[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 81 (Friday, April 26, 2013)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 24694-24697]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-09672]


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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Office of the Secretary

32 CFR Part 60

[Docket ID DOD-2008-OS-0128]
RIN 0790-AI40


Family Advocacy Command Assistance Team (FACAT)

AGENCY: Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and 
Readiness, DoD.

ACTION: Proposed rule.

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SUMMARY: This part updates Department of Defense (DoD) policy and 
responsibilities and prescribes procedures for the implementation and 
use of the FACAT in accordance with 10 U.S.C. 1794. It is DoD policy to 
provide a safe and secure environment for DoD personnel and their 
families by promoting the prevention, early identification, and 
intervention in all allegations of child abuse and neglect.

DATES: Comments must be received by June 25, 2013.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by docket number and/or 
RIN number and title, by any of the following methods:
     Federal Rulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. 
Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
     Mail: Federal Docket Management System Office, 4800 Mark 
Center Drive, East Tower, Suite 02G09, Alexandria, VA 22350-3100.
    Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name 
and docket number or Regulatory Information Number (RIN) for this 
Federal Register document. The general policy for comments and other 
submissions from members of the public is to make these submissions 
available for public viewing on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov as they are received without change, including any 
personal identifiers or contact information.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mary Campise, 571-372-5346.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Executive Summary

I. Purpose of the Regulatory Action

    To establish DoD policy, assign responsibilities, and prescribe 
procedures for implementation and use of the multi-disciplinary Family 
Advocacy Command Assistant Team to respond to allegations of child 
sexual abuse in DoD-sanctioned childcare and youth activities.
    a. The need for the regulatory action and how the action will meet 
that need.
    Child sexual abuse allegations in DoD-sanctioned childcare and 
youth activities require a coordinated community response between law 
enforcement, child protection agencies, and the setting from which the 
allegation arose. Local teams who may not be sufficiently resourced to 
conduct large scale investigations and coordinate an effective multi-
level response can request the deployment and support of the FACAT to 
foster cooperation among the DoD, other Federal agencies, and 
responsible civilian authorities when addressing allegations of child 
sexual abuse in DoD-sanctioned activities; promote timely and 
comprehensive reporting of all allegations; and actively seek 
prosecution of alleged perpetrators to the fullest extent of the law.
    b. Succinct statement of legal authority for the regulatory action 
(explaining, in brief, the legal authority laid out later in the 
preamble).
    Section 1794 of title 10, United States Code (U.S.C.) requires the 
Secretary of Defense to maintain a special task force to respond to 
allegations of widespread child abuse at a military installation. The 
task force shall be composed of personnel from appropriate disciplines, 
including, medicine, psychology, and child development. This task force 
will provide assistance to the commander of the installation, and to 
parents at the installation, to effectively deal with the allegations.

II. Summary of the Major Provisions of the Regulatory Action in 
Question

    a. This regulatory action establishes a DoD multi-disciplinary 
Family Advocacy Command Assistant Team (FACAT) to support local 
installation personnel in responding to extrafamilial child sexual 
abuse allegations in DoD sanctioned childcare and youth activities.
    b. The deployment of the FACAT provides a coordinated and 
comprehensive DoD response to assist the Military Department upon DoD 
Component request to address allegations when local resources are 
limited.
    c. The goal of the FACAT is to foster cooperation among the DoD, 
other Federal agencies, and responsible civilian authorities when 
addressing allegations of extrafamilial child sexual abuse in DoD-
sanctioned activities, to ensure the timely and comprehensive reporting 
of all incidents to the appropriate authorities, and to seek 
prosecution of alleged perpetrators to the fullest extent of the law 
when appropriate.

III. Costs and Benefits

    The benefit to the Department and to the public is to provide safe 
and secure environments for children of DoD personnel and their 
families by promoting a coordinated community response to allegations 
of child sexual abuse arising in DoD-sanctioned childcare and youth 
activities settings. The deployment of the FACAT to support local 
communities ensures that alleged offenders are identified, assessed, 
investigated, and prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Further, 
the multidisciplinary and well-coordinated approach promotes the 
identification of all potential child victims and provides a safe and 
secure setting for these children to be interviewed, assessed, and 
supported. Per Section 1794 of Title 10, United States Code, this rule 
has an internal reporting requirement that will cost the Department of 
Defense $600 annually. Costs for this program include salaries of 
government employees, training costs of approximately $30,000 every 
three years, and up to $15,000 to deploy a FACAT of five team members 
per response. There were no FACATs deployed in FY 2011, and there was 
one FACAT deployed in FY 2010. The cost of the FY 2010 deployment was 
approximately $7,500.

Executive Order 12866, ``Regulatory Planning and Review'' and Executive 
Order 13563, ``Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review''

    It has been certified that 32 CFR part 60 does not:
    (1) Have an annual effect on the economy of $100 million or more or 
adversely affect in a material way the economy; a section of the 
economy; productivity; competition; jobs; the environment; public 
health or safety; or State, local, or tribal governments or 
communities;
    (2) Create a serious inconsistency or otherwise interfere with an 
action taken or planned by another Agency;
    (3) Materially alter the budgetary impact of entitlements, grants, 
user fees, or loan programs, or the rights and obligations of 
recipients thereof; or

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    (4) Raise novel legal or policy issues arising out of legal 
mandates, the President's priorities, or the principles set forth in 
these Executive Orders.

Sec. 202, Public Law 104-4, ``Unfunded Mandates Reform Act''

    It has been certified that 32 CFR part 60 does not contain a 
Federal mandate that may result in expenditure by State, local and 
tribal governments, in aggregate, or by the private sector, of $100 
million or more in any one year.

Public Law 96-354, ``Regulatory Flexibility Act'' (5 U.S.C. 601)

    It has been certified that 32 CFR part 60 is not subject to the 
Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601) because it would not, if 
promulgated, have a significant economic impact on a substantial number 
of small entities.

Public Law 96-511, ``Paperwork Reduction Act'' (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35)

    It has been certified that 32 CFR part 60 does not impose reporting 
or recordkeeping requirements under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 
1995.

Executive Order 13132, ``Federalism''

    It has been certified that 32 CFR part 60 does not have federalism 
implications, as set forth in Executive Order 13132. This rule does not 
substantial direct effects on:
    (1) The States;
    (2) The relationship between the National Government and the 
States; or
    (3) The distribution of power and responsibilities among the 
various levels of Government.

List of Subjects in 32 CFR Part 60

    Family Advocacy Command Assistance Team, Family health, Child 
abuse.

    Accordingly 32 CFR part 60 is proposed to be added to read as 
follows:

PART 60--FAMILY ADVOCACY COMMAND ASSISTANCE TEAM (FACAT)

Sec.
60.1 Purpose.
60.2 Applicability.
60.3 Definitions.
60.4 Policy.
60.5 Responsibilities.
60.6 Procedures.

    Authority:  10 U.S.C. 1794; 42 U.S.C. 13031.


Sec.  60.1  Purpose.

    (a) This part establishes policy, assigns responsibilities, and 
prescribes procedures for implementation and use of the FACAT in 
accordance with section 1794 of title 10, United States Code (U.S.C.)
    (b) Reserved


Sec.  60.2  Applicability.

    (a) This part applies to Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), 
the Military Departments, the Office of the Chairman of the Joint 
Chiefs of Staff and the Joint Staff, the Combatant Commands, the Office 
of the Inspector General of the Department of Defense, the Defense 
Agencies, the DoD Field Activities and all other organizational 
entities in the DoD (hereinafter referred to collectively as the ``DoD 
Components'').
    (b) The term ``Military Services,'' as used herein, refers to the 
Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps.


Sec.  60.3  Definitions.

    Unless otherwise noted, these terms and their definitions are for 
the purpose of this part.
    Child. An unmarried person under 18 years of age for whom a parent, 
guardian, foster parent, caregiver, employee of a residential facility, 
or any staff person providing out-of-home care is legally responsible.
    (1) The term ``child'' means a biological child, adopted child, 
stepchild, foster child, or ward.
    (2) The term also includes a sponsor's family member (except the 
sponsor's spouse) of any age who is incapable of self-support because 
of a mental or physical incapacity, and for whom treatment in a DoD 
medical treatment program is authorized.
    Child abuse. The physical or sexual abuse, emotional abuse, or 
neglect of a child by a parent, guardian, foster parent, or by a 
caregiver, whether the caregiver is intrafamilial or extrafamilial, 
under circumstances indicating the child's welfare is harmed or 
threatened. Such acts by a sibling, other family member, or other 
person shall be deemed to be child abuse only when the individual is 
providing care under express or implied agreement with the parent, 
guardian, or foster parent.
    Child sexual abuse. The employment, use, persuasion, inducement, 
enticement, or coercion of any child to engage in, or assist any other 
person to engage in, any sexually explicit conduct or simulation of 
such conduct for the purpose of producing a visual depiction of such 
conduct; or the rape, and in cases of caretaker or inter-familial 
relationships, statutory rape, molestation, prostitution, or other form 
of sexual exploitation of children, or incest with children
    DoD-sanctioned activity. A U.S. Government activity or a 
nongovernmental activity authorized by appropriate DoD officials to 
perform child care or supervisory functions on DoD controlled property. 
The care and supervision of children may be either its primary mission 
or incidental in carrying out another mission (e.g., medical care). 
Examples include Child Development Centers, Department of Defense 
Dependents Schools, Youth Activities, School Age/Latch Key Programs, 
Family Day Care providers, and child care activities that may be 
conducted as a part of a chaplain's program or as part of another 
Morale, Welfare, or Recreation Program.
    Family Advocacy Command Assistant Team (FACAT). A multidisciplinary 
team composed of specially trained and experienced individuals who are 
on-call to provide advice and assistance on cases of child sexual abuse 
that involve DoD-sanctioned activities.
    Family Advocacy Program Director (FAPD). An individual designated 
by the Secretary of the Military Department or the head of another DoD 
Component to manage, monitor, and coordinate the FAP at the 
headquarters level.
    Family Advocacy Program Manager (FAPM). An individual designated by 
the Secretary of the Military Department to manage, monitor, and 
coordinate the FAP at the headquarters level.
    Military criminal investigative organization (MCIO). U.S. Army 
Criminal Investigation Command, Naval Criminal Investigative Service, 
and Air Force Office of Special Investigations.
    Out-of-home care. The responsibility of care for and/or supervision 
of a child in a setting outside the child's home by an individual 
placed in a caretaker role sanctioned by a Military Service or Defense 
Agency or authorized by the Service or Defense Agency as a provider of 
care. Examples include a child development center, school, recreation 
program, family child care, and child care activities that may be 
conducted as a part of a chaplain's program or as part of another 
morale, welfare, or recreation program.
    Sponsor. A member of a Military Service, federal civil servant, or 
a civilian who is eligible for authorized care through DoD medical 
treatment programs.


Sec.  60.4  Policy.

    It is DoD policy to:
    (a) Provide a safe and secure environment for DoD personnel and 
their families by promoting the prevention, early identification, and 
intervention in all allegations of child abuse and neglect in 
accordance with DoD Directive 6400.1, ``Family Advocacy Program (FAP)'' 
(see http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/corres/pdf/640001p.pdf).

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    (b) Promote early identification and intervention in allegations of 
extrafamilial child sexual abuse in accordance with DoD Directive 
6400.1 as it applies to DoD-sanctioned activities.
    (c) Provide a coordinated and comprehensive DoD response through 
the deployment of the FACAT to assist the Military Department upon DoD 
Component request to address allegations of extrafamilial child sexual 
abuse in DoD-sanctioned activities.
    (d) Foster cooperation among the DoD, other Federal agencies, and 
responsible civilian authorities when addressing allegations of 
extrafamilial child sexual abuse in DoD-sanctioned activities.
    (e) Promote timely and comprehensive reporting of all incidents 
covered by this part.
    (f) As appropriate, actively seek prosecution of alleged 
perpetrators to the fullest extent of the law.
    (g) Ensure that personally identifiable information, to include 
protected health information collected, used, and released by covered 
entities in the execution of this part is protected as required by DoD 
6025.18-R, ``DoD Health Information Privacy Regulation'' (see http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/corres/pdf/602518r.pdf) and 5 U.S.C. 552a 
as implemented in the Department of Defense by 32 CFR part 310.


Sec.  60.5  Responsibilities.

    (a) The Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military 
Community and Family Policy (DASD(MC&FP)), under the authority, 
direction, and control of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for 
Readiness and Force Management, shall:
    (1) Monitor compliance with this part.
    (2) Train, maintain, and support a team of full-time or permanent 
part-time federal officers or employees from various disciplines to 
comprise the FACAT and respond to child sexual abuse in DoD-sanctioned 
activities.
    (3) Develop and coordinate criteria for determining the appropriate 
professional disciplines, support staff, and the required capabilities 
of FACAT members.
    (4) Ensure that policies and guidelines on activation and use of 
the FACAT are shared and coordinated with the DoD Components.
    (5) Program, budget, and allocate funds for the FACAT.
    (6) Appoint the chief of the FACAT and team members, and provide 
required logistical support when the FACAT is deployed.
    (7) Coordinate the management and interaction of this effort with 
other Federal and civilian agencies as necessary.
    (8) Foster general awareness of FACAT goals and responsibilities.
    (b) The Secretaries of the Military Departments shall:
    (1) Ensure compliance with this part throughout their respective 
Departments.
    (2) Establish departmental procedures to implement with this part.
    (3) Designate nominees for the FACAT upon request and ensure 
replacements are nominated when vacancies are indicated.
    (4) Ensure that commanders and staff are aware of the availability 
and proper use of the FACAT and the procedures for requesting a FACAT 
to assist in addressing extrafamilial child sexual abuse allegations 
covered by this part.
    (5) Encourage timely and comprehensive reporting in accordance with 
this part.


Sec.  60.6  Procedures.

    (a) Reporting requirements. Any person with a reasonable belief 
that an incident of child abuse has occurred in a DoD-sanctioned 
activity must report it to:
    (1) The appropriate civilian agency in accordance with 42 U.S.C. 
13031 and 28 CFR 81.1-81.5.
    (2) The installation FAP as required by DoD Directive 6400.1.
    (b) Notification of Suspected Abuse.
    (1) Physical or Emotional Abuse or Neglect. If a report of 
suspected child physical abuse, emotional abuse, or neglect in a DoD-
sanctioned activity is made to the FAP, the FAPM shall:
    (i) Notify the appropriate military or civilian law enforcement 
agency, or multiple law enforcement agencies as appropriate.
    (ii) Contact the appropriate civilian child protective services 
agency, if any, to request assistance.
    (2) Sexual Abuse. If a report of suspected child sexual abuse in a 
DoD-sanctioned activity is made to the FAP, the FAPM, in addition to 
the procedures noted in paragraph (b)(1) of this section, shall:
    (i) Immediately notify the servicing MCIO and civilian law 
enforcement as appropriate.
    (ii) Forward the report required by 10 U.S.C. 1794 through DoD 
Component FAP channels to the DASD(MC&FP) within 72 hours.
    (iii) Consult with the person in charge of the DoD-sanctioned 
activity and the appropriate law enforcement agency to estimate the 
number of potential victims and determine whether an installation 
response team may be appropriate to address the investigative, medical, 
psychological, and public affairs issues that may arise.
    (iv) Notify the installation commander of the allegation and 
recommend whether an installation response team may be appropriate to 
assess the current situation and coordinate the installation's response 
to the incidents.
    (v) Provide a written follow-up report through DoD Component 
channels regarding all allegations of child sexual abuse to the 
DASD(MC&FP) when:
    (A) There have been significant changes in the status of the case;
    (B) There are more than five potential victims;
    (C) The sponsors of the victims are from different Military 
Services or DoD Components;
    (D) There is increased community sensitivity to the allegation; or
    (E) The DASD(MC&FP) has requested a follow-up report.
    (c) Requesting a FACAT. An installation commander may request a 
FACAT through appropriate DoD Component channels from the DASD(MC&FP) 
when alleged child sexual abuse by a care provider in a DoD-sanctioned-
activity has been reported and at least one of the following apply:
    (1) Additional personnel are needed to:
    (i) Fully investigate a report of child sexual abuse by a care 
provider or employee in a DoD-sanctioned activity;
    (ii) Assess the needs of the child victims and their families; or
    (iii) Provide supportive treatment to the child victims and their 
families.
    (2) The victims are from different Military Services or DoD 
Components, or there are multiple care providers who are the subjects 
of the report from different Military Services or DoD Components.
    (3) Significant issues in responding to the allegations have arisen 
between the Military Services or DoD Components and other Federal 
agencies or civilian authorities.
    (4) The situation has potential for widespread public interest that 
could negatively impact performance of the DoD mission.
    (d) Deployment of a FACAT.
    (1) The DASD(MC&FP) shall deploy a FACAT at the request of a DoD 
Component.
    (2) The DASD(MC&FP) may deploy a FACAT at the request of the Head 
of the DoD Component without a request from the installation commander. 
Such circumstances include a case where:
    (i) The victims are from different Military Services or DoD 
Components, or there are multiple care providers who are the subjects 
of the report from different Military Services or DoD Components;

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    (ii) Significant issues in responding to the allegations have 
arisen between the Military Services or DoD Components and other 
Federal agencies or civilian authorities; or
    (iii) The situation has potential for widespread public interest 
that could negatively impact performance of the DoD mission.
    (3) The DASD(MC&FP) shall configure the FACAT based on the 
information and recommendations of the requestor, the installation 
FAPM, and the FAPD of the DoD Component.
    (4) The DASD(MC&FP) shall:
    (i) Request the FAPDs to identify several individuals from the 
FACAT roster who are available for deployment.
    (ii) Request, through the appropriate channels of the DoD 
Component, that the individuals' supervisors release them from normal 
duty positions to serve on temporary duty with the deploying FACAT.
    (5) The DASD(MC&FP) shall provide fund citations to the FACAT 
members for their travel orders and per diem and shall provide 
information regarding travel arrangements. The FACAT members shall be 
responsible for preparing travel orders and making travel arrangements.
    (6) FACAT members who are subject to DoD Instruction 6025.13, 
``Medical Quality Assurance (MQA) and Clinical Quality Management in 
the Military Health System (MHS)'' (see http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/corres/pdf/602513p.pdf) shall be responsible for arranging 
temporary clinical privileges in accordance with DoD 6025.13-R, 
``Military Health System (MHS) Clinical Quality Assurance (CQA) Program 
Regulation'' (see http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/corres/pdf/602513r.pdf) at the installation to which they shall be deployed.
    (e) FACAT Tasks. The FACAT shall meet with the installation's 
commanding officer, the MCIO, or designated response team to assess the 
current situation and assist in coordinating the installation's 
response to the incidents. Depending on the composition of the team, 
such tasks may include:
    (1) Investigating the allegations.
    (2) Conducting medical and mental health assessment of the victims 
and their families.
    (3) Developing and implementing plans to provide appropriate 
treatment and support for the victims and their families and for the 
non-abusing staff of the DoD-sanctioned activity.
    (4) Coordinating with local officials to manage public affairs 
tasks.
    (f) Reports of FACAT Activities. The FACAT leader designated by the 
DASD(MC&FP) or the installation commander depending on the composition 
of the team shall prepare three types of reports:
    (1) Daily briefs for the installation commander or designee.
    (2) Periodic updates to the FAPD of the DoD Component and to the 
DASD(MC&FP).
    (3) An after-action brief for the installation commander briefed at 
the completion of the deployment and transmitted to the DASD(MC&FP) and 
the FAPD of the DoD Component.

    Dated: April 19, 2013.
Aaron Siegel,
Alternate OSD Federal Register Liaison Officer, Department of Defense.
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