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Z-Gram #82; dated 29 April 1971

Boards, Committees and Guidance Programs Reduction Review

R 292140Z APR 71
FM CNO (Z-82)

TO NAVOP

UNCLAS //N05420//
BOARDS, COMMITTEES AND GUIDANCE PROGRAMS REDUCTION REVIEW

A. SECNAVINST 5420.60F, “COMMITTEE MANAGEMENT PROGRAM’, OF 24 NOV 69 (NOTAL)

1. A RECENT SURVEY INDICATES THAT SOME 300 DIFFERENT BOARDS OR COMMITTEES ARE IN USE AT VARIOUS ECHELONS OF COMMAND WITHIN THE NAVY. THE REQUIREMENT FOR USE OF BOARDS OR COMMITTEES AS A MEANS FOR MAKING MANAGEMENT DECISIONS RANGES FROM STATUTORY TO DISCRETIONARY. IN THOSE INSTANCES WHERE THE REQUIREMENT FOR USE OF BOARDS OR COMMITTEES IS DISCRETIONARY, THE SELECTION OF THIS FORM OF MANAGEMENT CONTROL SHOULD BE CAREFULLY CONSIDERED IN LIGHT OF ALTERNATIVE METHODS. BOARDS OR COMMITTEES ARE GENERALLY ACKNOWLEDGED TO BE MORE TIME-CONSUMING AND COSTLY AND FREQUENTLY LESS EFFECTIVE THAN OTHER METHODS FOR DIRECTING, CONTROLLING, OR PLANNING.

2. FLEET, FORCE, TYPE COMMANDERS, AND COMMANDING OFFICERS ARE URGED TO REVIEW THEIR INSTRUCTIONS, DIRECTIVES, AND OPERATING PROCEDURES AS THEY APPLY TO THE USE OF BOARDS AND COMMITTEES. EXCEPT IN THOSE CASES WHERE THE REQUIREMENT STEMS FROM A STATUTORY OR REGULATORY DIRECTIVE OF HIGHER AUTHORITY. THE USE OF BOARDS OR COMMITTEES SHOULD BE MADE DISCRETIONARY. CONTINUED USE OF THIS FORM OF MANAGEMENT CONTROL, WHERE NOT OTHERWISE REQUIRED, SHOULD BE CONTINGENT ON ITS CAPABILITY WITH THE CRITERIA ESTABLISHED IN PART 1, PARA 5 OF REFERENCE (A) AND ITS HAVING DEMONSTRATED ADVANTAGES OVER OTHER MANAGEMENT METHODS.

3. RECOMMENDATIONS FOR REVIEW OR CANCELLATION OF DIRECTIVES WHICH REQUIRE OR DIRECT THE ESTABLISHMENT OF BOARDS OR COMMITTEES WILL BE FAVORABLY CONSIDERED. E. R. ZUMWALT, JR., ADMIRAL, U.S. NAVY, CHIEF OF NAVAL OPERATIONS.
BT

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ACRONYMS/ABBREVIATIONS:
NOTAL: notice to all
SECNAVINST: Secretary of the Navy Instruction

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Published:Fri Oct 14 06:32:58 EDT 2016