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Ike Skelton National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011

(P. L. 111-383)

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How To Use the ISNDAA 2011 Suite of Pages

P. L. 111-383 (H. R. 6523), The Ike Skelton National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011 (ISNDAA), was introduced in the House of Representatives on December 15, 2010.  Two days later on December 17, 2010, it passed the House.  Five days later, on December 22, 2010, it passed the Senate with an amendment―striking one title of the bill.  On that same day, shortly after 11 AM, the House agreed to the Senate amendment.  The bill was in Congress for about a week.  There was no conference, no conference report, and no explanation of where sections of the bill came from.  However, in January 2011, a document appeared on the Library of Congress website entitled Joint Explanatory Statement of the Committees on Armed Services of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives (Explanatory Statement).  This document was created and modified in the afternoon of December 22, 2010―a few hours after H. R. 6523 was enrolled.

Supporting the ISNDAA are 2 bills:  Senate bill S. 3454, a defense authorization bill that never passed the Senate and House bill H. R. 5136, a defense authorization bill that actually passed the House.  However, neither of these bills is the basis for the Improve Acquisition Act which is a major part of the ISNDAA. That "honor" goes to H. R. 5013, the Implementing Management for Performance and Related Reforms to Obtain Value in Every Acquisition Act of 2010.  H. R. 5013 did pass the House with an earlier report explaining its sections.  During consideration of H. R. 5136, it was adopted as an amendment and pasted to the end of H. R. 5136.  Since the Improve Acquisition Act was a last minute paste job, there is no history in the report accompanying H. R. 5136.  However there is history in the report accompanying H. R. 5013.  When you read the sections of the Explanatory Statement, you will note that it refers to the "Senate committee-reported bill" when it identifies where the idea for the ISNDAA section originated.  Remember S. 3454 never passed the Senate.

From those pieces of legislation and their accompanying reports, one can identify what members of the armed services committees might have been thinking when H. R. 6523, S. 3454, H. R. 5136, and H. R. 5013, were being considered.

How To Use the NDAA 2010 Suite of Pages

The Contents page provides links to H. R. 6523, H. R. 5136, H. R. 5013, and S. 3454.  Reports for the latter 3 bills are linked also.  The Explanatory Statement is attached also.

Wifcon.com's "sectional analysis" pages provide the text of the sections of the ISNDAA (H. R. 6523) at the top of the the left column with similar sections from the other 3 bills below.   The  Explanatory Statement section is shown at the top of the right column and explanatory sections of reports supporting H. R. 5136, H. R. 5013, or S. 3454 under it. 

Under the best of circumstances, I recommend not trying to identify congressional intent. However, the clear congressional intent of the ISNDAA was for a lame duck Congress to pass something quickly so it could head home for the holidays.  The ISNDAA was slapped together at the end of the 111th Congress with only an Explanatory Statement from the Armed Services Committees.  Whatever you consider the Explanatory Statement to be, it is a good roadmap for following the ISNDAA

Additional sections, including Legislative Provision Not Adopted, and documentation of the ISNDAA may be added at a later date as more information is identified.



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