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GENERAL INFORMATION

Committee NameVeterans' Advisory Board on Dose ReconstructionAgency NameDepartment of Defense
Fiscal Year2019Committee Number22872
Original Establishment Date12/16/2003Committee StatusAdministratively Inactive
Actual Termination Date Committee URLhttp://www.vbdr.org/
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*unlimited
Current Charter Date2/13/2014Designated Fed Officer Position Title*DFO
Date Of Renewal Charter Designated Federal Officer PrefixMr.
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Stephen
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle NameJ
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Polchek
Establishment Authority*Statutory (Congress Created)Designated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*Section 601(c) of Title VI of Public Law 108-183Designated Federal Officer Phone*(703) 767-8891
Effective Date Of Authority*12/16/2003Designated Federal Officer Fax*703-767-4206
Committee Type*ContinuingDesignated Federal Officer Email*stephen.j.polchek.civ@mail.mil
Presidential*No
Committee Function*Scientific Technical Program Advisory Board
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RECOMMENDATION/JUSTIFICATIONS

Agency Recommendation*Terminate
Legislation to Terminate RequiredYes
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*Department of Defense (DoD), through Defense Threat Reduction Agency USSTRATCOM Center for Combating WMD (DTRA-SCC-WMD) as the Executive Agent, provides radiation dose estimates for veterans who participated in the 1945-1946 occupation of Hiroshima or Nagasaki or were POWs at Hiroshima or Nagasaki, Japan, and in U.S. sponsored atmospheric nuclear testing between 1945 and 1962. These dose reconstructions are used by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to evaluate and decide veterans' claims filed under the provisions of Public Law (PL) 98-542 and implementing regulations in Title 38 of the Code of Federal Regulations, part 3.311. Congress directed the Secretaries of DoD and VA under Section 601 of Public Law (PL) 108-183 to appoint an advisory board to provide ongoing independent review and oversight of the Dose Reconstruction Program. The Advisory Board on Veterans' Dose Reconstruction shall advise DoD and VA as directed under Section 601 of PL 108-183 as follows: (a) conduct periodic, random audits of dose reconstructions and decisions on claims for radiogenic diseases; (b) assist the VA and DTRA-SCC-WMD in communicating to veterans information on the mission, procedures, and evidentiary requirements of dose reconstruction; (c) carry out other activities with regard to review and oversight of the Dose Reconstruction Program as specified jointly by the Secretaries; and (d) make recommendations on modifications to the mission and procedures of the Dose Reconstruction Program as the Advisory Board considers appropriate as a result of the audits.The request for relief for this Committee is currently being staffed for forwarding to Congress.
How is membership balanced?*The Board was composed of members as directed by Section 601 of PL 108-183 as follows:- At least one expert in historical dose reconstruction of the type conducted under the Dose Reconstruction Program- At least one expert in radiation health matters- At least one expert in risk communications- A VA representative- A DTRA-SCC-WMD representative- At least three veterans, including at least one veteran who is a member of an atomic veterans group
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*Past Estimated Number of Committee Meetings per year - 1-2The Committee is not planning to hold a meeting in 2014.The 2013 committee minutes and recommendations are posted on the Committee website at: www.vbdr.org
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*Congress directed the Secretaries of Defense and Veterans Affairs (VA) under Section 601 of Public Law,(PL) 108-183 to appoint an advisory board to provide on-going independent review and oversight of the DoD and VA Veterans' Dose Reconstruction Program. This Advisory Board maintained independent oversight of the procedures used by DTRA-SCC-WMD and the VA in responding to claims filed by veterans. The advisory board also provides an avenue for improving communication with veterans and for resolving complex issues related to radiation dose reconstruction and claims adjudication. Both Secretariates believe that the VBDR has met its mandate and the two Secretaries can maintain an effective program.
Why close or partially close meetings?Meetings were not closed to the public.
Recommendation RemarksDoD recommends termination.

Based on the recommendation of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics, the Secretary of Defense concluded that the Veterans' Advisory Board on Dose Reconstruction had accomplished its mission. Therefore, the Department of Defense has submitted legislation to rescind the statutory requirement for the Veterans' Advisory Board on Dose Reconstruction. In the meantime, the operations for the Veterans' Advisory Board on Dose Reconstruction are suspended.
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PERFORMANCE MEASURES

Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*YesAction Reorganize Priorities*No
Outcome Trust In GovernmentYesAction Reallocate ResourcesNo
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 DeliveryYesAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionYesAction CommentDTRA-SCC-WMD has revised the dose reconstruction methodology used and revised or recomputed all claims according to the new standards. In many cases, this increased the veteran's computed radiation dose.
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsYesGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentNANumber Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*More Than $10,000,001Dollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentFor DOD:Cost savings to date = $21 millionProjected cost savings through end of FY07 = $13.5 million and $1.5 million per year thereafter.For VA: Cost savings is unknown.Grants Review CommentThis Committee does not issue or approve grants.
Number Of Recommendations*76Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*No
Number Of Recommendations CommentOn the basis of its audits and assessments of Nuclear Test Personnel Review (NTPR) Program radiation dose assessments (RDAs), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) claim procedures, and other meetings and interactions with both DTRA and VA, the Veterans’ Advisory Board on Dose Reconstruction (VBDR) offered one reccomendation to DoD and three recommendations to the VA, and three Joint rommendations at the July 23, 2014 meeting held in Arlington, Virginia. The Board believes that these recommendations, if put into action, would improve the VA compensation program for Atomic Veterans.For the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA):The VBDR recommends that NTPR maintain existing QA programsimplemented under the VBDR including the double blind analyses; continues to conduct periodic independent audits of a sampling of RDAs, the QA programs, and double blinds analyses; andobtain independent peer-reviews of technical documents and revisions or updates in SOPs.For the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA):Recommendation 1: We recommend that by September 13, 2013 the VA correct the problem which causes the delay in transferring veterans’ claims from the Office of Original Jurisdiction(OOJ) to Jackson VARO. Recommendation 2: We recommend that by September 15, 2013, the VHA (Office of Public Health) complete production and distribute the briefing package material to the “Big 6” Veterans organizations to inform Veterans about the atomic Veterans claim process.Recommendation 3: We recommend the VA conduct a focused System Technical Accuracy Review (STAR) of the radiation claims every three years.Joint DoD and VA Recomendations:Recommendation 1: We recommend that by September 15, 2013 the VA and NTPR provide the board with a formal plan (to include staffing and other needed resources, ie. VPN) to remove thebacklog.Recommendation 2: We recommend semi-annual meetings of NTPR, VA and the Department of Justice (DOJ) include detailed reports demonstrating case accuracy and timely performance, including current performance, performance trends, corrective action, and related improvements.Recommendation 3: We recommend the semi-annual NTPR, VA and the DOJ meetings include an agenda item to coordinate DTRA and VA Public Affairs outreach efforts, and a report describing the effort is written and reported on the public websites of DTRA and VA.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*100.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentThe 100% mentioned above only applies to the VBDR recommendations to the DoD (DTRA-SCC-WMD).All of the recommendations made by the Committee can be found on the committee website: www:vbdr.orgAccess GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*0.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentThe DOD has fully implemented the VBDR recommendations.Access OtherYes
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentPress releases; web site: http://www.vbdr.org/The agenda, meeting minutes, and recommendations made can be found on the VBDR website.
Agency Feedback CommentFeedback is provided by formal letter from Director, DTRA-SCC-WMD to the board.Narrative Description*This committee supports the VA and the DoD (DTRA-SCC-WMD) by providing oversight, and recommendations for improvements to, the process used to adjudicate claims filed by atomic veterans.
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Subcommittees

ActionCommittee System IDSubcommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-030130Alternative Methods for Dose Reconstruction2019
 COM-032365Communication and Outreach2019
 COM-031665DTRA Dose Reconstruction Procedures2019
 COM-032399Quality Management and VA Process Integration with DTRA Nuclear Test Personnel Review Program2019
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Data from Previous Years

 
ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-033088Veterans' Advisory Board on Dose Reconstruction2018
 COM-001329Veterans' Advisory Board on Dose Reconstruction2017
 COM-002940Veterans' Advisory Board on Dose Reconstruction2016
 COM-003532Veterans' Advisory Board on Dose Reconstruction2015
 COM-005074Veterans' Advisory Board on Dose Reconstruction2014
 COM-005640Veterans' Advisory Board on Dose Reconstruction2013
 COM-007168Veterans' Advisory Board on Dose Reconstruction2012
 COM-007779Veterans' Advisory Board on Dose Reconstruction2011
 COM-009268Veterans' Advisory Board on Dose Reconstruction2010
 COM-009832Veterans' Advisory Board on Dose Reconstruction2009
 COM-011235Veterans' Advisory Board on Dose Reconstruction2008
 COM-011705Veterans' Advisory Board on Dose Reconstruction2007
 COM-013133Veterans' Advisory Board on Dose Reconstruction2006
 COM-013552Veterans' Advisory Board on Dose Reconstruction2005