10 U.S. Code § 2361a - Extramural acquisition innovation and research activities

(a) Establishment.—
The Secretary of Defense, acting through the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment and in coordination with the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, shall establish and maintain extramural acquisition innovation and research activities as described in subsection (d), which shall include an acquisition research organization within a civilian college or university that is not owned or operated by the Federal Government that is established to provide and maintain essential research and development capabilities through a long-term strategic relationship with the Department of Defense.
(b) Goals.—
The goal of any activity conducted pursuant to this section shall be to provide academic analyses and policy alternatives for innovation in defense acquisition policies and practices to policymakers in the Federal Government by using a variety of means intended to widely disseminate research findings from such an activity, in addition to executing demonstration and pilot programs of innovative acquisition policies and practices.
(c) Director.—
(1) Appointment.—
Not later than June 1, 2020, the Secretary of Defense shall appoint an individual from civilian life to serve as the director for the extramural acquisition innovation and research activities required by this section (referred to in this section as the “Director”).
(2) Term.—
The Director shall serve a term of five years.
(d) Activities.—The activities described in this subsection are as follows:
(1)
Research on past and current defense acquisition policies and practices, commercial and international best practices, and the application of new technologies and analytical capabilities to improve acquisition policies and practices.
(2)
Pilot programs to prototype and demonstrate new acquisition practices for potential transition to wider use in the Department of Defense.
(3)
Establishment of data repositories and development of analytical capabilities, in coordination with the Chief Data Officer of the Department of Defense, to enable researchers and acquisition professionals to access and analyze historical data sets to support research and new policy and practice development.
(4) Executive education to—
(A)
support acquisition workforce development, including for early career, mid-career, and senior leaders; and
(B)
provide appropriate education on acquisition issues to non-acquisition professionals.
(5) On an ongoing basis, a review of the implementation of recommendations contained in relevant Department of Defense and private sector studies on acquisition policies and practices, including—
(A)
for recommendations for the enactment of legislation, identify the extent to which the recommendations have been enacted into law by Congress;
(B)
for recommendations for the issuance of regulations, identify the extent to which the recommendations have been adopted through the issuance or revision of regulations;
(C)
for recommendations for revisions to policies and procedures in the executive branch, identify the extent to which the recommendations have been adopted through issuance of an appropriate implementing directive or other form of guidance; and
(D)
for recommendations for the resources required to implement recommendations contained in relevant Department of Defense and private sector studies on acquisition policies and practices.
(6)
Engagement with researchers and acquisition professionals in the Department of Defense, as appropriate.
(e) Funding.—
Subject to the availability of appropriations, the Secretary may use amounts available in the Defense Acquisition Workforce and Development Account to carry out the requirements of this section.
(f) Annual Report.—
Not later than September 30, 2021, and annually thereafter, the Director shall submit to the Secretary of Defense and the congressional defense committees a report describing the activities conducted under this section during the previous year.
Transfer of Section

Pub. L. 116–283, div. A, title XVIII, §§ 1801(d), 1842(b), Jan. 1, 2021, 134 Stat. 4151, 4244, provided that, effective Jan. 1, 2022, with additional provisions for delayed implementation and applicability of existing law, this section is transferred to chapter 303 of this title, as added by section 1842(a) of Pub. L. 116–283, inserted after the table of sections, and redesignated as section 4063 of this title. See Effective Date of 2021 Amendment note below.

Effective Date of 2021 Amendment

Amendment by Pub. L. 116–283 effective Jan. 1, 2022, with additional provisions for delayed implementation and applicability of existing law, see section 1801(d) of Pub. L. 116–283, set out as a note preceding section 3001 of this title.

Implementation of Section

Pub. L. 116–92, div. A, title VIII, § 835(a)(3), Dec. 20, 2019, 133 Stat. 1496, provided that:

“(A) Deadline.—
Not later than March 1, 2020, the Secretary of Defense shall establish the extramural acquisition innovation and research activities required by section 2361a of title 10, United States Code (as added by this subsection).
“(B) Report.—
“(i) In general.—
Not later than January 1, 2021, the Director of the extramural acquisition innovation and research activities appointed under such section shall submit to the Secretary of Defense a report setting forth a plan, proposed budget, and schedule for execution of such activities.
“(ii) Transmittal.—
Not later than February 1, 2021, the Secretary of Defense shall transmit the report required under clause (i), together with whatever comments the Secretary considers appropriate, to the Committees on Armed Services of the Senate and the House of Representatives.”
Records of the Section 809 Panel

Pub. L. 116–92, div. A, title VIII, § 835(b), Dec. 20, 2019, 133 Stat. 1496, provided that:

“(1) Transfer and maintenance of records.—
Not later than March 1, 2020, the records of the Section 809 Panel shall be transferred to, and shall be maintained by, the Defense Technical Information Center.
“(2) Status of records.—
Working papers, records of interview, and any other draft work products generated for any purpose by the Section 809 Panel shall be covered by the deliberative process privilege exemption under paragraph (5) of section 552(b) of title 5, United States Code.
“(3) Availability.—
To the maximum extent practicable, the Secretary shall make the records available to support activities conducted by the research organization described under section 2361a of title 10, United States Code (as added by subsection (a)).
“(4) Section 809 panel defined.—
In this subsection, the term ‘Section 809 Panel’ means the panel established by the Secretary of Defense pursuant to section 809 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 (Public Law 114–92) [129 Stat. 889].”