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Committee NameBoard of Visitors, National Defense UniversityAgency NameDepartment of Defense
Fiscal Year2019Committee 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 Date8/30/2018Designated Fed Officer Position Title*DFO
Date Of Renewal Charter8/30/2020Designated Federal Officer PrefixDr.
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Brian
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle NameR.
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Shaw
Establishment Authority*Agency AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*DoD Committee Management Officer MemoDesignated Federal Officer Phone*(202) 685-4685
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 National Defense University (NDU) Board of Visitors (BOV) is comprised of experts in the fields of defense, management, leadership, academia, national military strategy or 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 co chairs prepare 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 members include distinguished professionals from academia, federal government, business, foreign affairs and the military and uniformed services (retired flag officers from the Ground, Air, and Sea Services). Their areas of expertise are balanced in accordance with defined fields contained in the Board charter.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The Board normally meets twice each calendar year or at the request of the NDU President. All meetings are highly relevant to what the University is doing both strategically and operationally, and positively impacts how we do 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 curricula, methods of instruction, facilities, education/training standards, organizational management, and academic accreditation, as defined by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
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 met three times during FY 2019. This included 1 meeting held at Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, VA in which a significant number of senior staff traveled and participated. Cost estimates for next year are for our normal 2 meetings per year held at Fort McNair in DC and do not include the additional travel and staff costs. The Board's most important role is to give the NDU President and the CJCS independent advice on accreditation compliance, organizational management, strategic planning, resource management and other matters of interest to the National Defense University.


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 we are unable to determine the actual cost savings, the advice provided by the Board to the NDU President and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff have led to 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*70Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentAt the conclusion of each Board meeting: the BOV co chairs direct 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.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*80.00%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*20.00%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 CommentThe 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 support the joint warfighter by providing rigorous Joint Professional Military Education to members of the U.S. Armed Forces and select others in order to develop leaders who have the ability to operate and creatively think in an unpredictable and complex world. 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.
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Payments to Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Members*$3,735.84Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$3,844.18
Payments to Federal Staff*$102,643.38Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$82,223.47
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$8,994.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$9,254.83
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$1,481.92Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$1,524.90
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$8,402.25Est. 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$1,574.70Est. Other Costs Next FY*$1,140.85
Total Costs$126,832.09Est. Total Next FY*$97,988.23
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.71Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.62
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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 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