The Departmental Directives System is the primary system for establishing the basic management structure, organizational arrangements, and administrative instructions of the Department of Commerce.

Department Organization Orders (DOOs) prescribe the basic management structure and organizational arrangements of the Department of Commerce. DOOs are issued for each Secretarial Officer, Departmental Office, and Operating Unit of the Department of Commerce.

Department Administrative Orders (DAOs) document and mandate continuing policies, standards, requirements, and procedures prescribed by the Office of the Secretary for Department-wide application or for application to two or more major program areas of the Department. DAOs cover substantive program matters as well as administrative management, legal, or special staff functions.

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