Department of Defense Political Appointments: Positions and Process

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PAS Position Titles in OSD from 1947 to
1999 by Function
In the early 1950s, the Second Hoover Commission, headed by former President Herbert C. Hoover, recommended that the Secretary of Defense emphasize the management areas of logistics, research and development, personnel, and finance and regroup certain functions under assistant secretaries to strengthen the coordination of these four principal management areas (Second Hoover Commission, 1955). To accommodate changing priorities during the past 50 years and to manage the resulting change in number of PAS positions, the OSD sometimes grouped and regrouped two or three functions into one assistant secretary position. In a similar manner, the OSD sometimes separated formerly combined functions out of assistant secretary positions when Congress increased the number of authorized assistant secretary positions. Also, from time to time, as assistant secretary authorizations shifted, some functions lost PAS status and the former PAS position reverted to a non-PAS position. Generally, when a position lost PAS status, it was reclassified as a general SES position that could be filled by either a noncareer SES appointee or a career SES appointee.Title 10 states that the OSD is authorized the following PAS positions:
Secretary of Defense
Deputy Secretary of Defense
Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Technology
Under Secretary of Defense for Policy
Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller)
Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness
Director of Defense Research and Engineering
Assistant Secretaries of Defense (nine)
Director of Operational Test and Evaluation
General Counsel of the Department of Defense
Inspector General of the Department of Defense

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