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DOD - 424 - National Security Education Board - Statutory (Congress Created)


Committee NameNational Security Education BoardAgency NameDepartment of Defense
Fiscal Year2022Committee Number424
Original Establishment Date12/4/1991Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URL 
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*Yes
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*14
Current Charter Date5/18/2022Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Director, National Security Education Program
Date Of Renewal Charter5/18/2024Designated Federal Officer PrefixDr.
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Michael
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle NameA.
Specific Termination AuthorityNoneDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Nugent
Establishment Authority*Statutory (Congress Created)Designated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*50 U.S.C. § 1903Designated Federal Officer Phone*(571) 256-0702
Effective Date Of Authority*12/4/1991Designated Federal Officer Fax*(703) 692-2615
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, under the provisions of 50 U.S.C. §1903, performs the following functions:
(1) Develop criteria for awarding scholarships, fellowships, and grants under this chapter, including an order of priority in such awards that favors individuals expressing an interest in national security issues or pursuing a career in a national security position.
(2) Provide for wide dissemination of information regarding the activities assisted under this chapter.
(3) Establish qualifications for students desiring scholarships or fellowships, and institutions of higher education desiring grants, under this chapter, including, in the case of students desiring a scholarship or fellowship, a requirement that the student have a demonstrated commitment to the study of the discipline for which the scholarship or fellowship is to be awarded.
(4) After taking into account the annual analyses of trends in language, international, area, and counterproliferation studies under section 1906(b)(1) of this title, make recommendations to the Secretary regarding—
(A) which countries are not emphasized in other United States study abroad programs, such as countries in which few United States students are studying and countries which are of importance to the national security interests of the United States, and are, therefore, critical countries for the purposes of section 1902(a)(1)(A) of this title;
(B) which areas within the disciplines described in section 1902(a)(1)(B) of this title relating to the national security interests of the United States are areas of study in which United States students are deficient in learning and are, therefore, critical areas within those disciplines for the purposes of that section;
(C) which areas within the disciplines described in section 1902(a)(1)(C) of this title are areas in which United States students, educators, and Government employees are deficient in learning and in which insubstantial numbers of United States institutions of higher education provide training and are, therefore, critical areas within those disciplines for the purposes of that section;
(D) how students desiring scholarships or fellowships can be encouraged to work for an agency or office of the Federal Government involved in national security affairs or national security policy upon completion of their education; and
(E)which foreign languages are critical to the national security interests of the United States for purposes of section 1902(a)(1)(D) of this title (relating to grants for the National Flagship Language Initiative) and section 1902(a)(1)(E) of this title (relating to the scholarship program for advanced English language studies by heritage community citizens).
(5) Encourage applications for fellowships under this chapter from graduate students having an educational background in any academic discipline, particularly in the areas of science or technology.
(6) Provide the Secretary biennially with a list of scholarship recipients and fellowship recipients, including an assessment of their foreign area and language skills, who are available to work in a national security position.
(7) Not later than 30 days after a scholarship or fellowship recipient completes the study or education for which assistance was provided under the program, provide the Secretary with a report fully describing the foreign area and language skills obtained by the recipient as a result of the assistance.
(8) Review the administration of the program required under this chapter.
(9) To the extent provided by the Secretary of Defense, oversee and coordinate the activities of the National Language Service Corps under section 1913 of this title, including—
(A) assessing on a periodic basis whether the Corps is addressing the needs identified by the heads of departments and agencies of the Federal Government for personnel with skills in various foreign languages;
(B) recommending plans for the Corps to address foreign language shortfalls and requirements of the departments and agencies of the Federal Government;
(C) recommending effective ways to increase public awareness of the need for foreign languages skills and career paths in the Federal Government that use those skills; and
(D) overseeing the Corps efforts to work with Executive agencies and State and Local governments to respond to interagency plans and agreements to address overall foreign language shortfalls and to utilize personnel to address the various types of crises that warrant foreign language skills.
How is membership balanced?*The Board, under the provisions of 50 U.S.C. §1903, amended most recently in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013, shall be composed of the following individuals or the representatives of such individuals:
1. The Secretary of Defense, who shall serve as the chairman of the Board.
2. The Secretary of Education.
3. The Secretary of State.
4. The Secretary of Commerce.
5. The Director of National Intelligence.
6. The Secretary of Energy.
7. The Secretary of Homeland Security.
8. The Chairperson of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
9. Six individuals appointed by the President who shall be experts in the fields of international, language, area, and counterproliferation studies education and who may not be officers or employees of the Federal Government.

The Defense Language and National Security Education Office (DLNSEO) and the National Security Education Program (NSEP) rely on this statute to identify all 14 Board members. Federal members represent a broad spectrum of Federal agencies with significant national security responsibilities. Federal members are senior-level decision makers within such agencies. Presidentially-appointed members represent a broad constituency of members from higher education, non-profit and industry, all of whom are well-versed in the fields of international language, area, and counterproliferation studies education and none of whom are officers or employees of the Federal Government. The Board’s composition ensures that DLNSEO/NSEP remain focused on efforts that serve the expansive national security interests of the United States. DLNSEO/NSEP is a Department of Defense component, yet it has many additional federal beneficiaries who are represented on the Board. The Board helps build consensus that meets broad national needs, rather than the needs of a single agency. As established, the Board allows for cross-governmental and cross-sector interests to be represented.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The National Security Education Board meets 2-3 times annually to advise the Secretary of Defense on matters affecting DLNSEO/NSEP. The meetings represent a valuable source of thought and recommendations that enhance the success and effectiveness of DLNSEO/NSEP.Individual Board members represent valuable conduits for widely disseminating information about program activities throughout the federal government and higher education; thus, annual meetings are critical.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*Federal statute (50 U.S.C. § 1903) requires the Secretary of Defense to establish the committee.
Why close or partially close meetings?Meetings are not closed to the public unless the Department of Defense 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 (i.e., the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness), and only after consultation with the Office of the Department of Defense General Counsel.
Recommendation RemarksThe National Security Education Board provides valuable recommendations to the Secretary on the conduct of this unique program. The Board should remain, as constituted.

The committee does not issue any specific report; their recommendations are contained within meeting minutes, which are provided to the decision maker.

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*NoAction Reorganize Priorities*Yes
Outcome Trust In GovernmentNoAction Reallocate ResourcesYes
Outcome Major Policy ChangesNoAction Issued New RegulationsYes
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchNoAction Proposed LegislationYes
Outcome Effective Grant MakingYesAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsYes
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryYesAction OtherYes
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionYesAction CommentBased on Board feedback, NSEP has structured its programs to maximize award recipient placement into Federal service.
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsYesGrants Review*Yes
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentNANumber Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*NoneDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentThe costs associated with the functioning of the Board are minimal. A majority of members are local and meetings are held in conjunction with other NSEP events, maximizing cross-fertilization of efforts and minimizing cost. Few alternatives exist to derive greater value, cost consciousness, and return on investment into the structure of the Board.Grants Review CommentThe Board reviews the process and results, serving to guide DLNSEO/NSEP policy, though it does not directly review individual scholarship applications/finalists or institutional grant applications/finalists.
Number Of Recommendations*64Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentNo new recommendations made in FY22.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*75.00%Access Committee WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentBest practices for superior language learning and increased Federal service compliance are being implemented by DLNSEO/NSEP.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*25.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentRemaining recommendations require new legislation.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentN/A
Agency Feedback Comment*Written and verbal feedback provided.Narrative Description*The Defense Language and National Security Education Office/ the National Security Education Program meets with its Board to gain feedback on what skills are required for the national security workforce. Additionally, NSEP’s Director relies on the Board to provide guidance on hiring practices, internships and clearances, as well as to assist in crafting policy and guidelines.
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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*$17,500.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$155,071.94Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$158,173.28
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$15,300.00
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$0.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$3,600.00
Total Costs$155,071.94Est. Total Next FY*$194,573.28
Date Cost Last Modified8/23/2022 3:25 PMEst. Fed Staff Support Next FY*1.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*1.00Est Cost RemarksEstimated costs for FY23 allow for the possibility of travel to in-person meetings by non-federal members. Other costs include the estimated cost of transcription services and refreshments for several Board meetings.
Cost RemarksNo NSEB meetings were held in FY22.
The actual costs for payments to federal staff reflect the staffing time needed for ongoing records management and time spent on staff packages.
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Interest Areas

Federal Employment
Federal Employees and Personnel
Federal Government
National Defense
National Security and Defense
Overseas Security Issues


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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-039115National Security Education Board2021
 COM-037589National Security Education Board2020
 COM-035714National Security Education Board2019
 COM-033074National Security Education Board2018
 COM-001397National Security Education Board2017
 COM-002951National Security Education Board2016
 COM-003515National Security Education Board2015
 COM-005020National Security Education Board2014
 COM-005651National Security Education Board2013
 COM-007153National Security Education Board2012
 COM-007782National Security Education Board2011
 COM-009363National Security Education Board2010
 COM-009862National Security Education Board2009
 COM-011236National Security Education Board2008
 COM-011683National Security Education Board2007
 COM-013065National Security Education Board2006
 COM-013512National Security Education Board2005
 COM-015049National Security Education Board2004
 COM-015406National Security Education Board2003
 COM-016945National Security Education Board2002
 COM-017280National Security Education Board2001
 COM-018961National Security Education Board2000
 COM-019336National Security Education Board1999
 COM-020933National Security Education Board1998
 COM-021242National Security Education Board1997