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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 Year2019Committee 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 Date11/13/2018Designated Fed Officer Position Title*DFO
Date Of Renewal Charter11/13/2020Designated Federal Officer PrefixMr.
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Daniel
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Anderson
Establishment Authority*Statutory (Congress Created)Designated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*10 U.S.C. 9455Designated Federal Officer Phone*(703) 693-9575
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 RequiredNo
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 USAFA leadership updates on all USAFA affairs. Additionally, the BoV meets twice each year in Washington DC. The Board makes recommendations directly to the Superintendent to improve the operation of the Academy. In addition, the semi-annual report of Board 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 Board 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 Board 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 Board function is one of gathering information as to the Academy's programs, discipline, curriculum, morale, and facilities.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*Board meetings are held at least four times a year, two of which are at the USAF Academy, per statute requirements. Board relevance has been demonstrated through numerous program changes effected by Board 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. Board members bring varied 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. 9355) 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, 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 Board only met once in FY 19. There was a meeting scheduled for May 1, 2019 that was cancelled because of lack of a quorum.

The Board only met two times in FY18 -- November 15, 2017 and April 25, 2018.


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 Board 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 Board has embraced its role in the oversight 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 Board 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 CommentNAGrants Review CommentNA
Number Of Recommendations*28Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentThe recommendations of the BoV for this FY addressed the following areas of issue/concern:(1) Administration/Faculty Stability for purposes of strategic planning(2) Reduction in Survey Fatigue w/o impact to performance measures(3) Increased oversight of Prep School to measure impact on diversity(4) Support for Academy Essence and Margins of Excellence especially as relates to Non-Profits and optimization of funding(5) Strategic Communications and Outreach(6) Efforts to increase accession and retention of diverse candidates(7) Increased oversight with respect to religious accommodation(8) Infrastructure/facility restoration and modernizationAccess Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*75.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentBoV 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. For example, implementation of a recommendation to increase accession and retention of diverse candidates is a strategic recommendation that will be continually measured and assessed across a variety of variables. While the recommendation is fully implemented, that does not provide ability to assess, monitor and re-evaluate recommendation going forward for additional action or adjustment.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*15.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentThe New BoV Chairman is preparing his Annual Report and will re-focus the committee priorities going forward in coordination with the new USAFA Superintendent and new BoV members. New recommendations will be fully documented in the minutes and tracked to completion. The new BoV Chairman will meet with the Secretary of the Air Force, Nov 2017 and deliver his annual report.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentN/A
Agency Feedback CommentThe Secretary of the Air Force and/or the Chief of Staff of the Air Force (or their designees) attend every Board of Visitors meeting, and supply feedback directly to the board. Additionally, close working relationship between the DFO/Executive Secretary and the BoV Chairman facilitate rapid and regular feedback. Additionally, SAF/LL works tirelessly with the Congressional members of the Board to ensure feedback is continual.Narrative Description*The Board 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 Board'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 Board 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*$0.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$225,000.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$225,000.00
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$12,325.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$12,325.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$1,525.00Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$1,525.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$37,000.00Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$37,000.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$0.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Other Costs$0.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$0.00
Total Costs$275,850.00Est. Total Next FY*$275,850.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*2.00Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*2.00
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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-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