Summary of Major Areas of Responsibility

It is sometimes difficult to pigeonhole individual questions or cases referred to the office, since many of them cut across functional lines. However, the work of the Office normally falls into seven key areas or groups of areas. A Deputy General Counsel is responsible for each of the divisions listed below.
SAF/GCA - Fiscal, Ethics and Administrative Law

The Fiscal, Ethics and Administrative Law Division has responsibilities in several distinct practice areas. Attorneys in this division provide advice and assistance in the following: fiscal law, ethics, civilian personnel law, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and the Privacy Act, Air Force organization and administration, claims, and accident and safety investigations.
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SAF/GCI - International Affairs

The Intelligence, International & Military Affairs Division resolves legal issues involving international agreements, foreign operations, international cooperative Research, Development, Test, and Engineering (RDT&E), security assistance, international intelligence operations, activities in outer space, air law, information operations, and many other international matters involving the Department of the Air Force. The division represents Air Force legal interests in a variety of international fora, including meetings of United Nations Committees, Boards of NATO Organizations, multinational satellite organizations and other international bodies.

GCI also provides advice on a wide variety of military personnel policy matters and cases; advise concerning investigations of alleged misconduct by senior officials; provide legal support to the Secretary of the Air Force Personnel Council and the Air Force Board for Correction of Military Records; and furnish oversight and direction for civil litigation arising from military personnel actions, policies, and Correction Board decisions.

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SAF/GCN - Installations, Energy and Environmental Law

Attorneys in the Installations, Energy and Environmental Law Division provide legal advice, counsel, and representation for virtually all matters related to Air Force installations and the environment. These matters include: the acquisition, testing and beddown of new weapon systems; natural resources conservation and management; compliance and remediation requirements and liabilities of federal and state environmental laws and negotiations flowing from them; hazardous waste management and disposal; base closure, realignment and reuse; military construction; real property acquisition, use, management and disposal; and environmental planning, among others. Attorneys of the Installations, Energy and Environmental Law Division primarily serve officials at Headquarters Air Force but can advise clients at all organizational levels of the Air Force. The Division also advises the Center of Excellence for Environment, Facilities and Installations, and the Energy Directorate within the Air Force Civil Engineer Center (AFCEC).
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SAF/GCQ - Acquisition

The Acquisition Division provide advice and assistance on acquisition, technology, and logistics matters. The office provides advice on acquisition policy and contracting procedure and participates in planning, source selection, and execution of major acquisition programs. In addition, attorneys represent the Air Force in the defense of bid protests, oversee contract related litigation, and coordinate remedies on procurement fraud investigations.
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SAF/GCR - Contractor Responsibility and Conflict Resolution

The Contractor Responsibility and Conflict Resolution Division leads two unique, specialized programs that protect and promote critical Air Force mission objectives.  The Contractor Responsibility Program evaluates the ethics and compliance practices of Air Force business partners.  The office performs contractor and grantee responsibility reviews under FAR Subpart 9.4 and 2 CFR 1125, and pursues all available legal remedies in cases of contractor misconduct.  The Conflict Resolution Program spearheads efforts to enhance negotiations skill across the air Force, and promotes the use of Alternative Dispute Resolution to improve conflict management across all disciplines.
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