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Office of Non-proliferation and Disarmament Fund (ISN/NDF)

MISSION STATEMENT

This office reports to the Assistant Secretary for International Security and Nonproliferation (ISN) through the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Nonproliferation and Negotiations. The Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security (T) holds final decision-making authority on all NDF activities. The role of this office is to supplement U.S. diplomatic efforts to promote bilateral and multilateral nonproliferation and disarmament activities authorized under section 504 of the FREEDOM Support Act of 1992 (P.L. 102-511), through the development, execution, and implementation worldwide of carefully selected projects designed to: 1) halt the proliferation of nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons, their delivery systems, related technologies, and other weapons; 2) destroy or neutralize existing weapons of mass destruction, their delivery systems, related sensitive materials, and conventional weapons; 3) limit the spread of advanced conventional weapons, their delivery systems, and related technologies; and 4) track, control, and secure dangerous materials, including fissile material, radiological material, pathogens, and chemical agents.

Key missions of this office include:

Nonproliferation and Disarmament Project Development and Management: Officers develop, coordinate, execute, implement, and evaluate projects in coordination with Department policymakers and the U.S. Government nonproliferation community to promote effective bilateral and multilateral nonproliferation and disarmament programs. They also advise the ISN Deputy Assistant Secretary, ISN Assistant Secretary, and Under Secretary for T on the most effective use of NDF assets to accomplish established Department nonproliferation and foreign policy objectives. The office also assures conformance with the strategic nonproliferation goals formulated by the President and the Secretary, and – in close coordination with the ISN office of SPO – briefs Congress on the use of NDF funds and on the results of projects undertaken by the NDF.

In fulfilling these responsibilities, the office: 1) negotiates with foreign governments, foreign contractors, U.S. Government agencies, and U.S. private contractors on project development and/or implementation issues; 2) determines resource requirements necessary to implement projects and provides supervision accordingly; 3) manages the congressional appropriation for the NDF; 4) obligates, de-obligates, or reprograms NDF funds using the Department’s Consolidated Financial Management System (CFMS) and a separate database developed and maintained by the NDF; 5) tracks NDF expenditures, invoices, payments, interagency money transfers, program recommendations, decisions, and congressional notifications and inquiries; 6) tracks program progress to measure achievements, reporting results to ISN leadership and the Under Secretary; 7) briefs members of the press, as appropriate, in coordination with ISN/SPO; 8) works closely with Bureau of Resource Management (RM), congressional staff, and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to secure ongoing funding for NDF nonproliferation activities. In carrying out its legislative mandate, this office serves as the executive agent for most projects.

The mechanism in place to review and evaluate proposal submissions is the NDF Review Panel, chaired by the Assistant Secretary. The Panel, however, is not part of ISN/NDF, but rather consists of senior managers from all the T bureaus serving at the appointment of the Under Secretary.

Director: Steve Saboe


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