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DOD/OS RIN: 0790-AL56 Publication ID: Fall 2023 
Title: Definitions of Gold Star Family and Gold Star Survivor 

This rule implements section 626 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022 (Pub. L. 117-81) to establish standard definitions, for use across the military departments, of the terms "gold star family" and "gold star survivor."

Agency: Department of Defense(DOD)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 32 CFR 46   
Legal Authority: Pub. L. 117-81   
Legal Deadline:
Action Source Description Date
Final  Statutory  Sec. 626 of the NDAA 2022 (Pub. L. 117-81)  12/27/2022 

Overall Description of Deadline: Section 626 of the NDAA 2022 (Pub, L. 117-81) requires publication of an interim final rule no later than one year after the date of the enactment of this Act.

Statement of Need:

The objective of the rule is to establish standard definitions, for use across the military departments, of the terms gold star family and gold star survivor.  

Summary of the Legal Basis:

This rule is proposed under the authorities of section 626(c) of Public Law 117-81, FY 2022 NDAA.


The alternative is to take no action. 

Anticipated Costs and Benefits:

The cost to publish this new rule and update the Defense Department’s policies is estimated at $900,000. This includes the public’s time to review the proposed rule and resources needed to respond to any public comments, publish the interim rule, revise policies, and possibly revamp the Navy and Coast Guard’s long-term case management programs.


This action does not reduce risks to public health, safety, or the environment, or effect other risks within the jurisdiction of the Defense Department. 

Action Date FR Cite
Interim Final Rule  04/00/2024 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: Yes 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Lisiane Valentine
Department of Defense
Office of the Secretary
4000 Defense Pentagon, Room 1C546,
Washington, DC 20301
Phone:571 372-5319