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CHIEF OF STAFF

DOO 15-20: CHIEF OF STAFF
Number: DOO 15-20
Effective Date: 2003-07-15

Org Chart Available

SECTION 1. PURPOSE.

.01 This Order prescribes the authority, functions and organizational structure of the Chief of Staff (the COS).

.02 This revision changes the title of the Order, deletes reference to the Deputy Counselor; delegates certain administrative authorities through the Director, Executive Secretariat, to the Administrative Officer for the Office of the Secretary, incorporates the Executive Secretariat, Office of External Affairs, Protocol Officer, and Office of Scheduling under Section 4. Organization, and establishes an organization chart.

SECTION 2. ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE

The organizational structure of the COS is as shown in the attached organization chart (Exhibit 1).

SECTION 3. STATUS AND LINE OF AUTHORITY.

The COS reports to the Secretary of Commerce and is responsible for providing direct support to the Secretary in administering the policies and operations of the Department. The COS shall be assisted by a Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy and Counselor to the Secretary, and by a Deputy Chief of Staff for Programs.

SECTION 4. FUNCTIONS.

The COS shall perform the following:

a. Direct the implementation of policy and program initiatives that are approved by the Secretary and exercise executive authority over the bureaus of the Department in overseeing the implementation and administration of new policies and programs.

b. Provide managerial support to the Secretary in formulating, implementing and administering the policies and program operations of the Department of Commerce.

c. Coordinate actions required of the Department as a result of executive policy decisions and actions and serve as the Secretary's representative with other Federal agencies.

d. Represent the Department at executive level conferences with other Federal agencies, the Congress and private industry, with broad authority to commit the Department to specific courses of action.

e. Provide managerial support on public affairs matters and the overall public information program of the Department of Commerce.

f. Provide managerial support in the performance of information and outreach activities directed at facilitating the business community's interaction with the Federal Government.

g. Serve as the principal advisor on policy, planning and operational matters regarding Schedule C and non-career executive positions of the Department.

h. Oversee all administrative functions of the Office of the Secretary.

SECTION 5. DELEGATION OF AUTHORITY.

The Administrative Officer for the Office of the Secretary, reporting to the Director, Executive Secretariat, is delegated certain administrative authorities including consolidation, development and management of the budget process, financial record keeping and reporting requirements, and human resources authority for all offices which fall under the Chief of Staff. These duties include, but are not limited to, the monitoring of all personnel issues and processing of all personnel actions; administration of pay, bonuses, and incentives; leave and hours of work policies; payroll support and time and attendance controls; employee relations, benefits and services; employee recognition, morale and performance appraisal; and training and career development. Additionally, the Administrative Officer shall prepare requests for travel, procurement and similar actions and shall monitor Office of the Secretary contract performance for goods and services.

SECTION 6. ORGANIZATION.

The Office of the COS shall include:

a. Director, Office of Business Liaison (DOO 15-13);

b. Director, Executive Secretariat (DOO 15-1);

c. Director, Office of Policy and Strategic Planning (DOO 15-22);

d. Director, Office of Public Affairs (DOO 15-3);

e. Director, Office of White House Liaison (DOO 15-18);

f. Office of Advance;

g. Chief of Protocol; and

h. Office of Scheduling.

SECTION 7. EFFECT ON OTHER ORDERS.

This Order supersedes Department Organization Order 15-20, dated October 14, 1992.

Signed by: Secretary of Commerce

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