C. 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:
PAS Position Titles in OSD from 1947 to
1999 by Function
|• ||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|
Questia, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning. www.questia.com
Book title: Department of Defense Political Appointments:Positions and Process.
Contributors: Cheryl Y. Marcum - Author, Lauren R. Sager Weinstein - Author, Susan D. Hosek - Author, Harry J. Thie - Author.
Place of publication: Santa Monica, CA.
Publication year: 2001.
Page number: 53.
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