DAOD 1000-10, Policy Framework for Corporate Administration Management

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Operating Principles
  3. Functional Areas
  4. Administration
  5. Responsibility
  6. References

1. Introduction

Date of Issue: 2017-01-20

Date of last modification: 2023-03-09

Application: This Defence Administrative Order and Directive (DAOD) is a directive that applies to employees of the Department of National Defence (DND employees) and an order that applies to officers and non-commissioned members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF members).

Approval Authorities:

Enquiries: Director Strategic Corporate Services (DSCS)

2. Operating Principles


2.1 This policy framework DAOD sets out the functional areas for corporate administration management in which specific level one (L1) advisors and other senior officials have been assigned functional authority to develop and issue policy and instructional DAODs. In developing DAODs within this framework, L1 advisors and other senior officials are encouraged to proceed in a collaborative and consultative manner to ensure policy coherence.

2.2 This DAOD must be read in conjunction with DAOD 1000-0, Foundation Framework for Defence Administrative Orders and Directives.

Use of Other Instruments

2.3 L1 advisors and other senior officials may also develop and issue manuals, standard operating procedures and other similar instruments other than DAODs in an assigned or authorized functional area to provide detailed instruction and guidance for DND employees and CAF members. These other instruments must be identified in an appropriate policy or instructional DAOD issued by an L1 advisor or other senior official.

3. Functional Areas

Assigned Functional Areas

3.1 The DM and the CDS assign functional authority to L1 advisors and other senior officials to develop and issue DAODs in the functional areas of corporate administration management as set out in the following table:

L1 Advisors and Other Senior Officials Functional Areas
Vice Chief of the Defence Staff (VCDS)
  • National Defence Headquarters administration
  • cross-functional staff coordination
  • Defence Services Programme management
  • business planning
  • investment planning, excluding affordability, sustainability, reporting and monitoring
  • organization and establishment
  • integrated risk management
  • performance management
  • reports to Parliament (the Report on Plans and Priorities and the Departmental Performance Report)
  • project approval process
  • force development
  • enterprise architecture
  • joint with the Assistant Deputy Minister (Materiel):
    • project management policy
Chief of the Army Staff
  • land force capability requirements
Chief Professional Conduct and Culture 
  • Organizational Values and Ethics
Commander Canadian Joint Operations Command
  • joint training
Assistant Deputy Minister (Policy)
  • Cabinet Liaison
  • Military Training and Cooperation Programme (MTCP)
  • strategic defence policy
  • parliamentary affairs
Assistant Deputy Minister (Materiel)
  • joint with the VCDS:
    • project management policy
Assistant Deputy Minister (Finance)/Chief Financial Officer
  • affordability, sustainability, reporting and monitoring of investment planning
  • management accountability framework
  • Governor in Council, Minister of National Defence (MND), and Treasury Board submissions

Assistant Deputy Minister (Review Services)

  • audit programme
  • evaluation programme
  • Non Public Fund audit programme
  • conflict of interest
  • post-employment measures
  • internal disclosure and wrongdoing
  • fraud risk management programme
  • administrative investigations
Assistant Deputy Minister (Public Affairs)
  • public affairs related to the Department of National Defence (DND) and the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), including:
    • media relations and public announcements;
    • issue management and crisis communications;
    • marketing, advertising and visual identity;
    • public affairs training;
    • electronic and print publishing of communications products;
    • public opinion research; and
    • corporate internal communications
Chief of Defence Intelligence
  • defence intelligence programs, administration and activities across the DND and the CAF, including deployed operations
  • oversight and direction of defence intelligence
  • domestic and international defence intelligence relationships
  • collection, production and dissemination of defence intelligence
  • governance, accountability and review frameworks for defence intelligence
  • development of future defence intelligence capabilities
  • meteorology and oceanography
Corporate Secretary
  • management of the:
    • accountability, responsibility and authority framework;
    • governance committee framework and processes; and
    • DAOD, Canadian Forces Administrative Orders and Civilian Personnel Administrative Orders collections.
  • ministerial correspondence
  • portfolio governance and coordination
  • MND and DM decision documents

Authorization for Other L1 Advisors and Senior Officials to Develop DAODs

3.2 Any other L1 advisor or senior official who has not been provided with functional authority under paragraph 3.1, but who wishes to develop a DAOD related to a functional area set out in that paragraph in order to exercise functional authority, must:

  1. consult with the appropriate L1 advisor or other senior official identified in paragraph 3.1 and obtain their written concurrence for functional authority to develop and issue a DAOD in that functional area; and
  2. send a request to the DM, the CDS or both, as applicable, with detailed substantiation for the functional authority to develop and issue a DAOD in that functional area.

3.3 A request under paragraph 3.2 must be staffed through the DSCS and reviewed by the Corporate Administrative Management Policy Steering Committee (CAMPSC), prior to forwarding for authorization to the DM, the CDS or both, as applicable.

Assignment of Duties by the CDS

3.4 With the approval of this DAOD, the CDS assigns duties to persons holding the positions set out in paragraph 3.1, or who are authorized under paragraph 3.2, to issue appropriate DAODs and other instruments as required in their functional areas. By this assignment of duties, these persons may issue DAODs and other instruments as orders to CAF members, in accordance with QR&O article 1.235, Authority of Other Persons to Issue Orders and Instructions, that are required to give effect to the decisions and carry out the directions of the Government of Canada and the MND.

4. Administration

Review Requirements

4.1 The CAMPSC must ensure that the functional areas listed in paragraph 3.1 are reviewed every five years and, if necessary, modified to ensure that the assignments are still current.

DAOD Monitoring and Reporting

4.2 Monitoring of the DAODs authorized under this DAOD must be conducted by the L1 advisors and other senior officials referred to in paragraph 3.1 or as authorized under paragraph 3.2, or as otherwise directed by the DM or the CDS. Each DAOD issued under this policy framework must be reviewed every three to five years, as determined by the applicable L1 advisors and other senior officials. The review schedule of the DAODs must be provided by the L1 advisors and other senior officials to the DSCS, who collates and manages the information for periodic review by the CAMPSC.


4.3 L1 advisors and other senior officials may address compliance in their DAODs issued under this policy framework.

Consequences of Non-Compliance

4.4 Non-compliance with this DAOD may have consequences for both the DND and the CAF as institutions.

5. Responsibility


5.1 In the case of any non-compliance with this DAOD, the affected L1 advisor or other senior official may notify the DM or the CDS, as applicable.

6. References

Acts, Regulations, Central Agency Policies and Policy DAOD

Other References

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