On Friday the White House issued a press release indicating the signature by the President of a new Executive Order [unnumbered until # assigned by NARA] that rescinds E. O. 12919 delegating the DPA to various departments. E.O 12919 rescinded among other Orders former Executive Orders E.O. 10480.
The Executive Order could be considered a rountine update and reflective of establishment of the Department of Homeland Security in 2003. This should have already occurred but better late than never.
The new Executive Order also rescinded Sections (3) and (4) of Section 401 [assigning duties to the Department of Commerce] of E.O. 12656 that read as follows:
“(3) In cooperation with the Secretary of Defense and other Federal departments and agencies, analyze potential effects of national security emergencies on actual production capability, taking into account the entire production complex, including shortages of resources, and develop preparedness measures to strengthen capabilities for production increases in national security emergencies;
(4) In cooperation with the Secretary of Defense, perform industry analyses to assess capabilities of the commercial industrial base to support the national defense, and develop policy alternatives to improve the international competitiveness of specific domestic industries and their abilities to meet defense program needs;”
It is unclear why this was necessary but given that the Department of Commerce is scheduled for reorganization by President Obama if Congress approves this may have some significance for that reorganization.