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 (DoN), with the exception of liaison with the 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 and to Chief of Naval Operations.
The mission of the Office of Legislative Affairs is to:
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 DoN policy on items of congressional interest.
Supporting and hosting congressional visits and travel.