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Authority to issue interoperability policy

Authority to issue interoperability policy

Wong, Carolyn, 1952-; Gonzales, Daniel, 1956-

Achieving interoperability among systems is instrumental to enabling critical functions, such as timely information exchange during operations and efficiencies in acquisition, so it is important to understand what parties have authority to issue policy that governs the facets of interoperability. This report presents an approach and framework for determining what parties have authority to issue interoperability policy, the legal and policy origins and implementation paths of the authority, and the extent of the authority. The approach includes rigorous analysis by researchers to identify pertinent authorities in federal law supplemented by a means to facilitate discovery of roles and responsibilities in Department of Defense and Service-level policies. The approach results in a roles and responsibilities network that traces the paths of authority available to issue interoperability policy. The authors use as a case study the authority of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Research, Development, and Acquisition, Chief Systems Engineer to issue Navy interoperability policy related to mission area systems engineering (MASE) to demonstrate the use of the framework and methodology. They find that there are 13 different paths of authority that could be cited by four different parties to claim authority to influence interoperability policy related to MASE. The approach used in this report might be developed, along with complementary analytic techniques, to provide the government with the ability to create and maintain consistent and comprehensive bodies of policy that will ensure the effective and efficient operation of defense agencies

eBook, Electronic resource, Book. English. Electronic books.
Published Santa Monica, CA : RAND 2013

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Statement of responsibility: Carolyn Wong, Daniel Gonzales
ISBN: 0833084720, 9780833081773, 9780833084729
Note: Print version record.
Note: "Prepared for the United States Navy. Approved for public release; distribution unlimited."
Note: Includes bibliographical references (page 69).
Physical Description: 1 online resource (xx, 69 pages) : illustrations.
Series: RAND Corporation research report series ; RR357-NAVY
Subject: United States. Navy Personnel management.; United States. Navy Management.; Sea-power United States Management.; Organizational effectiveness.; POLITICAL SCIENCE Political Freedom.
Series Title: Research report (Rand Corporation) ; RR357-NAVY.
Local note: JSTOR Books at JSTOR Open Access


  1. Introduction
  2. Framework and Methodology
  3. Analysis of Authority to Issue Navy Interoperability Policy
  4. ASN(RD & A) CHSEN G Case Study
  5. Recommendations and Closing Remarks
  6. Appendix A: Electronic Policy Improvement Capability (EPIC)
  7. Appendix B: Statements of Authority
  8. Appendix C: Authority of Other Officials.