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DOD - 2566 - Defense Innovation Board - Agency Authority


Committee NameDefense Innovation BoardAgency NameDepartment of Defense
Fiscal Year2019Committee Number2566
Original Establishment Date4/15/2016Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*20
Current Charter Date4/15/2020Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Designated Federal Officer
Date Of Renewal Charter4/15/2022Designated Federal Officer PrefixMs.
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Colleen
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle NameR
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Laughlin
Establishment Authority*Agency AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*Secretary of Defense DeterminationDesignated Federal Officer Phone*(571) 372-0933
Effective Date Of Authority*3/2/2016Designated Federal Officer Fax*(703) 695-5395
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary CmteNot ApplicableDesignated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Type*Continuing
Committee Function*National Policy Issue Advisory Board


Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNo
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The Board provides the Secretary of Defense and the Deputy Secretary of Defense, through the Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, independent advice and recommendations on innovative means to address future challenges in terms of integrated change to organizational structure and process, business and functional concepts, and technology applications. In Fiscal Year 2018, members of the Board embarked on a series of eight research/site visits throughout the United States and one trip overseas to study how the Department of Defense has incorporated innovative technologies and practices and where new technologies and practices are needed.
How is membership balanced?*The members possess the some or all of the following: (a) a proven track record of sound judgment in leading or governing large, complex private sector corporations or organizations; (b) demonstrated performance in identifying and adopting new technology innovations into the operations of large organizations in either the public or private sector; and (c) demonstrated performance in developing new technology concepts.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*Estimated Number of Meetings per Year - 4. Quarterly public meetings are held for the purpose of discussing and/or finalizing new recommendations and for research conducted by the subcommittees to be briefed to and discussed by the full Board membership.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The Secretary of Defense established the Defense Innovation Board (originally called the Defense Innovation Advisory Board) to provide independent advice to the DoD on the best and latest practices in innovation that the department can emulate. Through their research sessions throughout the DoD, the Board has been provided access to classified facilities and information which informs their advice. In the judgment of the DoD this independent advice could not be provided by any other DoD advisory committee.
Why close or partially close meetings?Meetings are not closed to the public unless the DoD determines that items on the planned agenda meet the closed meeting provisions of 5 U.S.C. § 552b(c). Pursuant to DoD policy closed meetings can only be authorized by the DoD Sponsor, the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, and only after consultation with the Office of the DoD GC.
Recommendation RemarksThe Board, established April 15, 2016, does not focus on conducting expansive studies and reports, instead focusing on preparing action plans and experiments with proposals concentrated in three areas: people and culture, technology and capabilities, and practices and operations. Gathering data firsthand, the Board traveled to military facilities, bases and commands to hear from officers and enlisted service members across the Department of Defense.


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*YesAction Reorganize Priorities*No
Outcome Trust In GovernmentYesAction Reallocate ResourcesNo
Outcome Major Policy ChangesYesAction Issued New RegulationsNo
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchYesAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryYesAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionYesAction CommentNot Applicable
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsNoGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentNot ApplicableNumber Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentNot ApplicableGrants Review CommentNot Applicable
Number Of Recommendations*42Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*No
Number Of Recommendations CommentThe Defense Innovation Board has generated 45 recommendations to the Secretary of Defense to date.Access Agency WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented*5.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentOne recommendation, accepted by former Secretary of Defense Carter, is being fully implemented as announced by the Chief Information Officer in July 2018. The establishment of the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center by Secretary of Defense Mattis effectively implements the Board's recommendation in support of developing artificial intelligence and machine learning projects within the Department of DefenseAccess GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*50.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentTwo new recommendations were accepted by the Department of Defense for implementation. Additionally the Secretary of Defense and Deputy Secretary of Defense have taken actions that align with nine additional Board recommendations in the areas of cloud computing; developing innovation capacity within the workforce; developing cloud computing and badnwidth capabilities; embedding technical teams within major commands; expanding new approaches to innovation; Innovating acquisition processes; establashing computer science as a core competency; establishing a chief innovation officer; encouraging bureaucracy and procedural reform; improved data management processes; continued commitment to Defense Innovation Unit and Strategic Capabilities Office; assessing cyber vulnerabilities of networks and defense systems; software acquisition reform; 5G.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentNot Applicable
Agency Feedback Comment*The Executive Director provides implementation updates to the Defense Innovation Board at their quarterly meeting to inform them of the Department of Defense activity occurring in response to their recommendations. Additionally, when possible, the Secretary of Defense provides direct feedback to the Chair and/or other members of the Defense Innovation Board during their sessions in the Pentagon.Narrative Description*In FY-19, the Board provide 28 recommendations.

The Board shall provide the Secretary of Defense and the Deputy Secretary of Defense independent advice and recommendations on innovative means to address future challenges in terms of integrated change to organizational structure and process, business and functional concepts, and technology applications.
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Payments to Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Members*$0.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$645,394.68Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$700,000.00
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$43,948.50Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$90,000.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$47,868.29Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$60,000.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$1,692.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Other Costs$847,452.32Est. Other Costs Next FY*$900,000.00
Total Costs$1,586,355.79Est. Total Next FY*$1,750,000.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*5.00Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*7.00
Hide Section - Interest Areas

Interest Areas

Computer Technology
Information Technology
Workforce and Occupations
National Defense
National Security and Defense
Science and Technology
Science and Technology


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ActionCommittee System IDSubcommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-032204Science and Technology2019
 COM-034955Software Acquisition and Practices Subcommittee2019
 COM-034954Workforce, Behavior and Culture Subcommittee2019


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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-033058Defense Innovation Board2018
 COM-001452Defense Innovation Board2017
 COM-002857Defense Innovation Board2016