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VA - 1351 - Special Medical Advisory Group - Statutory (Congress Created)


Committee NameSpecial Medical Advisory GroupAgency NameDepartment of Veterans Affairs
Fiscal Year2022Committee Number1351
Original Establishment Date1/1/1945Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*22
Current Charter Date7/30/2021Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Director of Communications, VHA Office of Clinical Services
Date Of Renewal Charter7/30/2023Designated Federal Officer PrefixMs.
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Selina
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Meiners
Establishment Authority*Statutory (Congress Created)Designated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*38 U.S.C. 7312Designated Federal Officer Phone*(202) 384-4259
Effective Date Of Authority*1/1/1945Designated Federal Officer Fax*
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 RequiredYes
Legislation StatusEnacted
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The Committee primarily advises and provides consultation to the Secretary (SECVA) and Under Secretary (USH) on various matters relating to the statutory mission of care and treatment of disabled Veterans and other matters pertinent to the Veterans Health Administration such as research, education and training, and VA's role in support of DoD and DHS contingency planning. The Committee considers emerging health care trends to make recommendations to VA as VA embarks on improving systems, rebuilding trust of Veterans and the American People, and continuing to be a learning organization. The Committee reviews extensive documents prior to the meetings and comes prepared to have an in-depth discussion and provide real-time feedback to the presenters and USH/SECVA. This year, SMAG reviewed matters related to VA's strategic Goal 1: Veterans choose VA for easy access, greater choices and clear information to make informed decisions, Goal 2: Veterans receive timely and integrated care and support that emphasizes their well-being and independence throughout their life journey, Goal 3: Veterans trust VA to be consistently accountable and transparent, and 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.
How is membership balanced?*The Committee has several statutory members, to include representatives from the medical, optometric, podiatric, allied health professions and a disabled Veteran, as well as other individuals considered by the USH. The additional members bring expertise in the areas of mental health, clinical quality, measurement and metrics, academic partnerships, research and leaders of large private sector healthcare organizations. Members offer the perspective of their professional disciplines, professional affiliations, unique ethnicities corresponding to established Veteran population constituencies, and the geographic areas from which they come. To better ensure the diversity of the health professions and clinical expertise, we increased membership capacity to 22. We always try to welcome members of various race, gender and ethnic backgrounds.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The Committee historically meets twice a year in-person with virtual meetings if needed. This year, the spring and fall meetings were held in person with the option for attendees to attend virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The committee members provide guidance and advice to the Under Secretary for Health and the Secretary on current matters of importance to VA and to the health care of our Veterans. The Committee members are senior and distinguished individuals in the field who are leaders within their professions. Therefore, their advice is carefully considered by the Under Secretary and Secretary.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The members of the SMAG are highly regarded experts in their field with experience leading large healthcare organizations. The majority are non-government employees, therefore, their experience in the private sector is pivotal as the VA is expanding services in the community and modernizing to confirm to best practices in the private sector.
Why close or partially close meetings?No meeting was closed or partially closed.
Recommendation RemarksThe committee provided verbal feedback during several topic discussions to VA leaders at the spring and fall meetings. One formal recommendation was voted upon and accepted per SMAG majority quorum at the 2022 spring meeting.


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*YesAction Reorganize Priorities*No
Outcome Trust In GovernmentYesAction Reallocate ResourcesNo
Outcome Major Policy ChangesYesAction 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 CommentN/A
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsNoGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentN/ANumber Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*NoneDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentN/AGrants Review CommentN/A
Number Of Recommendations*63Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentThe recommendations are from 1945 through FY 2022. The Veterans Health Administration reviews the recommendations and rationale and implements as appropriate.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*92.00%Access Committee WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentAccess GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*8.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentApproximately 5 recommendations from the 2018 report are in progress with plans in place to reach completion ahead of the 2025 timeline. SMAG DFO/ADFO continues to work with respective enterprise action plan leads to determine recommendation(s) closure statuses associated with major VISN/VAMC(s) restructuring programs & resources.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentN/A
Agency Feedback Comment*Formal correspondence and action plans are from the Secretary to the committee chairNarrative Description*The Committee provides advice to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs and the Under Secretary for Health on matters relating to the care and treatment of Veterans and other matters pertinent to the operations of the Veterans Health Administration (e.g., research, education and training, resources, information technology, quality and safety of care, costs, and VA/DoD contingency planning).
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Payments to Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$500.00
Payments to Federal Members*$1,451.28Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$3,000.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$133,525.63Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$138,132.00
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$500.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$4,433.01Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$8,000.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$3,000.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$22,290.86Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$25,000.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$3,296.95Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$3,750.00
Other Costs$6,565.34Est. Other Costs Next FY*$10,000.00
Total Costs$171,563.07Est. Total Next FY*$191,882.00
Date Cost Last Modified10/25/2022 9:35 PMEst. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.92
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.89Est Cost RemarksEstimated 12% increase for FY23 costs include anticipated funding requirements in support of two remaining membership vacancies, added non-federal and federal staff travel, consultancy support, etc. Correlating to forecasted federal staff support (FTE)* indicated for FY23, SMAG support staff anticipates requiring >10 individual agency employees --supporting under the continued strict collateral capacity-- to help ensure the voluminous operational and logistical objectives including vast annual reporting requirements. SMAG continues to recruit appropriately and effectively to fulfill this vital operational need in support of achieving SMAG's objectives effectively and efficiently.
Cost RemarksFY22 costs appropriately reflect federal staff and support staff including DFO/ADFO salary time contributions in support of spring and fall meetings. Correlating to federal staff support (FTE)* indicated, SMAG support staff required up to ten (10) individual agency employees --supporting under strict collateral capacity -- to help ensure the voluminous operational and logistical objectives including vast annual reporting requirements.  
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Interest Areas

Emergency Preparedness and Management
Federal Employment
Federal Employees and Personnel
Federal Government
Internal Federal Government
Tribal Government
Health Care
Medical Practitioners
Public Health
Health and Health Research
Medicine and Dentistry
Research and Development
Veterans and Veterans' Medical Care


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ActionCommittee System IDSubcommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-035003PREVENTS Subcommittee2022
 COM-035002Subcommittee on Veteran Clinical Eligibility Assessment for the Caregiver Support Program2022
 COM-032523VA New Hampshire Vision 2025 Task Force2022


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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-039959Special Medical Advisory Group2021
 COM-037809Special Medical Advisory Group2020
 COM-035963Special Medical Advisory Group2019
 COM-033607Special Medical Advisory Group2018
 COM-001235Special Medical Advisory Group2017
 COM-003101Special Medical Advisory Group2016
 COM-003999Special Medical Advisory Group2015
 COM-005319Special Medical Advisory Group2014
 COM-005473Special Medical Advisory Group2013
 COM-007325Special Medical Advisory Group2012
 COM-007599Special Medical Advisory Group2011
 COM-008853Special Medical Advisory Group2010
 COM-010536Special Medical Advisory Group2009
 COM-011379Special Medical Advisory Group2008
 COM-011545Special Medical Advisory Group2007
 COM-013230Special Medical Advisory Group2006
 COM-014126Special Medical Advisory Group2005
 COM-014295Special Medical Advisory Group2004
 COM-015256Special Medical Advisory Group2003
 COM-016341Special Medical Advisory Group2002
 COM-018051Special Medical Advisory Group2001
 COM-018312Special Medical Advisory Group2000
 COM-019971Special Medical Advisory Group1999
 COM-020250Special Medical Advisory Group1998
 COM-021986Special Medical Advisory Group1997