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Committee NameVeterans' Advisory Committee on RehabilitationAgency NameDepartment of Veterans Affairs
Fiscal Year2019Committee Number48
Original Establishment Date10/1/1980Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URL 
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*15
Current Charter Date11/18/2019Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Designated Federal Officer
Date Of Renewal Charter11/18/2021Designated Federal Officer PrefixMs.
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Latrese
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Arnold
Establishment Authority*Statutory (Congress Created)Designated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*38 U.S.C. 3121Designated Federal Officer Phone*(202) 461-9773
Effective Date Of Authority*10/1/1980Designated Federal Officer Fax*(202) 275-5122
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary CmteNot ApplicableDesignated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Type*Continuing
Committee Function*Non Scientific Program Advisory Board


Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNo
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The Committee is in alignment with VA Strategic Goals, whereby the Committee assesses the rehabilitation needs of Veterans with disabilities and reviews the programs and activities within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that are designed to meet those needs. During the March meeting, the Committee was advised on the VA Telehealth and Tele-counseling services which is aligned with goal #1 as it is focused on Veterans choosing VA for easy access, greater choices, and clear information to make informed decisions. The August meeting was in alignment with goal #2 which focuses on Veterans receive timely and integrated care and support that emphasizes their well-being and independence throughout their life journey. Overall, the Committee meetings were in alignment with goal #4, which focuses on the Committees continued assessment of programs aimed at providing Veterans with modernized systems and focus resources more efficiently to be competitive and to provide World Class capabilities to Veterans and its employees. An annual report is prepared each calendar year offering recommendations to the Secretary concerning the administration of Veterans' Rehabilitation Programs under Title 38, United States Code. The Secretary takes such reports under advisement and includes them in his annual report to Congress.
How is membership balanced?*The Committee is comprised of members with diverse professional and personal backgrounds and experiences: military service, working with Veterans, rehabilitation subject matter experts, and working in the private and public sectors. The Committee also represents diversity in race/ethnicity, gender, religion, disability, sexual orientation and geographical backgrounds. A reasonable effort has been made to appoint candidates who work in the areas of rehabilitation medicine, vocational guidance, vocational rehabilitation, employment, and training. The Committee includes Veterans with disabilities, some of whom were injured in Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom and Vietnam. The Committee also includes female Veterans and a disabled Veteran who is also a National Service Organization Officer. The diversity of the Committee is highly valued. The Committee's diverse demographics are representative of the target population they serve as they identify the needs of a diverse Veteran population.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The Committee meets a minimum of two times per year. The meetings provide briefings on VA (and other) rehabilitation related programs and innovative services for Veterans with disabilities. The Committee members are provided with relevant and detailed information on trends in rehabilitation, current disability issues and VA rehabilitation programs.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*VA has no other method of obtaining this level of expertise on rehabilitation issues. The Committee is able to cross divisional boundaries and examine how Veterans Health Administration and Veterans Benefits Administration operate in providing rehabilitation services. The Committee can point out duplication of services, communication issues, and suggest improvements in service delivery between various VA components without bias or motivation for professional gain. Additionally, the Committee is comprised of individuals with diverse, extensive, and nationally recognized knowledge of rehabilitation that allows them to bring to the Secretary's attention general trends and state-of-the art practices in the rehabilitation field. This type of expertise is particularly useful in recommending solutions to some of VA's challenges in meeting the rehabilitation needs of Veterans with disabilities.
Why close or partially close meetings?The Committee meetings are open to the public. However, partially closed committee meetings have been conducted when topics discussed could disclose information of a personal nature where disclosure would constitute an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy. Therefore, closing the meeting would be in compliance with 5 U.S.C. 552b (c) (6).
Recommendation RemarksVR&E Service recommends that the Committee continue its mission to ensure that the needs of Veterans with disabilities are addressed in the VA’s policies, benefits and services. The Committee’s recommendations are instrumental in helping VA maintain awareness of the needs encountered by Veterans with disabilities.


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 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*41Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentThis is a total of recommendations for FY 2003 through FY 2019.Access Agency WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented*80.00%Access Committee WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentNAAccess GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*20.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentNAAccess OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentN/A
Agency Feedback CommentThe Department responds in writing to all Committee recommendations.Narrative Description*The Veterans' Advisory Committee on Rehabilitation has the charge to assess the rehabilitation needs of Veterans with disabilities and to address those needs holistically. This Committee continues to support the mission of the agency to serve the needs of Veterans and their families. The first VA strategic goal states that the VA shall restore the capability of Veterans with disabilities to the greatest extent possible and improve the quality of their lives and that of their families. The work of the Committee is to improve the administration of services to Veterans with disabilities.
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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*$0.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$30,666.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$30,666.00
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*$30,000.00Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$30,000.00
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$10,000.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$10,000.00
Total Costs$70,666.00Est. Total Next FY*$70,666.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.90Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.90
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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-033611Veterans' Advisory Committee on Rehabilitation2018
 COM-001183Veterans' Advisory Committee on Rehabilitation2017
 COM-002415Veterans' Advisory Committee on Rehabilitation2016
 COM-004271Veterans' Advisory Committee on Rehabilitation2015
 COM-005209Veterans' Advisory Committee on Rehabilitation2014
 COM-005463Veterans' Advisory Committee on Rehabilitation2013
 COM-006670Veterans' Advisory Committee on Rehabilitation2012
 COM-008495Veterans' Advisory Committee on Rehabilitation2011
 COM-009449Veterans' Advisory Committee on Rehabilitation2010
 COM-009683Veterans' Advisory Committee on Rehabilitation2009
 COM-011452Veterans' Advisory Committee on Rehabilitation2008
 COM-011544Veterans' Advisory Committee on Rehabilitation2007
 COM-012557Veterans' Advisory Committee on Rehabilitation2006
 COM-014237Veterans' Advisory Committee on Rehabilitation2005
 COM-015134Veterans' Advisory Committee on Rehabilitation2004
 COM-016078Veterans' Advisory Committee on Rehabilitation2003
 COM-016372Veterans' Advisory Committee on Rehabilitation2002
 COM-018156Veterans' Advisory Committee on Rehabilitation2001
 COM-018214Veterans' Advisory Committee on Rehabilitation2000
 COM-019939Veterans' Advisory Committee on Rehabilitation1999
 COM-020904Veterans' Advisory Committee on Rehabilitation1998
 COM-021130Veterans' Advisory Committee on Rehabilitation1997