Wifcon.com's analysis of the
National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2008,
includes a review of the
House conference report
House Armed Services Committee report
that accompanied H. R. 1585, and the
Senate Armed Services Committee report
that accompanied S. 1547. Sections from the House
conference report are picked judgmentally selected for
highlight. As a result, you might believe that something
important is missing or something unimportant is included in
For a section of law that was
passed, the left column of the pages includes the section of the
law and the right column includes excerpts from the reports with
the House conference report first and then followed by any
excerpts from the House and Senate Armed Services reports
identified in the conference reports. The excerpts from
the reports may add to the understanding of the NDAA provisions
or they may also direct an agency to take some action. You
will not find all report excerpts that are mentioned in the
conference report. That is because both the House and
Senate versions of H. R. 1585 were amended after they were
reported by the Armed Services Committees. In the Senate,
20 or more amendments may have been "considered" together and
passed "en banc" without any explanation of their intended
purpose. As a result, you will see fewer excerpts from the
Senate Armed Services Committee report.
The analysis also includes
"Legislative Provisions Not Adopted" and any explanation from the conference report.
In one case, the conference report directs the Secretary of
Defense to take an action even though the legislative provision
was not adopted.
In the conference report, you
will notice it refers to the "Senate Amendment." This is
because the House amended and passed its bill, H. R. 1585, on
May 17, 2007, and then sent it to the Senate. Once in the
Senate, the Senate amended H. R. 1585 with its own amendments
resulting in the Senate's amended version of H. R. 1585.
Finally, the NDAA is the
federal government's annual contracting bill. Just because
you may contract with a civilian agency or work for a civilian
agency, don't think the NDAA will not apply to you.
Specific sections this NDAA apply to civilian agencies.
Additionally, the Federal Acquisition Regulation Councils could
decide to take a provision of the NDAA and write a regulation
that applies governmentwide.