guidance documents on the Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) website at www.regulations.gov. To submit comments on a significant guidance document, please follow the instructions on the FDMS website using the docket number assigned to the document. Alternatively, comments may be mailed to: Office of the Chief Management Officer, Directorate For Oversight & Compliance, 4800 Mark Center Drive, Attn: Mailbox #24, Suite 08D09, Alexandria, VA 22350-1700. Submissions received must include the docket number. The general policy for comments and other submissions from members of the public is to make these submissions available for public viewing at www.regulations.gov, as they are received without change, including any personal identifiers or contact information.

Significant Guidance Documents