ANNUAL REPORT TO CONGRESS
1. The Secretary must submit an Annual Report to Congress on Departmental activities in
response to Board activities each year at the same time the President submits the budget
to Congress (see Chapter I, subparagraph 2a). The President historically submits the
budget to Congress ten working days following the President's State of the Union address
(i.e., during the first week of February).
2. The Departmental Representative's office must prepare the Annual Report. Responsible
Managers must provide the Departmental Representative with a status update on
Department's actions in response to active Board recommendations. The Secretarial
Officers, in conjunction with the points of contact, should provide technical input and
3. The Annual Report to Congress will include the Board-related activities of the
Department during the previous year. The Departmental Representative should address
the following topics in the report based on actual activities for the year:
a. introduction (areas of Board emphasis, recommendations issued);
4. For each active Board recommendation, if the implementation plan has not been or is not
expected to be complete within 1 year of plan issuance, the Annual Report should be used
by the Responsible Manager to notify Congress that more than 1 year will be required for
plan implementation. The notification must state the reasons for the requiring more than
1 year to complete and the date when implementation is expected to be completed (see
Chapter I, subparagraph 2a).
b. Departmental initiatives;
c. status of current year and previous year recommendations and implementation
d. progress in areas of Board emphasis; and
e. notification of implementation plans in excess of 1 year.