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GENERAL INFORMATION

Committee NameAdvisory Committee on Prosthetics and Special-Disabilities ProgramsAgency NameDepartment of Veterans Affairs
Fiscal Year2019Committee Number33
Original Establishment Date10/9/1992Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URL 
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*12
Current Charter Date5/24/2018Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Designated Federal Officer
Date Of Renewal Charter5/24/2020Designated Federal Officer PrefixDr.
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Judy
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle NameD'Amico
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Schafer
Establishment Authority*Statutory (Congress Created)Designated Federal Officer SuffixPhD
Specific Establishment Authority*38 U.S.C. 543Designated Federal Officer Phone*(202) 461-7315
Effective Date Of Authority*10/9/1992Designated Federal Officer Fax*(202) 495-5473
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary CmteNot ApplicableDesignated Federal Officer Email*judy.schafer@va.gov
Committee Type*Continuing
Presidential*No
Committee Function*Non Scientific Program Advisory Board
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RECOMMENDATION/JUSTIFICATIONS

Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNo
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The Federal Advisory Committee for Prosthetics and Special Disabilities Programs met
objectives for VA Priorities in FY 2019. The Committee provided advice to the Secretary on
prosthetics and special disabilities programs which are defined as any program administered by
the Secretary to serve Veterans with spinal cord injury, blindness or visual impairment, loss of
or loss of use of extremities, deafness or hearing impairment, or other serious incapacities in
terms of daily life functions. The interaction of the Committee with various VA programs for the severely disabled Veteran population and their recommendations to these programs supported VA initiatives to improve the quantity and quality of services provided to these Veterans while meeting the Department’s Strategic Goals, to include:
• Goal 1 - Veterans choose VA for easy access, greater choices, and clear information to make informed decisions: In FY2019, Veterans’ access to rehabilitation and prosthetic services increased to include expanding Chiropractic Care across VHA by adding 17 additional new chiropractic clinics in compliance with Public Law 115-141. VA promoted High Performing Community Partnerships by developing and utilizing a multi-factorial assessment tool to objectively evaluate geographic distribution of adaptive sports grants (ASG) and ensure programming is available nationwide, particularly for funding underserved areas of sport, rural geographical regions, and areas with high Veteran population density. This effectively facilitated a more objective review process and successful awarding of 126 grants to 124 grantees in FY2019, totaling $14.8M – the greatest number of grants and largest amount ever awarded by VA for ASG.
• Goal 2 – Veterans receive timely and integrated care and support that emphasizes their well-being and independence throughout their life journey: VA developed and implemented a multi-pronged action plan to implement Section 161 of the MISSION Act to strengthen the VA Caregiver Support Program and expand the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers, with the inclusion of Veterans who were seriously injured before 9/11/2001. Over 7 strategies were operationalized across VA in collaboration with multiple staff offices to standardize this program, expand across the enterprise and adapt to the changing patient population. This included: developing and obtaining leadership approval of a comprehensive national staffing plan; convening a first ever subcommittee of experts on Veteran Clinical Eligibility Assessments to recommend an assessment tool for evaluating Veteran functional needs; publishing 14 SOPs; developing performance metrics; and developing communication messaging for the Department regarding this expansion.
• Goal 3 – Veterans trust VA to be consistently accountable and transparent: In developing the new Electronic Health Record (EHR) that will ensure integrity of Veteran’s medical records and integration with their military health records, all required workflows for Rehabilitation and Prosthetic Service acute therapies have been developed and submitted for the new EHR. All rehabilitation specialties developed and validated evaluation and treatment documentation forms in support of initial operating capability. All workgroups within the Rehabilitation and Acute Clinical Ancillaries Council identified risks for their respective disciplines which have been resolved. Other workgroups in this council are in process of developing proposed solutions to mitigate identified risks; e.g., monitoring prosthetic limbs orders without a Cerner solution. A Commercial Off the Shelf (COTS) application was identified as an enterprise solution to ensure successful transition to the new EHR efficiently integrate audiology records from VA and DoD.
• Goal 4 – VA will modernize systems and focus resources more efficiently to be competitive and to provide World Class capabilities to Veterans and its employees: VA continued transforming business systems, establishing new contracts for Biologic Implants to leverage VA buying power and ease burden on VA clinical staff for providing prescribing and procuring these items. Effectively deployed process improvements to virtually monitor, evaluate and assist sites with managing timeliness for fulfilling requests for prosthetic items, reducing pending requests for prosthetic items by 77% from the baseline from FY2018. Successfully implementing FLOW3 to enable real-time tracking, procurement, and provision of prosthetic limbs and improved timely services to Veterans.
How is membership balanced?*The Committee is comprised of not more than 12 members made up of experts from the rehabilitation, research, management administration and audiological fields including Veteran consumers. The majority of the Committee’s diverse membership will be designated as Special Government Employees with a variety of backgrounds and knowledge sufficient to provide adequate advice and guidance to the Secretary. VA will strive to develop a Committee membership that represents members with diverse professional and personal qualifications: experience in military service, military deployments, working with Veterans, subject matter expertise, and working in large and complex organizations. The Committee shall represent, to the extent possible, Veterans or diverse eras and branches of service, as well as diversity in race/ethnicity, gender, religion, disability, and geographical background.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The Committee meets twice a year. Title 38 U.S.C. Section 543 requires the Secretary to regularly consult with and seek the advice of the Committee. The Committee receives update briefings from key program officials on issues and recommendations addressed in past meetings. However, the Committee met twice this year.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The Committee conducts a comprehensive review of prosthetics and special disabilities programs administered by the Department. All Committee recommendations and responses support the Department's strategic goals. The Committee's work is appreciated and provides great value to the Department. Its work is vital to improving the quality of care for Veterans with spinal cord injuries, blindness or visual impairment, loss of or loss of use of extremities, deafness or hearing impairment or other serious incapacities.
Why close or partially close meetings?All meetings are open to the public. Sessions are open to the public except when the Committee is conducting tours of VA facilities, and participating in off-site events. Tours of VA facilities are closed to protect Veterans’ privacy and personal information, in accordance with 5 U.S.C. Sec. 552b(c)(6).
Recommendation RemarksNo comments.
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PERFORMANCE MEASURES

Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*YesAction Reorganize Priorities*Yes
Outcome Trust In GovernmentYesAction Reallocate ResourcesYes
Outcome Major Policy ChangesNoAction 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 CommentUnable to determine cost savings associated with this Committee.Grants Review CommentNA
Number Of Recommendations*182Access 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*80.00%Access Committee WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentSome recommendations requires long term planning in order to implement. Committee receives updates regarding implementation of each recommendation.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*20.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentSome recommendations requires long term planning in order to implement. Committee receives updates regarding implementation of each recommendation.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentN/A
Agency Feedback CommentThe Department provides a written response to each recommendation.Narrative Description*The Committee represents the interests of Veterans with spinal cord injury, blindness or visual impairment, loss of or loss of use of extremities, deafness or hearing impairment, or other serious incapacities in terms of daily life functions.
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COSTS

Payments to Non-Federal Members*$18,562.04Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$20,000.00
Payments to Federal Members*$0.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$105,017.67Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$106,067.00
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$61,882.57Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$65,000.00
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$4,978.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$5,500.00
Total Costs$190,440.28Est. Total Next FY*$196,567.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.30Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.30
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DATA FROM PREVIOUS YEARS

Committee

Data from Previous Years

 
ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-033604Advisory Committee on Prosthetics and Special-Disabilities Programs2018
 COM-001832Advisory Committee on Prosthetics and Special-Disabilities Programs2017
 COM-002154Advisory Committee on Prosthetics and Special-Disabilities Programs2016
 COM-003215Advisory Committee on Prosthetics and Special-Disabilities Programs2015
 COM-005316Advisory Committee on Prosthetics and Special-Disabilities Programs2014
 COM-006086Advisory Committee on Prosthetics and Special-Disabilities Programs2013
 COM-006674Advisory Committee on Prosthetics and Special-Disabilities Programs2012
 COM-007466Advisory Committee on Prosthetics and Special-Disabilities Programs2011
 COM-009465Advisory Committee on Prosthetics and Special-Disabilities Programs2010
 COM-009693Advisory Committee on Prosthetics and Special-Disabilities Programs2009
 COM-010815Advisory Committee on Prosthetics and Special-Disabilities Programs2008
 COM-011537Advisory Committee on Prosthetics and Special-Disabilities Programs2007
 COM-012503Advisory Committee on Prosthetics and Special-Disabilities Programs2006
 COM-013406Advisory Committee on Prosthetics and Special-Disabilities Programs2005
 COM-015145Advisory Committee on Prosthetics and Special-Disabilities Programs2004
 COM-016215Advisory Committee on Prosthetics and Special-Disabilities Programs2003
 COM-016306Advisory Committee on Prosthetics and Special-Disabilities Programs2002
 COM-017300Advisory Committee on Prosthetics and Special-Disabilities Programs2001
 COM-018273Advisory Committee on Prosthetics and Special-Disabilities Programs2000
 COM-019252Advisory Committee on Prosthetics and Special-Disabilities Programs1999
 COM-020910Advisory Committee on Prosthetics and Special-Disabilities Programs1998
 COM-021132Advisory Committee on Prosthetics and Special-Disabilities Programs1997