Legislative Affairs

The Navy Office of Legislative Affairs has responsibility for the coordination and processing through Congress of all legislative proposals of the Department of the Navy, except matters of financial matters and appropriation. The Navy Office of Legislative Affairs facilitates communication between Navy leadership and Congress and their staffs. The staff works closely with authorizing, appropriations, and oversight committees of the House and Senate, as well as with individual Members that have an interest in the Department of the Navy or sea service issues. The Navy Office of Legislative Affairs manages  testimony before House and Senate hearings, organizes Member and staff briefings, and facilitates Congressional travel for Members and staff throughout the year.

 

Chief of Legislative Affairs

Rear Admiral Sara A. "Clutch" Joyner

The Chief of Legislative Affairs (CLA) is the Secretary of the Navy's principal staff assistant for discharging the legislative functions and responsibilities of the Department of the Navy, with the exception of liaison with Appropriations Committees, which is, by law, vested with the Comptroller of the Navy.

CLA directs the Office of Legislative Affairs and reports directly to the Secretary of the Navy and the Chief of Naval Operations. 

 

Responsibilities

Plan, develop, and coordinate relationships between representatives of the Department of the Navy and Members of the United States Congress and their Committee staffs, which are necessary in the transaction of official government business (except appropriation matters) affecting the Navy. 

Furnish staff support, advice, and assistance to the Secretary of the Navy, his civilian executive assistants, and all other principal officials of the Department concerning Congressional aspects of Navy policies, plans, and programs (except appropriation matters). 

Provide all information, assistance, and staff support required by the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) for the proper performance of their duties and responsibilities, which include: 
- Assistance in preparing and coordinating testimony, briefings, posture statements, policy statements, information papers, and other matters relating to the provision of information to the Congress. 
- Assistance in preparing and coordinating legislative proposals, reports, and comments on legislative bills and resolutions, executive orders, and responses to Congressional correspondence, and other matters which involve the expression of Department of the Navy policy on items of Congressional interest. 
- Supporting and hosting Congressional visits and travel to Navy installations and units, both within the continental United States and overseas. 

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