H. R. 335
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
January 15, 2021
Mr. Smith of Washington introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Armed Services
To provide for an exception to a limitation against appointment of persons as Secretary of Defense within seven years of relief from active duty as a regular commissioned officer of the Armed Forces.
Exception to limitation against appointment of persons as Secretary of Defense within seven years of relief from active duty as regular commissioned officers of the Armed Forces
Notwithstanding the second sentence of section 113(a) of title 10, United States Code, the first person appointed, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, as Secretary of Defense in an appointment made on or after January 20, 2021, may be a person who is, on the date of appointment, within seven years after relief, but not within four years after relief, from active duty as a commissioned officer of a regular component of the Armed Forces.
This section applies only to the first person nominated after 12 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time) on January 20, 2021, and appointed as Secretary of Defense as described in subsection (a), and to no other person.