Office of the Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Army
Seal of the Office of the Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Army
|Jurisdiction||United States Army|
|Headquarters||The Pentagon, Arlington County, Virginia, U.S.|
|Parent agency||United States Department of the Army|
The Office of the Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Army (OAA) has a primary mission, as specified in Title 10 of the United States Code and reiterated in General Orders and Regulations, to provide direct support to the Secretary of the Army, the Under Secretary of the Army and other Army presidential appointees. In accordance with Army Regulation (AR) 25–59, OAA's office symbol is SAAA.
In 1789 Congress enacted legislation that provided for a Chief Clerk to assist the Secretary of War. As the United States grew, the duties and responsibilities for the Office of the Chief Clerk also grew. The associated bodies significantly expanded and the title changed. The office is known today as the Office of the Administrative Assistant (OAA) to the Secretary of the Army. The Administrative Assistant has duties in Executive Services and Operations Support and Business Activities.
The Executive Services function comprises special staff elements formed to assist the Administrative Assistant in carrying out Title 10 responsibilities: maintaining custody of all records, books, and papers of the Department of the Army; acting on behalf of the Secretary on administrative matters; providing advice on management issues and administrative continuity within the Army during normal changes; and serving as the primary Army point of contact for transitions between Presidential Administrations.
Operations Support and Business Activities
In addition to its Headquarters element, business activities are carried out through field operating agencies that provide administrative products and operational services to a diverse and dynamic customer base in two distinct functional areas: U.S. Army Headquarters Services, and Center of Military History. The customer base encompasses the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Defense agencies, and the Service Departments, as well as the Army’s Headquarters, Staff support, and field operating agencies. The OAA is also engaged in collateral agreements and customer/provider relationships with other Federal agencies. Its geographic network of products and services includes the Pentagon, major commands within the National Capital Region, and field agencies worldwide.
Mission, Vision, and Motto
The Office of the Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Army provides executive-level administrative support to the Secretary of the Army and senior army leaders. OAA manages resources for Headquarters, Department of the Army; and manages the army publishing, records management, and historical and heraldry programs. OAA also provides visual information services, security, safety, and other support services to a diverse customer base.
The primary mission, as specified in Title 10 of the United States Code and reiterated in General Orders and Army Regulations, is to provide direct support to the Secretary of the Army and other Army political appointees. Click here to view a full listing of Title 10 Administrative Assistant duties.
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OAA has two principle components and a multitude of sub-components shown below.
- OAA Headquarters
- Administrative Assistant's Action Group
- Staff Action Control Office
- Chief Attorney
- Civilian Aides to the Secretary of the Army
- Diversity and Equal Employment Opportunity
- Human Resource Management Directorate
- Resource Services - Washington
- Special Programs Directorate
- The Institute of Heraldry
- US Army Headquarters Services
- Army Multimedia and Visual Information Directorate
- Army Publishing Directorate (APD)
- Pentagon Chaplain
- Directorate of Executive Travel
- Real Estate and Facilities-Army
- Records Management and Declassification Agency
- HQDA Directorate of Mission Assurance
- Support Services-Washington
- Center of Military History
(Under the operational control of US Army Training and Doctrine Command effective 1 May 2019)
- Field Programs and Historical Services
- National Museum of the United States Army
- List of positions filled by presidential appointment with Senate confirmation
- Title 10 of the United States Code
Notes and References
- "OAA Vision & Mission", OAA, 2010
- "Information Management: Records Management - Office Symbols", AR 25–59, Headquarters Department of the Army, 14 August 2007 
- "Who We Are, 2008". Office of the Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Army. Retrieved 1 January 2008.
- "Executive Services, 2008". Office of the Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Army. Retrieved 1 January 2008.
- "Operations Support and Business Activities, 2008". Office of the Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Army. Retrieved 1 January 2008.
- "Office of the Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Army", OAA, 2009 
- "OAA Organizational Structure". Office of the Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Army. Retrieved 17 June 2017.