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Significant Guidance Documents

This Department of Defense page provides the public with a list of significant guidance documents currently in effect, a link to the individual document, and identifies the DOD Component that issued the guidance.


Guidance documents assist the public in their compliance with agency regulations. Guidance document is "an agency statement of general applicability and future effect, other than a regulatory action, that set forth a policy on a statutory, regulatory, or technical issue or an interpretation of a statutory or regulatory issue." The issuance of "significant" and "economically significant" guidance documents ensures that agencies issue guidance that is of high quality, developed with appropriate agency review, and with public participation. The Department's Regulatory Policy Officer will ensure that the Office of Management and

Public Comment or Feedback

Members of the public who have comments or feedback on a significant guidance document, that is in effect, should contact the DOD Component that issued the guidance. If the issue is not resolved, please contact the Chief, Information Management Division, Executive Services Directorate (WHS) at Please use the words "SIGNIFICANT GUIDANCE: [Insert the title of the significant guidance document from the list below]" in the subject line of the e-mail message. Public comments submitted by this manner will be used for the benefit of the Department and do not require formal response.

When the Department of Defense is developing a significant guidance document, the public will be afforded the opportunity to provide comments on the draft document. The Department of Defense will post draft guidance documents on the Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) website at To submit comments on a significant guidance document, please follow the instructions on the FDMS website using the docket number assigned to the document. Alternatively, comments may be mailed to: Federal Docket Management System Office, 4800 Mark Center Drive, East Tower, Suite 02G09, Alexandria, VA 22350-3100. Submissions received must include the docket number. The general policy for comments and other submissions from members of the public is to make these submissions available for public viewing at, as they are received without change, including any personal identifiers or contact information.

Significant Guidance Documents