Legal Effectiveness of a Presidential Directive, as Compared to an Executive Order

Headnotes: 

A presidential directive has the same substantive legal effect as an executive order. It is the substance of the presidential action that is determinative, not the form of the document conveying that action.

Both an executive order and a presidential directive remain effective upon a change in administration, unless otherwise specified in the document, and both continue to be effective until subsequent presidential action is taken.

Updated July 9, 2014