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VA - 1332 - Advisory Committee on Women Veterans - Statutory (Congress Created)


Committee NameAdvisory Committee on Women VeteransAgency NameDepartment of Veterans Affairs
Fiscal Year2022Committee Number1332
Original Establishment Date11/23/1983Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*12
Current Charter Date10/14/2021Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Director, Center for Women Veterans
Date Of Renewal Charter10/14/2023Designated Federal Officer PrefixMs.
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Lourdes
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Tiglao
Establishment Authority*Statutory (Congress Created)Designated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*38 U.S.C. 542Designated Federal Officer Phone*(202) 461-6193
Effective Date Of Authority*11/23/1983Designated 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 RequiredNo
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*Through regular meetings, the Committee is briefed by VA Administrations and Staff Offices about their initiatives, especially those targeting women Veterans (e.g. potential increased risk of death by suicide, adverse outcomes related to opiate usage), and engages in open discussion with VA leadership and subject matter experts. The Committee also conducts annual site visits, to gain an understanding of how VA policy is implemented in the field. The meetings, and site visit--which includes a town hall meeting for stakeholders--are used as tools to monitor changes from both the Department's and consumers' perspectives. The Committee uses the information gathered from meetings to construct a Congressionally-mandated, biennial report to the Secretary of VA. This report includes the recommendations constructed by the Committee and supporting rationales, as well as VA's responses to those recommendations. The Committee submitted its last biennial report in FY 20. The activities enabled the Committee to advise the Secretary on VA's priorities and strategic goals across the Administrations (VHA, VBA, NCA) and staff offices: providing greater choices for Veterans; modernizating VA's systems; focusing resources more efficiently; improving timeliness of services; and preventing suicide.
How is membership balanced?*The Committee is comprised of a diverse group of Veterans--women and men--representing several branches of the armed services, enlisted and officer ranks, various eras of service (e.g., Korea, Vietnam, Persian Gulf, Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation New Dawn), various professional areas, and the women Veterans' community. All candidate nominations are reviewed for their military and civilian experience, Veterans status, Veterans advocacy involvement, and ability to contribute to the gender-specific health care and benefits needs of women Veterans. Consideration is also given the following to ensure balance: the ethnic and geographic diversity of the Veterans population, sexual orientation/gender expression representation, longevity of military service, significant deployment experience and ability to handle complex issues. Membership of the Committee is reviewed and appointments are made based on an individual's potential contributions to the women Veterans community and the representational needs of the Committee. Candidates meeting demographic needs of the committee are recommended for appointment as Special Government Employees.Current membership includes representation by Veterans from the Air Force, Navy, Army and the National Guard. Members represent a variety of military career fields and possess extensive military experience, to include service during the Vietnam era and service in theater for the Persian Gulf War, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The Committee is expected to meet at least twice per year--usually a regular meeting at VA Central Office in Washington, DC and a site visit in the field (to include visits to a VA medical center that has a women's clinic and an active special emphasis program designed for women Veterans, a regional office and a cemetery). The meeting held in Washington, DC, is designed to brief Committee members on Department initiatives; to engage in transparent dialogue with key officials on issues currently concerning the women Veterans' community and to receive updates on policy and initiatives; and to provide a mechanism to formulate and finalize Committee recommendations. Site visits usually include visits to VA medical centers, regional offices, Vet Centers, outpatient clinics, and national cemeteries. In FY 2022, the Committee held virtual regular meetings on December 14-16, 2021 and May 9-11, 2022, where the committee received briefings from the Administrations, updates on 2020 report recommendations, and crafted recommendations for its 2022 report. The committee conducted a virtual site visit on August 29-September 1, 2022 with the VA Caribbean Health Care System in San Juan, PR. Committee members maintain a strong liaison within the women Veterans' community, State Departments of Veterans Affairs, national Veterans service organizations and other special interest groups concerned about Veterans issues. Members actively participate in meetings and forums that address women concerns. Additionally, members usually observe town hall meetings with women Veterans who are consumers of VA services and other advocates interested in women Veterans issues. The Committee’s meetings adds tremendous value to VA, as well as other stakeholders interested in women Veterans’ issues. The briefings provide an opportunity for VA to enhance stakeholders’ and the Committee members’ understanding about its programs, policies and initiatives. This enhanced knowledge enables the Committee to consider how VA’s programs and policies specifically impact women Veterans. Representatives from Veterans service organizations, interested members of the public and VA staff from various administrations attend the meeting for the educational value and to assess potential opportunities for future collaborations that would enhance outreach to women Veterans.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*This Committee is the only Committee within the Department that is comprised of individuals with the personal and historical understanding of the issues confronting women Veterans and the barriers they encounter in accessing services and benefits from VA. It is a consumer-oriented Committee that is well-versed in women Veterans issues while, at the same time, is capable of developing recommendations that incorporate both the needs of the consumer and the needs of the Department.
Why close or partially close meetings?Committee meetings are open to the public. However, Committee activities, such as tours in a medical environment where there could be patients interaction, were closed to the public to respect patient privacy. The site visit usually includes several closed sessions, to protect patient privacy during tours of medical facilities, in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 552b(c)(6).
Recommendation RemarksThe Advisory Committee on Women Veterans (Committee) is Congressionally mandated to advise the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) on issues related to the Department's administration of benefits and services for women Veterans, with respect to health care, rehabilitation, compensation, and outreach.


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*YesAction Reorganize Priorities*Yes
Outcome Trust In GovernmentYesAction Reallocate ResourcesYes
Outcome Major Policy ChangesYesAction Issued New RegulationsYes
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchYesAction Proposed LegislationYes
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryYesAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionYesAction CommentNA
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsYesGrants 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*179Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentThis is a total of recommendations for FY 2003 through FY 2022.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*60.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% 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 Comment*Agency feedback is provided by written responses to Committee recommendations and requests for information, through briefings and updates to the Committee and by information directly disseminated to the members throughout the year.Narrative Description*The Committee advises the Secretary on issues related to the administration of VA benefits and services for women Veterans. It conducts at least two meetings at VA Central Office (VACO), where they receive briefings from senior VA officials, and subject matter experts in the Administrations and Staff Offices regarding initiatives for women Veterans, and openly discuss their concerns with VA representatives. Additionally, the Committee conducts an annual site visit to local VA facilities, which includes a town hall meeting with women Veterans who are consumers of VA services, and other stakeholders. In this way, the Committee monitors changes from both the Department and consumer perspectives. The Committee prepares a Congressionally-mandated biennial report, which includes recommendations and rationales that address issues impacting the women Veterans population. A comprehensive report is then provided to Congress, which encompasses the Committee's recommendations and rationales, and VA's responses to the recommendations.
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Payments to Non-Federal Members*$22,625.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$22,000.00
Payments to Federal Members*$8,256.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$18,188.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$187,027.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$187,027.00
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*$51,000.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$10,000.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$0.00Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$7,000.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$0.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Other Costs$14,298.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$15,000.00
Total Costs$232,206.00Est. Total Next FY*$310,215.00
Date Cost Last Modified10/27/2022 6:08 PMEst. Fed Staff Support Next FY*1.50
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*1.50Est Cost RemarksAssumes that at least one or remainder of meetings in FY23 will be in-person, which impacts all costs.
Cost RemarksAll meeting in FY22 were virtual and abbreviated in durations, which impacted all costs. There were several vacancies among the ex-officio members for extended amount of time due to early departures and length of process for designation of replacements.  
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Interest Areas

Rehabilitation and Disability
Veterans and Veterans' Medical Care


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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-039999Advisory Committee on Women Veterans2021
 COM-037814Advisory Committee on Women Veterans2020
 COM-035968Advisory Committee on Women Veterans2019
 COM-033612Advisory Committee on Women Veterans2018
 COM-001211Advisory Committee on Women Veterans2017
 COM-003047Advisory Committee on Women Veterans2016
 COM-003977Advisory Committee on Women Veterans2015
 COM-004590Advisory Committee on Women Veterans2014
 COM-005474Advisory Committee on Women Veterans2013
 COM-007300Advisory Committee on Women Veterans2012
 COM-007600Advisory Committee on Women Veterans2011
 COM-008782Advisory Committee on Women Veterans2010
 COM-009696Advisory Committee on Women Veterans2009
 COM-010738Advisory Committee on Women Veterans2008
 COM-011556Advisory Committee on Women Veterans2007
 COM-013222Advisory Committee on Women Veterans2006
 COM-014124Advisory Committee on Women Veterans2005
 COM-015212Advisory Committee on Women Veterans2004
 COM-015338Advisory Committee on Women Veterans2003
 COM-016395Advisory Committee on Women Veterans2002
 COM-018045Advisory Committee on Women Veterans2001
 COM-018315Advisory Committee on Women Veterans2000
 COM-020086Advisory Committee on Women Veterans1999
 COM-020112Advisory Committee on Women Veterans1998
 COM-021815Advisory Committee on Women Veterans1997