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DOD - 41850 - Department of Defense Military Family Readiness Council - Statutory (Congress Created)


Committee NameDepartment of Defense Military Family Readiness CouncilAgency NameDepartment of Defense
Fiscal Year2022Committee Number41850
Original Establishment Date11/14/2008Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*21
Current Charter Date12/13/2020Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Designated Federal Officer
Date Of Renewal Charter12/13/2022Designated Federal Officer PrefixMr.
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Vesen
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle NameL.
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Thompson
Establishment Authority*Statutory (Congress Created)Designated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*Public Law 110-181 (10 U.S.C. § 1781a)Designated Federal Officer Phone*(703) 571-2360
Effective Date Of Authority*1/28/2008Designated Federal Officer Fax*(703) 697-2519
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary CmteNot ApplicableDesignated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Type*Continuing
Committee Function*Other Committee


Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNot Applicable
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*Federal statute directs the committee to submit, no later than July 1st of each year, to the Secretary of Defense and the congressional defense committees a report on military family readiness. Each report, at a minimum, includes the following:1. An assessment of the adequacy and effectiveness of the military family readiness programs and activities of the Department of Defense during the preceding fiscal year in meeting the needs and requirements of military families.2. Recommendations on actions to be taken to improve the capability of the military family readiness programs and activities of the Department of Defense to meet the needs and requirements of military families, including actions relating to the allocation of funding and other resources to and among such programs and activities.
How is membership balanced?*The Council, pursuant to 10 U.S.C. § 1781a, shall be comprised of no more than 21 members appointed as follows:(a) In General.-There is in the Department of Defense the Department of Defense Military Family Readiness Council (in this section referred to as the "Council").
(b) Members.-(1) The Council shall consist of the following members:
(A) The Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, who shall serve as chair of the Council and who may designate a representative to chair the council in the Under Secretary's absence.
(B) The following persons, who shall be appointed or designated by the Secretary of Defense:
(i) One representative of each of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Space Force, each of whom shall be a member or civilian employee of the armed force to be represented.
(ii) One representative, who shall be a member or civilian employee of the National Guard Bureau, to represent both the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard.
(iii) One spouse or parent of a member of each of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Space Force, two of whom shall be the spouse or parent of an active component member and two of whom shall be the spouse or parent of a reserve component member.
(C) Three individuals appointed by the Secretary of Defense from among representatives of military family organizations, including military family organizations of families of members of the regular components and of families of members of the reserve components.
(D) The senior enlisted advisor from each of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Space Force, except that two of these members may instead be selected from among the spouses of the senior enlisted advisors.
(E) The Director of the Office of Military Family Readiness Policy.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The Council is required to meet at least twice per fiscal year. During FY22, the Council held zero meetings due to the Secretary of Defense-directed Zero-Based Review of all DoD Federal Advisory Committees.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*Federal statute (10 U.S.C. § 1781a) requires the Secretary of Defense to establish this 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 Military Family Readiness Council is normally composed of a diverse mix of uniformed and civilian DoD regular government employees, some of whom are ex-officio and some who were chosen individually by the agency head, as well as several special government employees chosen for their unique perspectives as military family members or members of military family organizations.

Beginning in January 2021, the Department of Defense began a zero-based review of all its Federal advisory committees. As part of that review, committee operations, to include meetings, were suspended. Therefore, FY 2021 committee costs are lower. The Zero Based Review was approved on February 3, 2022. Preparatory work began immediately following ZBR approval; however, Council appointment has not yet been approved for FY22 and no meetings were held.


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*NoAction Reorganize Priorities*Yes
Outcome Trust In GovernmentYesAction Reallocate ResourcesNo
Outcome Major Policy ChangesYesAction Issued New RegulationsYes
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchNoAction Proposed LegislationYes
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryYesAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionYesAction Comment
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsYesGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentOther not selected.Number Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentNoneGrants Review CommentNone
Number Of Recommendations*58Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentAs no council meetings were held during FY 22, no recommendations were generated.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*79.30%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentA review of all 58 recommendations since the beginning of the Council showed 46 of 58 recommendations have been implemented.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*20.70%Access PublicationsYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentA full review of partially implemented recommendations will be made in 2023.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentNone
Agency Feedback Comment*The Council provides status updates on MFRC Recommendations at follow-on open public meetings and provides information about implementation of recommendations through community outreach communications. It also works with sponsors of recommendations to develop and oversee implementation of all approved recommendations. Sponsors, DoD leaders and staff, and the public are invited to provide MFRC members with written submissions regarding the work of the Council, including recommendations and topics (focus areas) under review, throughout the year.Narrative Description*In accordance with Section 1781a of Title 10, U. S. Code, the Military Family Readiness Council provides independent assessment of the adequacy and effectiveness of the military family readiness programs and activities of the Department of Defense. The Council provides recommendations on how to improve these programs and activities to the Secretary of Defense and Congress in an annual report no later than July 1 of each year.
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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*$10,000.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$217,500.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$300,000.00
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$5,000.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$0.00
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*$5,000.00
Total Costs$217,500.00Est. Total Next FY*$320,000.00
Date Cost Last Modified9/14/2022 4:43 PMEst. Fed Staff Support Next FY*2.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*1.50Est Cost RemarksCost estimates are based on all meetings being conducted virtually as approved and directed by the February 3. 2021, Zero Based Review.
Cost RemarksThe Zero Based Review was approved on February 3, 2021. As there were no Council meetings for FY21, all efforts were directed to reconstituting council membership, Charter and Member Balanced Plan.  
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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-039127Department of Defense Military Family Readiness Council2021
 COM-037601Department of Defense Military Family Readiness Council2020
 COM-035754Department of Defense Military Family Readiness Council2019
 COM-033087Department of Defense Military Family Readiness Council2018
 COM-001370Department of Defense Military Family Readiness Council2017
 COM-002870Department of Defense Military Family Readiness Council2016
 COM-003514Department of Defense Military Family Readiness Council2015
 COM-005031Department of Defense Military Family Readiness Council2014
 COM-005645Department of Defense Military Family Readiness Council2013
 COM-007158Department of Defense Military Family Readiness Council2012
 COM-007690Department of Defense Military Family Readiness Council2011
 COM-009312Department of Defense Military Family Readiness Council2010
 COM-009766Department of Defense Military Family Readiness Council2009