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DOD - 241 - Board of Visitors, National Defense University - Agency Authority


Committee NameBoard of Visitors, National Defense UniversityAgency NameDepartment of Defense
Fiscal Year2022Committee Number241
Original Establishment Date11/10/1976Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*12
Current Charter Date8/30/2022Designated Fed Officer Position Title*DFO
Date Of Renewal Charter8/30/2024Designated Federal Officer PrefixDr.
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*John
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle NameW
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Yaeger
Establishment Authority*Agency AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*Department of Defense Decision DocumentDesignated Federal Officer Phone*(202) 664-2629
Effective Date Of Authority*11/10/1976Designated Federal Officer Fax*(202) 685-3920
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary CmteNot ApplicableDesignated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Type*Continuing
Committee Function*Non Scientific Program Advisory Board


Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNo
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The Board of Visitors (BOV), National Defense University (NDU) is comprised of members who have distinguished backgrounds in the fields of defense, management, leadership, academia, national military strategy, joint planning at all levels of war, joint doctrine, joint command and control, or joint requirements and development. The Board meets twice a year and at the conclusion of each meeting, the Chair prepares a memo of observations and recommendations to the Secretary of Defense through the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (CJCS), addressing pressing areas of concern from which NDU may require DOD and/or CJCS assistance.
How is membership balanced?*The Board shall be composed of no more than 12 members who have distinguished backgrounds in the fields of defense, management, leadership, academia, national military strategy, joint planning at all levels of war, joint doctrine, joint command and control, or joint requirements and development. These members will come from varied backgrounds including prior government or military service, multinational corporations, academia, or other nongovernment organizations and innovative private and public sector leaders.

The DoD, in evaluating candidates for the BoV NDU, considers the candidate’s educational and professional experience concerning the subject matter anticipated to be tasked to the BoV NDU. The DoD has found that viewing the complex issues facing the DoD through a multidisciplinary advisory committee provides the DoD and, more importantly, the American public with a broader
understanding of the issues on which subsequent policy decisions are based.

Membership shall be fairly balanced to provide a variety of background, experience, and thought in support of the BoV NDU’s mission. The BoV NDU’s membership balance is not static, and the DoD Appointing Authority may change the membership based upon work assigned to the BoV NDU by the DoD Appointing Authority or the CJCS, as the BoV NDU sponsor.

Each member, based upon his or her individual experience, exercises his or her own best judgment concerning matters before the BoV NDU, does not represent any particular point of view, and discusses and deliberates in a manner that is free from conflicts of interest.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The Board normally meets twice each calendar year or at the request of the BoV NDU’s DFO, in consultation with the BoV NDU’s Chair, the CJCS, and/or the President of the NDU. All meetings are highly relevant to what the University is doing both strategically and operationally, and positively impacts how the University does business. Its observations and guidance strengthen and sustain the overall mission, integrity and commitment of the University in achieving its stride for excellence, and makes significant contributions in evaluating and measuring the quality of education offered at this institution.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The Secretary of Defense has determined that no other DoD advisory committee can provide the independent advice provided by the Board on University matters such as accreditation compliance, as defined by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, organizational management, strategic planning, resource management, and other matters of interest to the NDU in fulfilling its mission. The BoV NDU also provides an assessment of NDU leadership for consideration by the CJCS, fulfilling essential Middle States Commission on Higher Education accreditation compliance.
Why close or partially close meetings?Meetings are not closed to the public unless the DoD determines that items on the planned agenda meet the closed meeting provisions of 5 U.S.C. § 552b(c). Pursuant to DoD policy closed meetings can only be authorized by the DoD Sponsor, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and only after consultation with the Chairman's Legal Advisor.
Recommendation RemarksThe Board of Visitors, National Defense University only met once during FY 2022 following the reconstitution of the board after Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin's Zero Based Review of the department's federal advisory committees. This year’s costs were substantially below the projected costs in last’s year annual report because the board only had 1 meeting instead of the projected 2 meetings. The increase in “Other Costs” reflects new contractor costs.


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*NoAction Reorganize Priorities*Yes
Outcome Trust In GovernmentYesAction Reallocate ResourcesYes
Outcome Major Policy ChangesYesAction Issued New RegulationsNo
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchYesAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryNoAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionYesAction CommentThe NDU Board of Visitors does not give advice on regulations or legislation and NDU does not provide any grant funding.
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsNoGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherYesNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentAssists in the process of accreditation and reaffirmation as required under the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) standards for accreditation; approves award of Honorary Degrees; supports legislative initiatives; supports fiscal initiatives; and advocates on behalf of the university with key constituents.Number Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentWhile unable to determine the actual cost savings, the advice provided by the Board to the Department of Defense, through the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff have led to NDU institutional improvements. The support of the Board provides necessary external governance to the University that is expected of an accredited institution of higher education. In this regard, the independent advice is immeasurable.Grants Review CommentNA
Number Of Recommendations*88Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentAt the conclusion of each Board meeting: the BOV Chair directs a letter to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff addressing salient meeting concerns and recommendations. Typically the board renders 2–3 recommendations at the conclusion of each biannual meeting to the CJCS for consideration and action as deemed appropriate.

In FY 2022, 6 recommendations were made.
Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*73.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentThe NDU President and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff have been very responsive and supportive of the Board's recommendations.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*19.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentSome recommendations are not actionable and provided to the Chairman and NDU President for consideration purposes only. All recommendations are highly regarded and are usually addressed in the CJCS response to the Board.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentAgenda, meeting minutes, handouts and presentation slides are uploaded on the NDU BOV web page for public viewing. These documents are also maintained in hard copy and archived.
Agency Feedback Comment*The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff will provide a written response to the letter sent to him by the Board if he deems a response is necessary. Additionally, the NDU-President gives a state of the University Address at the beginning of each Board meeting; this provides feedback to the BOV members on everything the Board may have previously addressed to the CJCS and university leadership. Any written feedback to the Board’s recommendations is provided to board members.Narrative Description*The Board provides independent advice and recommendations on the overall management and governance of the National Defense University in achieving its mission to educate joint Warfighters and other national security leaders in critical thinking and the creative application of military power to inform national strategy and globally integrated operations, under conditions of disruptive change, in order to prevail in war, peace, and competition. The Board advises the Secretary of Defense and the Deputy Secretary of Defense, through the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the President of the National Defense University, on accreditation compliance, organizational management, strategic planning, resource management, and other matters of interest to the National Defense University in support of its mission. The BoV NDU also provides an assessment of NDU leadership for consideration by the CJCS, fulfilling essential Middle States Commission on Higher Education accreditation compliance.
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Payments to Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Members*$0.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$66,521.76Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$110,890.45
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$3,938.52Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$12,221.47
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$0.00Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$0.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Other Costs$4,217.23Est. Other Costs Next FY*$8,679.07
Total Costs$74,677.51Est. Total Next FY*$131,790.99
Date Cost Last Modified9/15/2022 1:24 PMEst. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.66
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.41Est Cost RemarksThe estimated costs for next fiscal year assume 2 in-person meetings at Fort McNair. The estimated Federal Staff Support (FTE) for next year assumes a return to pre pandemic support levels and is based on the average of the 2 years preceding the pandemic.
Cost RemarksThe NDU BOV only met once during FY 2022 in a hybrid (part in-person/ part virtual) meeting.  
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Interest Areas

Management Science
Schools and Academic Institutions
Federal Government
Internal Federal Government
National Defense
National Security and Defense


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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-039075Board of Visitors, National Defense University2021
 COM-037551Board of Visitors, National Defense University2020
 COM-035677Board of Visitors, National Defense University2019
 COM-033055Board of Visitors, National Defense University2018
 COM-001392Board of Visitors, National Defense University2017
 COM-002912Board of Visitors, National Defense University2016
 COM-003566Board of Visitors, National Defense University2015
 COM-005015Board of Visitors, National Defense University2014
 COM-005667Board of Visitors, National Defense University2013
 COM-007159Board of Visitors, National Defense University2012
 COM-007719Board of Visitors, National Defense University2011
 COM-009356Board of Visitors, National Defense University2010
 COM-009823Board of Visitors, National Defense University2009
 COM-011183Board of Visitors, National Defense University2008
 COM-011663Board of Visitors, National Defense University2007
 COM-013051Board of Visitors, National Defense University2006
 COM-013551Board of Visitors, National Defense University2005
 COM-014967Board of Visitors, National Defense University2004
 COM-015463Board of Visitors, National Defense University2003
 COM-017124Board of Visitors, National Defense University2002
 COM-017357Board of Visitors, National Defense University2001
 COM-018886Board of Visitors, National Defense University2000
 COM-019323Board of Visitors, National Defense University1999
 COM-020828Board of Visitors, National Defense University1998
 COM-021262Board of Visitors, National Defense University1997