10 U.S. Code § 4721 - Authority and responsibilities of the Secretary of the Army
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(a) General Authority.— The Secretary of the Army shall develop, operate, manage, administer, oversee, and fund the Army National Military Cemeteries specified in subsection (b) in a manner and to standards that fully honor the service and sacrifices of the deceased members of the armed forces buried or inurned in the Cemeteries.
(b) Army National Military Cemeteries.— The Army National Military Cemeteries (in this chapter referred to as the “Cemeteries”) consist of the following:
(c) Administrative Jurisdiction.— The Cemeteries shall be under the jurisdiction of Headquarters, Department of the Army.
(d) Regulations and Other Policies.— The Secretary of the Army shall prescribe such regulations and policies as may be necessary to administer the Cemeteries.
(e) Budgetary and Reporting Requirements.— The Secretary of the Army shall submit to the congressional defense committees and the Committees on Veterans’ Affairs of the Senate and House of Representatives an annual budget request (and detailed justifications for the amount of the request) to fund administration, operation and maintenance, and construction related to the Cemeteries. The Secretary may include, as necessary, proposals for new or amended statutory authority related to the Cemeteries.
Source(Added Pub. L. 112–81, div. A, title V, § 591(a)(1),Dec. 31, 2011, 125 Stat. 1439.)
Digitization of Arlington National Cemetery Interment and Inurnment Records
“(1) Deadline for conversion and use.—Not later than June 1, 2012, all records related to interments and inurnments at Arlington National Cemetery shall be converted to a digitized format. Thereafter, use of the digitized format shall be the method by which all subsequent records related to interments and inurnments at Arlington National Cemetery are preserved and utilized.
“(2) Digitized format defined.—In this subsection, the term ‘digitized format’ refers to the use of an electronic database for recordkeeping and includes the full accounting of all records of each specific gravesite and niche location at Arlington National Cemetery and the identification of the individual interred or inurned at each specific gravesite and niche location.”
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