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DOD - 75 - United States Military Academy Board of Visitors - Statutory (Congress Created)


Committee NameUnited States Military Academy Board of VisitorsAgency NameDepartment of Defense
Fiscal Year2019Committee Number75
Original Establishment Date12/1/1815Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*Yes
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*15
Current Charter Date11/16/2018Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Designated Federal Official, USMA Board of Visitors
Date Of Renewal Charter11/16/2020Designated Federal Officer PrefixMrs.
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Deadra
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle NameKay
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Ghostlaw
Establishment Authority*Statutory (Congress Created)Designated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*Secretary of War James Monroe determination; 10 U.S.C. 7455Designated Federal Officer Phone*(845) 938-4200
Effective Date Of Authority*2/28/1815Designated Federal Officer Fax*(845)938-3214
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) is to serve in an advisory capacity to the United States Military Academy (USMA) at West Point. Upon request and aligned with a standard schedule (synched with the academic year) the BoV is updated such areas as: cadet quality of life issues; infrastructure revitalization, academic programs, military and physical programs, energy program, intercollegiate athletics, admissions, and the West Point Leader Development System. The BoV is informed and updated on all activities at USMA.
How is membership balanced?*IAW 10USC Sec4355 the BoV is comprised of 9 members of the Congress (4 senators, 5 representatives) and 6 presidential appointees totaling 15 members. USMA BoV is currently fully staffed. Board membership is not subject to Academy appointment but is determined by the Senate, House and by Presidential appointment. The Board shows ethnic and gender diversity. Presidential members have backgrounds in consulting, military, private sector business, State Senate, law and public service areas. In December 2017, two Presidential Appointees' terms expired and those positions were filled by new Appointees in April 2018. One Congressional position was vacated in March 2018 and subsequently filled by a new appointee on 19 March 2018.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The BoV holds meetings three times a year. In FY 2018, one meeting was held in Washington, DC and two were held at West Point, NY The meetings are purely for information-sharing.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*Federal statute (10 U.S.C. 4355) requires the Secretary of Defense to establish this committee.
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 Secretary of the Army, and only after consultation with the Office of General Counsel for the Department of the Army.
Recommendation RemarksWhile the BOV Charter suggests it will hold three (3) meetings per year, BOV leadership, in conjunction with the Superintendent of the U.S. Military
Academy, decided that FY19 Board business could be conducted in two (2) meetings, thereby saving both time and money. The U.S. Military Academy continuously updates the BOV throughout the year regarding issues within its jurisdiction, so there is no gap in either overview or reporting.

The Annual Report of the Board of Visitors to the USMA to Congress and the Secretary of War, dated June 15, 1819, was posted to the FACA database in FY 2016.

Secretary of War James Monroe determined on February 28, 1815 that there would be a Board of Visitors for the U.S. Military Academy; the first Board of Visitors' meeting was December 1815 (Office of the Historian, U.S. Military Academy). The USMA Board of Visitors is the oldest existing FACA committee.

Department of Defense (DoD) policy between fiscal year 2007 and 2011 required that subcommittee members be listed separately in the subcommittee section of GSA’s Database, even if they were duly appointed members of the parent committee. This policy, in some instances, caused a duplication of entries.

Beginning in fiscal year 2012, DoD will only list in the subcommittee section of GSA’s Database those who are appointed to just a subcommittee. If an individual is appointed to the parent committee and to one of the committee’s authorized subcommittees then his or her subcommittee affiliation will be reflected in the parent committee membership section of GSA’s Database.


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*YesAction Reorganize Priorities*No
Outcome Trust In GovernmentYesAction Reallocate ResourcesNo
Outcome Major Policy ChangesNoAction Issued New RegulationsNo
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchNoAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryNoAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionNoAction CommentNot Applicable
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsYesGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentNot ApplicableNumber Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentNAGrants Review CommentNA
Number Of Recommendations*91Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentIn the past several years the Board has focused on 10 or less major recommendations, and has listed these recommendations in the Board's Annual report to the President of the United States. USMA responds to these recommendations at each meeting and annually in the report. The Board then evaluates USMA's response to all recommendations. During FY2019, the Board made 2 recommendations to USMA.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*64.00%Access Committee WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentIn a few instances, information requested by the Board was not provided during the calendar year.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*19.00%Access PublicationsYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentInformation requested by the Board and not provided during the calendar year was provided at a later date in order to ensure accuracy of reporting.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentThe USMA BoV Annual reports are sent to the Library of Congress after Presidential Review. There is a USMA BoV website which provides information regarding the Board's membership, rules & regulations and announces upcoming meetings.
Agency Feedback CommentUSMA feedback is part of the Annual Report to the President. Additionally, the Board receives updates from Academy leadership at each meeting and in information papers upon request at other times throughout the year.Narrative Description*The USMA Board of Visitors provides oversight on all mission related tasks of the United States Military Academy. Their primary focus is on quality of the Academic, Physical, and Military Programs, and fiscal affairs at West Point, which enables the highest quality graduate and commissioned officer leader of character in our Army.
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Payments to Non-Federal Members* Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY* 
Payments to Federal Members*$2,156.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$2,156.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$40,000.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$45,000.00
Payments to Consultants* Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY* 
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$6,700.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$7,500.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members* Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members* 
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff* Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$15,000.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants* Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY* 
Other Costs$10,000.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$17,000.00
Total Costs$58,856.00Est. Total Next FY*$86,656.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.40Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.40
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Applied Sciences
Arts and Humanities
Basic Science
Management Science
Civil Rights
Computer Technology
Information Technology
Systems Engineering
Schools and Academic Institutions
Housing and Urban
International Programs, Studies, and Diplomacy
International Law
National Defense
National Security and Defense
Science and Technology
Science and Technology
Social Sciences
Social Sciences


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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-033057United States Military Academy Board of Visitors2018
 COM-001378United States Military Academy Board of Visitors2017
 COM-002967United States Military Academy Board of Visitors2016
 COM-003549United States Military Academy Board of Visitors2015
 COM-004997United States Military Academy Board of Visitors2014
 COM-005661United States Military Academy Board of Visitors2013
 COM-007162United States Military Academy Board of Visitors2012
 COM-007685United States Military Academy Board of Visitors2011
 COM-009370United States Military Academy Board of Visitors2010
 COM-009837United States Military Academy Board of Visitors2009
 COM-011198United States Military Academy Board of Visitors2008
 COM-011623United States Military Academy Board of Visitors2007
 COM-013053United States Military Academy Board of Visitors2006
 COM-013598United States Military Academy Board of Visitors2005
 COM-014983United States Military Academy Board of Visitors2004
 COM-015494United States Military Academy Board of Visitors2003
 COM-017098United States Military Academy Board of Visitors2002
 COM-017365United States Military Academy Board of Visitors2001
 COM-018909United States Military Academy Board of Visitors2000
 COM-019366Board of Visitors, U.S. Military Academy1999
 COM-020800Board of Visitors, U.S. Military Academy1998
 COM-021270Board of Visitors, U.S. Military Academy1997