View Author 19 February 2013
On January 2, 2013, President Obama signed into law the $633 billion National Defense Authorization Act (“NDAA”) for Fiscal Year (“FY”) 2013. See Pub. L. No. 112-239. As with the FY 2012 NDAA, the FY 2013 NDAA was stalled for many months and was enacted three months after the start of the 2013 fiscal year. The bill was passed by the House of Representatives, on December 20, 2012, by a 315-107 margin, while it passed the Senate on the next day by an 81-14 vote. The Administration’s principal issues with the FY 2013 NDAA included the impact of certain whistleblower protections on executive branch authority, the restrictions on retiring certain “unneeded” aircraft and ships, the rejection of cost-sharing measures in certain military health care programs, and the restrictions on transferring third-country nationals detained in Afghanistan.