DOD Proposes to Clarify Requirements and Support for Contractor Personnel Accompanying U.S. Forces Abroad

December 4, 2013

DOD Proposes to Clarify Requirements and Support for Contractor Personnel Accompanying U.S. Forces Abroad

On October 31, 2013, the Department of Defense (DOD) issued a proposed rule that would revise the DFARS to align with the DOD Instruction on operational contract support. In addition to clarifying the definition of contractors authorized to accompany the force (CAAF), the proposed rule would better define the benefits and requirements applicable to such contractors. The proposed rule would clarify that CAAF personnel would only be entitled to emergency medical and dental care for injuries sustained while supporting applicable operations. Additionally, the proposed rule would more firmly establish the requirement that CAAFs not only enter personnel information into the Synchronized Predeployment and Operational Tracker (SPOT) prior to deployment, but that CAAFs ensure that this information remains accurate and up-to-date through the duration of deployment. Finally, the proposed rule would clearly state that personnel authorized to carry arms for personal protection may only use such arms for individual defense. This is not intended to be a new policy, but rather a more clear and concise statement of existing policy. Comments on the proposed rule must be submitted on or before December 30, 2013. (78 Fed. Reg. 65244, 10/31/2013.) 






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