The White House issued a statement on Friday, June 3, 2022 regarding a waiver on defense spending that is intended to be used on facilities that housed former ISIS prisoners. The White House statement grants authority to Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin to increase the amount of US government spending that is permitted for “the cost of construction and repair projects in support of the Counter-ISIS campaign in Iraq and Syria.”

The statement refers to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that applies to 2022, the annual defense spending bill issued by US Congress, sections 1209 and 1236. The waiver process appears in section 1236, outlining a process for the DOD to get a waiver from the US president to spend more than the allotted amount.