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DOD - 398 - Board of Visitors of the U.S. Air Force Academy - Statutory (Congress Created)


Committee NameBoard of Visitors of the U.S. Air Force AcademyAgency NameDepartment of Defense
Fiscal Year2022Committee Number398
Original Establishment Date8/10/1956Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*Yes
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*15
Current Charter Date11/13/2022Designated Fed Officer Position Title*DFO
Date Of Renewal Charter11/13/2024Designated Federal Officer PrefixMr.
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Anthony
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle NameRyan
Specific Termination Authority10 U.S.C. § 9455 rescissionDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*McDonald
Establishment Authority*Statutory (Congress Created)Designated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*10 U.S.C. § 9455Designated Federal Officer Phone*(703) 614-4751
Effective Date Of Authority*8/10/1956Designated Federal Officer Fax*(703) 693-4244
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 RequiredYes
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) Board of Visitors (BoV) business is accomplished via visits to the Academy to observe training and receive updates on USAFA affairs. Additionally, the USAFA BoV meets in Washington DC and/or virtually as applicable. The USAFA BoV makes recommendations directly to the USAFA Superintendent in order to address complex issues necessary to improve the operation of the Academy. In addition, the semi-annual report of USAFA BoV findings and recommendations is submitted concurrently to the Secretary of Defense, through the Secretary of the Air Force, and to the Committee on Armed Services of the Senate and the Committee on Armed Services of the House of Representatives.
How is membership balanced?*The USAFA BoV membership is appointed by the President, Vice President/President pro tempore of the Senate, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and the Chairmen of the Senate Armed Services Committee and House Armed Services Committee. The USAFA BoV is composed of members of the Senate and House of Representatives and prominent U.S. citizens, at least two of whom are graduates of the Academy. It is bipartisan. The USAFA BoV function is one of gathering information as to the Academy's programs, discipline, curriculum, morale, and facilities.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*USAFA BoV meetings are typically held at least twice annually with one meeting being at the USAF Academy, as required per statute. USAFA BoV relevance has been demonstrated through numerous program changes effected by USAFA BoV recommendations. Examples include increased emphasis on airmanship and developmental programs, the profession of arms, performance measurement and assessment practices, and increased support for infrastructure/facilities requirements. USAFA BoV members bring varied perspectives and valuable insights to the Academy by virtue of their stature as prominent Americans, and as civilian leaders of the nation.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*Federal statute (10 U.S.C. § 9455) required 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, the Secretary of the Air Force or designee, and only after consultation with the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force General Counsel.
Recommendation RemarksThe USAFA BoV only met once in FY22 due to the Department of Defense 2021 Zero-Based Review.


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*YesAction Reorganize Priorities*No
Outcome Trust In GovernmentYesAction Reallocate ResourcesYes
Outcome Major Policy ChangesYesAction Issued New RegulationsYes
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchNoAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryYesAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionYesAction CommentIn all the areas identified, the USAFA BoV of Visitors remains in constant contact, is provided access for information gathering and sensing sessions, and worked with various experts across the spectrum to discuss and review viable courses of action and provide independent advice and recommendations on matters relating, but not limited to morale, discipline, social climate, curriculum, instruction, fiscal affairs, academic methods, and strategic communication to enhance USAFA programs.
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsNoGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentThe USAFA BoV has embraced its role as an advisory structure and serves to ensure that all aspects of the Academy are reinvigorated, to include; fiscal requirements, the admissions process, diversity, character assessment, the accreditation process, and increased cadet involvement in the Academy Training Program. The USAFA BoV has been discussing all the areas identified and has been aggressively taking action to address.Number Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*NoneDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentThe USAFA BoV was established to provide advice and recommendations on the academic programs at USAFA to better improve the efficacy of operations at the Academy. Cost savings is not a primary objective for the USAFA BoV, instead, the focus is on enabling improved education for the both the Department of the Air Force and Department of Defense. Cost savings is difficult to identify and quantify in costs, however, more efficient and effective USAFA operations may realize cost avoidance or savings.Grants Review CommentNA
Number Of Recommendations*40Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentThe following 10 current action items were brought into the 13 April 2022 meeting. The USAFA BoV agreed to close 5 of those items and added 4 new action items.

Current Action Items:
1. IT Infrastructure (2018), Status - Open: USAFA is historically underfunded by $20M for IT infrastructure and typically relies on end-of-year fallout money to cover IT needs. Current Status: Long term funding has been secured in the FY23 PB. For FY22, USAFA continues to partner with SAF/FM on funding solutions. The sponsor of this item recommended keeping this action item open until execution dollars are received in the fall. USAFA BoV concurred with leaving the action item open.

2. Cadet Athletic Funding (2018), Status - Open: Most universities experience an annual cost growth of 8-14% for athletic programs; historic funding growth at USAFA is only 6-7% growth resulting in a $7.2M POM disconnect. USAFA relies on funding through end-of-year fallout money; this is not a long-term strategy. Current Status: Long term funding has been secured in the FY23 PB. For FY22, USAFA continues to partner with SAF/FM on funding solutions. The sponsor of this action item recommended keeping open until execution dollars are received in the fall. USAFA BoV concurred with leaving the action item open.

3. SAPR Budget and Resources (2018), Status - Open: The USAFA SAPR programs are budgeted for $65K with a $300K shortfall in FY20 and a $335K shortfall in FY21 and FY22. Included in the shortfalls are the CHIPS Program, SAPR Summit, and additional costs to run the SAPR office. USAFA continues to receive tremendous support from SAF/FM to cover shortfalls. Headquarters Air Force also noted the need for more data on the effectiveness of prevention programs to ensure future funding. The Chairman recommended the USAFA BoV continue to advocate for support, funding and manpower requirements. Current Status: Funding remains on a year to year basis as we continue to partner with Department to the Air Force on long term solutions. Funding for FY22 has been promised to USAFA by SAF/FM. The Chairman recommended keeping this action item open until funding is formally programmed. USAFA BoV concurred with leaving the action item open.

4. Medical Accession vs. Retention Standards (2018), Status - Closed: The current challenge is maintaining accession medical standards for the entire four years at USAFA. This is DOD policy. Current Status: The action item sponsor requested closing this action item. While the issue is still relevant, USAFA does not have a significant issue as long as it continues to have support for liberal waiver when an upperclass cadet does not meet accession standards. USAFA BoV concurred with closing the action item.

5. SAPR Data Collection (2020), Status - Closed: Specific data was requested for individual cases and the disciplinary actions associated, if any. The Sexual Assault Prevention and Response framework must include a comprehensive approach and combination of methods to include deterrence. How can we ensure cadets are adequately deterred? Current Status: USAFA’s SAPR framework and comprehensive approach to both prevention and victim care was briefed and JA provided outcomes of SAPR reports in the SAPR Update briefing to the satisfaction of the USAFA BoV. USAFA BoV concurred with closing the action item.

6. Non-Federal Entities (2020), Status - Open: Legislative Proposal was addressed in brief. Current law limits the Superintendent’s ability to support NFEs. The Superintendent requested the USAFA BoV’s help to support legislation that would enhance MSA for Superintendents’ ability to support their own supporting foundations that enable them to fulfill their missions. Current Status: This topic will be addressed in the Superintendent’s Update. A legislative proposal was submitted to DAF. However, due to the DAF limit of 20 submissions, it is unlikely the proposal will be forwarded. As a result, support from congressional members will be required to get language into the NDAA. SAF/LL has cleared USAFA to seek congressional support, and we’ll keep SAF/LL informed of any conversations. As a backup, USAFA/JA is exploring additional regulatory change options. During the Superintendent’s Update, Sen Hickenlooper and Rep Bacon agreed to revisit this legislation and potentially introduce it as a floor amendment. USAFA BoV concurred with leaving the action item open.

7. EAAA- Enhanced Assess, Acknowledge, Act (2020), Status - Open: EAAA is a Sexual Assault Resistance Education to test out effectiveness of training females at different levels of resistance to avoid sexual assault situations. A USAFA BoV member inquired as to the unintended consequences to only allowing women to participate in EAAA training and not opening up training to men? Current Status: This topic was part of the SAPR Update and a Bullet Background Paper (BBP) on EAAA was provided. The program is still being evaluated for effectiveness at USAFA. In June 2022, a final report to the USAFA Group will provide data to help decide if EAAA continues or is discontinued based on outcomes as well as the resources required to execute the program. Recommended to keep open and present the June 2022 report at the next USAFA BoV meeting. USAFA BoV concurred with leaving the action item open.

8. COVID-19 Survivors (2020), Status - Closed: This action item inquired into efforts to monitor cadets who were COVID-19 survivors, asking what was monitored. Current Status: USAFA is tracking several cadets with post-COVID medical issues through the Airmen Medical Readiness Optimization function to ensure recovery or determine if/when medical standards disqualification action is indicated. Cadets with post-COVID symptoms are given ample opportunity to either continue in training (with accommodations as needed) or return to training after recovery. USAFA BoV concurred with closing the action item.

9. Honor Board/Code (2020), Status - Closed: Provide a panel or briefing on Honor Board, Honor Code, how administered and other avenues to pursue for sexual harassment violations (2020). Current Status: This topic was addressed during the Cadet Panel during the USAFA BoV Immersion and in the Superintendent’s Update during the USAFA BoV Meeting. USAFA BoV concurred with closing the action item.

10. Panel to discuss cadet outreach to include USAFA social workers, chaplains, and mental health providers (2020), Status - Closed: Current Status: This topic was addressed during the Permanent Party Panel during the USAFA BoV Immersion and in the Commandant’s Update during the USAFA BoV Meeting. USAFA BoV concurred with closing the action item.

New Action Items:
1. Prep School Marketing (2022), Status - Opened: Develop a plan to raise awareness of Prep School opportunities in underrepresented districts. Present more information on the topic and a way ahead at how admissions is getting after this and how USAFA BoV members can support efforts at the next USAFA BoV meeting.

2. Space Education Center (2022), Status - Opened: Provide an update on the status of plans and funding for the Space Education Center.

3. Military Professor Copyrights (2022), Status - Opened: Provide a status on progress is securing copyright rights for military professors.

4. Admissions Assistants (2022), Status - Opened: USAFA is working to enhance the Admissions Assistant program by adding 19 more lieutenants to support Admissions Recruiters. These lieutenants will be hand-picked and represent and advance diversity to the recruiting effort. Provide an update on that effort at the next USAFA BoV meeting.
Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*75.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentUSAFA BoV participation in these issues has been crucial to their subsequent adoption. The ability to fully assess a percentage implementation across the life of the committee remains problematic in that many recommendations either cross-cut or have enduring aspects that may cross annual reporting.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*15.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentThe USAFA BoV Chairman is preparing his Annual Report and will re-focus the committee's priorities in coordination with the USAFA Superintendent and new USAFA BoV members. Recommendations will continue to be fully documented in the minutes and tracked to completion. The new USAFA BoV Chairman will meet with the Secretary of the Air Force, before the end of calendar year 2022 to discuss the USAFA BoV's accomplishments as well as outline and solicit priorities moving forward into FY23.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentN/A
Agency Feedback Comment*The Secretary of the Air Force and/or the Chief of Staff of the Air Force (or their designees) attend every USAFA BoV meeting, and supply feedback directly to the board. Additionally, close working relationship between the DFO/Executive Secretary and the USAFA BoV Chairman facilitate rapid and regular feedback. Additionally, SAF/LL works tirelessly with the Congressional members of the USAFA BoV to ensure feedback is continual.Narrative Description*The USAFA BoV provides advice through the Secretary of the Air Force to the Secretary of Defense and the Committees on Armed Services for the House of Representatives and the Senate. The USAFA BoV's advisory role includes the morale, discipline, and social climate, the curriculum, instruction, physical equipment, fiscal affairs, academic methods, and other matters relating to the Academy the USAFA BoV decides to consider.
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Payments to Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Members*$15,692.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$47,000.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$284,625.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$480,000.00
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$2,023.50Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$6,100.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$2,945.31Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$9,000.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$9,466.15Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$28,500.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$0.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Other Costs$2,256.41Est. Other Costs Next FY*$6,750.00
Total Costs$317,008.37Est. Total Next FY*$577,350.00
Date Cost Last Modified9/27/2022 2:36 PMEst. Fed Staff Support Next FY*3.50
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*2.50Est Cost RemarksAnticipate having three formal meetings in FY23, cost estimates adjusted accordingly.
Cost Remarks- Payments to Federal Members/Staff estimated using OSD CAPE cost estimating tool.

- Other costs included expenditures for non-federal member meals and group ground transportation during the 13 Apr 22 meeting.
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Interest Areas

Schools and Academic Institutions
National Defense
National Security and Defense


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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-039079Board of Visitors of the U.S. Air Force Academy2021
 COM-037555Board of Visitors of the U.S. Air Force Academy2020
 COM-035681Board of Visitors of the U.S. Air Force Academy2019
 COM-033059Board of Visitors of the U.S. Air Force Academy2018
 COM-001399Board of Visitors of the U.S. Air Force Academy2017
 COM-002881Board of Visitors of the U.S. Air Force Academy2016
 COM-003474Board of Visitors of the U.S. Air Force Academy2015
 COM-004994Board of Visitors of the U.S. Air Force Academy2014
 COM-005628Board of Visitors of the U.S. Air Force Academy2013
 COM-007230Board of Visitors of the U.S. Air Force Academy2012
 COM-007689Board of Visitors of the U.S. Air Force Academy2011
 COM-009296Board of Visitors of the U.S. Air Force Academy2010
 COM-009850USAF Academy Board of Visitors2009
 COM-011217USAF Academy Board of Visitors2008
 COM-011730USAF Academy Board of Visitors2007
 COM-013134USAF Academy Board of Visitors2006
 COM-013553USAF Academy Board of Visitors2005
 COM-015025USAF Academy Board of Visitors2004
 COM-015420USAF Academy Board of Visitors2003
 COM-017062USAF Academy Board of Visitors2002
 COM-017261USAF Academy Board of Visitors2001
 COM-018939USAF Academy Board of Visitors2000
 COM-019372Board of Visitors, U.S. Air Force Academy1999
 COM-020865Board of Visitors, U.S. Air Force Academy1998
 COM-021223Board of Visitors, U.S. Air Force Academy1997