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VA - 1983 - Advisory Committee on Minority Veterans - Statutory (Congress Created)


Committee NameAdvisory Committee on Minority VeteransAgency NameDepartment of Veterans Affairs
Fiscal Year2019Committee Number1983
Original Establishment Date11/2/1994Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*12
Current Charter Date3/25/2020Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Executive Director, Center for Minority Veterans
Date Of Renewal Charter3/25/2022Designated Federal Officer PrefixMr.
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Stephen
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle NameB..
Specific Termination AuthorityPublic Law 106-117 , Sec. 803Designated Federal Officer Last Name*Dillard
Establishment Authority*Statutory (Congress Created)Designated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*38 U.S.C. 544Designated Federal Officer Phone*(202) 461-6191
Effective Date Of Authority*11/2/1994Designated Federal Officer Fax*(202) 273-7092
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary CmteNot ApplicableDesignated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Type*Continuing
Committee Function*National Policy Issue Advisory Board


Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNot Applicable
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The Committee accomplishes its purpose through briefings from the Secretary and Senior Leaders, annual site visits at VA facilities with large minority Veteran populations and town hall meetings in local communities. The results and findings from these combined activities translate into recommendations that advise the Secretary on issues, concerns and gaps in services that directly impact minority Veterans. The Committee’s recommendations align with and support three VA priorities: improving the Veterans experience, improving the employee’s experience and increasing access to health care. Additionally, they also contribute to addressing key VA priorities, namely Mission Act and suicide prevention. In conducting site visits to VA facilities with large percentages of minority Veterans, the committee is able to identify potential barriers that minority Veterans may encounter when accessing health care services and also recognize service gaps. The Committee's recommendations to the department ensure that important needs and potential gaps in service are considered when exploring options related to the Mission Act. During briefings with senior leaders from VHA, VBA, NCA and program offices, the committee members gain insights on VA’s progress in addressing prior recommendations made by the committee, as well as, obtain information regarding initiatives that are relevant to serving the needs of minority Veterans. The town hall meetings provide a forum for committee members to listen to the voice of minority Veterans and to understand their perspective of what their experiences are when they utilize various VA services and benefit programs, thus assisting committee members in determining appropriate recommendations that address access to care issues which is a priority of the Secretary. These recommendations are submitted in the biennial advisory committee report to the Secretary and Congress. The Committee monitors VA’s progress in implementing plans of actions submitted by VHA, VBA and NCA to address the service gaps and identified needs of minority Veterans, including VA employees who are also Veterans. Therefore, the purpose and ultimate results of the combined activities of the committee translate into substantive recommendations that impact minority Veterans and support three key VA priorities and priorities of the Secretary.
How is membership balanced?*The Committee is balanced ethnically and geographically to include representation of all five minority groups mandated by law: African American, Hispanic/Latino, Asian American, Pacific Islander, and Native American, including American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian. Most Committee members are members of major VSO's and all branches of the Armed Services (enlisted/officer) are represented.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The Committee conducts at least two meetings per fiscal year. The standard operations entail conducting one local meeting in Washington, D.C. to receive updates from VA Senior Leaders, and one site visit to a VA facility with a high concentration of minority Veterans. Veteran town hall meetings are conducted during site visits to encourage direct contact with minority Veterans to determine their level of satisfaction with VA benefits and services. In FY 2019, the Committee held two meetings: December 11-13, 2018 (Washington, DC) and April 9-11, 2019 (Houston, TX).
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*This Committee provides a unique representation of a broad cross section of the Veteran population as a whole. The members bring varied and distinguished background and experience working with Veterans and are well connected to minority Veteran serving organizations. Some of this experience is in the fields of medicine, law, labor, community organizations, Veterans organizations and business. All of these individuals believe there is a need for the advice and counsel they provide to the Secretary. The Committee provides an impartial and independent review of VA programs. Department of Defense demographics indicate a continually increasing minority population make up of our armed forces. Therefore, realigning policies and programs to meet the changing demographics in our Veteran population is crucial to ensuring the Department provides the best care and services in a culturally competent manner.
Why close or partially close meetings?The Committee meetings are open to the public. However, if the committee tours a VA facility, the meetings are closed to the public to protect patient privacy.
Recommendation RemarksPursuant to Public Law 103-446, section 510, the Committee has been extended until September 30, 2018. Proposed legislation to extend the Committee to December 31, 2020 was submitted and is anticipated to be approved with the FY 2019 budget.


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*YesAction Reorganize Priorities*Yes
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 CommentNA
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsNoGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentNANumber Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentNAGrants Review CommentNA
Number Of Recommendations*304Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentThis is a total of recommendations for FY 2003 through FY 2019.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*63.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentNAAccess GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*18.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentNAAccess OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentN/A
Agency Feedback CommentCommittee receive briefings by VA leadership on past years' recommendations. Additionally, the biennial report that the Committee provides to Congress is addressed by the Secretary in a transmittal letter which responds to all recommendations made by the Committee. These responses are shared with the Committee.Narrative Description*The Committee reviews reports completed by GAO, VA OIG, and other consultants that have completed assessments of VA programs, services or benefits in order to assess how well the Department manages Veterans programs. The Committee conducts site visits to VA facilities through out country, in areas where there are indications of problems or to benchmark best business practices. The Committee ensures that the needs of minority Veterans are being addressed in the Department.
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Payments to Non-Federal Members*$15,750.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$18,000.00
Payments to Federal Members*$0.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$263,304.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$263,304.00
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$25,843.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$30,000.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$6,600.00Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$6,000.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$0.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Other Costs$18,988.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$20,000.00
Total Costs$330,485.00Est. Total Next FY*$337,304.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*1.50Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*1.50
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Interest Areas

Health Care
Physical Fitness
Job Training
Health and Health Research
Medicine and Dentistry
Rehabilitation and Disability
Veterans and Veterans' Medical Care


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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-033602Advisory Committee on Minority Veterans2018
 COM-001182Advisory Committee on Minority Veterans2017
 COM-003093Advisory Committee on Minority Veterans2016
 COM-003992Advisory Committee on Minority Veterans2015
 COM-005239Advisory Committee on Minority Veterans2014
 COM-005487Advisory Committee on Minority Veterans2013
 COM-007301Advisory Committee on Minority Veterans2012
 COM-007465Advisory Committee on Minority Veterans2011
 COM-008838Advisory Committee on Minority Veterans2010
 COM-010256Advisory Committee on Minority Veterans2009
 COM-011371Advisory Committee on Minority Veterans2008
 COM-012232Advisory Committee on Minority Veterans2007
 COM-013231Advisory Committee on Minority Veterans2006
 COM-014132Advisory Committee on Minority Veterans2005
 COM-014423Advisory Committee on Minority Veterans2004
 COM-015328Advisory Committee on Minority Veterans2003
 COM-017086Advisory Committee on Minority Veterans2002
 COM-017998Advisory Committee on Minority Veterans2001
 COM-018326Advisory Committee on Minority Veterans2000
 COM-019956Advisory Committee on Minority Veterans1999
 COM-020223Advisory Committee on Minority Veterans1998
 COM-021842Advisory Committee on Minority Veterans1997