The fiscal 2022 DoD authorization bill as passed by the Senate Armed Services Committee continues several long-running civilian DoD personnel policies while adding several new ones, according to a committee summary of the measure.
Among the continuing provisions are several special pay authorities for federal employees assigned to combat zones or other designated areas of military operations. Also, like many past bills, the measure expands DoD’s authority to use shortcut “direct hire” processes, in this case to create a pilot program to hire into term civil service positions spouses of military personnel stationed outside the U.S.
The measure also (in the report’s words):
Establishes a working group on training to enhance and strengthen servicemember and DoD employee awareness of and defenses against foreign malign influence campaigns and boost information literacy.
Restricts DoD personnel from participating in any “covered matter” that would have a direct and palpable effect on the financial interests of any organization by which the DoD officer or employee was employed in the prior four years.
Establishes a requirement that a person may not be appointed to certain senior-level civilian leadership positions in DoD if they are within seven years relieved from active duty as a commissioned officer, and provides consistency in the requirements for persons appointed to the position of the secretary of a military department and makes technical corrections to other positions.
Authorizes Army counterintelligence civilian special agents to serve warrants and arrest criminal suspects when conducting counterintelligence investigations.