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Committee NameMedal of Valor Review BoardAgency NameDepartment of Justice
Fiscal Year2019Committee Number13813
Original Establishment Date5/30/2001Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*Yes
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*11
Current Charter Date6/5/2019Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Policy Advisor
Date Of Renewal Charter6/5/2021Designated Federal Officer PrefixMr.
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Gregory
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle NameV
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Joy
Establishment Authority*Statutory (Congress Created)Designated Federal Officer SuffixM.S.
Specific Establishment Authority*The Public Safety Act of 2001, P.L. 107-12; 115 Stat. 20 (May 20, 2001)Designated Federal Officer Phone*(202) 514-1369
Effective Date Of Authority*5/30/2001Designated Federal Officer Fax*202-514-8723
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?*Annually, the Board shall draw from among eligible nominations received by the National Medal of Valor Office, and recommend candidates to become recipients of the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor (MOV). Not more often than once a year, the Board shall make its recommendations (the name or names of recommended nominees to become MOV recipients), which are then presented by the DFO to the Attorney General. In addition, during the establishment of the program and after consultation with the Institute of Heraldry, the Department of Justice, and others, as described in the Act, the Board recommended the design of the MOV Decoration Set.
How is membership balanced?*As established under the MOV Act, the members of the Board shall be individuals with knowledge or expertise, whether by experience or training, in the field of public safety, of which—(A) two shall be appointed by the majority leader of the Senate; (B) two shall be appointed by the minority leader of the Senate; (C) two shall be appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives; (D) two shall be appointed by the minority leader of the House of Representatives; and (E) three shall be appointed by the President, including one with experience in firefighting, one with experience in law enforcement, and one with experience in emergency services.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*At a minimum, the Board meets twice annually. These meetings focus on discussions and deliberations leading to its annual recommendations for the Medal of Valor, operational issues, public outreach, communication, and a range of other issues that may be of interest or concern for the Board and/or are central to the operation of this program. Additional meeting(s) may occur when the Board attends one or more scheduled MOV ceremonies.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*This committee is essential because it was established by Congress to be the sole entity that is responsible for considering MOV nominations and making annually recommendations to the Attorney General who formally cites all MOV recipients.
Why close or partially close meetings?N/A
Recommendation RemarksThe Medal of Valor Review Board annual makes its recommendations for the MOV, which are forwarded to the Attorney General (AG). The AG considers the Board's recommendations, and along with other pertinent information, the AG considers the Board’s recommendations and is the sole authority to approve recipients to receive the MOV.


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*NoAction Reorganize Priorities*No
Outcome Trust In GovernmentYesAction Reallocate ResourcesNo
Outcome Major Policy ChangesNoAction Issued New RegulationsNo
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchNoAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryNoAction OtherYes
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionYesAction CommentFollowing the Board's annual action to vote on and recommend recipients for the MOV, the DFO will engage other DOJ components in an effort to “vet” (e.g. limited FBI name checks, DOJ Civil Rights Division checks, and internet/social media checks) all recommended nominees prior to submitting the Board's recommendations to the Attorney General. The DFO continually reviews and has placed before the Board, proposed amendments to the established Bylaws that govern the Board's operations. Additionally, the DFO will periodically seek clarification from the Office of Justice Program’s Office of General Counsel as needed, concerning emerging issues about the eligibility of specific nominations and/or other legal issues related to the program. The DFO also collaborates with OJP and BJA leadership concerning critical program issues and policy questions, and as appropriate will engage the Board in discussions on such matters.
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsNoGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherYesNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentThe Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor Decoration Sets and appurtenances are awarded by the President or the Vice President of the United States, to public safety officers who have exhibited exceptional courage, extraordinary decisiveness and presence of mind, and unusual swiftness of action, regardless of their own personal safety, in the attempt to save or protect human life.Number Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*NoneDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentN/AGrants Review CommentThis is not a grant program. The Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor Review Board receives and reviews nominations that detail acts of valor performed by public safety officers. The Board is charged with the responsibility of considering Medal of Valor nominations and on an annual basis, selecting a finite number of nominees to be recommended to the Attorney General to receive the Medal of Valor.
Number Of Recommendations*174Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentAs of September 23, 2019, there have been 174 recommendations from the MOV Review Board (Board). They include: (1) original recommendation on the MOV Decoration Set (includes the medal, ribbon and appurtenances design); (1) original recommendation on the application processes; (154) recommendations for MOV recipients that have been approved by the U.S. Attorney General; (1) recommendation in 2009 to adopt Bylaws; (2) recommendations addressing revisions to those Bylaws (the most recently during the Sept. 20, 2017 Board Meeting); and finally an additional (15) recommendations for MOV recipients emerging from the September 23, 2019, Review Board Meeting, which are pending vetting and the ultimate approval by the Attorney. Note: There were 5 MOV recipients in July 2017, and another 6 MOV recipients in September 2019, that were approved by the Attorney General under the exceptional circumstances provision within the MOV Act; and as such they did not involve recommendations from the MOV Board. There has also been a total of (19) Review Board meetings that that led to the formal recommendations on nominees to receive the MOV. This along with the other information on this page is a cumulative reference to the work the committee has undertaken since its inception and is not intended to reflect only those meetings that took place during the current FY. This is consistent with how this information has been complied for all previous annual reports.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*99.50%Access Committee WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentThe vast majority of Board recommendations have been fully implemented/accepted.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*0.50%Access PublicationsYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentDuring the period of the Board's operation, there has been 1 nominee recommended by the Board that was subsequently withdrawn upon the request of the agency that originally submitted the nomination. In addition, there was 1 additional recommended nominee that was ultimately not approved by the Attorney General. The Attorney General has approved all the Board’s remaining recommendations.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentN/A
Agency Feedback CommentThe Designated Federal Officer (DFO), acting on behalf of the Department of Justice, provides ongoing feedback in a number of ways. The DFO regularly communicates with the Board (via phone, email, in-person and WebEx meetings) in order to provide information relating to tasks, recommendations, administrative, operational and/or other issues of importance. In addition, DOJ leadership may provide feedback by seeking additional clarification concerning vetting information that is included with the Board's recommendations for MOV recipients. Finally, the U.S. Attorney General provides feedback on the Board's recommendations by signing off within the MOV Recommendation memorandum on each nominee that is approved to receive the MOV.Narrative Description*The Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor (MOV) is the highest national award for valor by a public safety officer, is awarded annually by the President or the Vice President to public safety officers who have gone above and beyond the call of duty and have exhibited exceptional courage, regardless of personal safety, in the attempt to save human life. Within DOJ’s 2018-2022 Strategic Plan, “Reduce Violent Crime and Promote Public Safety” is identified as one of the four strategic goals. The MOV Program serves to promote public safety by recognizing the exceptional actions of public safety officers who have exhibited exception courage, regardless of personal safety, in the attempt to save or protect human life. Further, the involvement of the President or Vice President in presenting the MOV in the name of Congress, provides a platform by which the nation can recognize and honor these exceptional public safety officers. In addition, the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) administers the National Medal of Valor Office. Under BJA’s focus on policies and support programs, is the goal of supporting law enforcement and prosecution. As such, BJA’s administration of the MOV program is a very visible way to support public safety, which includes support for law enforcement across this nation.
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Payments to Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Members*$5,838.38Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$6,700.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$41,652.15Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$43,000.00
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*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$6,710.80Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$15,000.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$0.00Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$71,995.95Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$80,000.00
Other Costs$88,591.57Est. Other Costs Next FY*$91,385.50
Total Costs$214,788.85Est. Total Next FY*$236,085.50
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.30Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.30
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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-034112Medal of Valor Review Board2018
 COM-001564Medal of Valor Review Board2017
 COM-002832Medal of Valor Review Board2016
 COM-003666Medal of Valor Review Board2015
 COM-005001Medal of Valor Review Board2014
 COM-005679Medal of Valor Review Board2013
 COM-006969Medal of Valor Review Board2012
 COM-007801Medal of Valor Review Board2011
 COM-009126Medal of Valor Review Board2010
 COM-010029Medal of Valor Review Board2009
 COM-011159Medal of Valor Review Board2008
 COM-011738Medal of Valor Review Board2007
 COM-012894Medal of Valor Review Board2006
 COM-013605Medal of Valor Review Board2005
 COM-014743Medal of Valor Review Board2004
 COM-015752Medal of Valor Review Board2003
 COM-016752Medal of Valor Review Board2002