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VA - 1328 - Advisory Committee on Cemeteries and Memorials - Statutory (Congress Created)
Hide Section - GENERAL INFORMATION

GENERAL INFORMATION

Committee NameAdvisory Committee on Cemeteries and MemorialsAgency NameDepartment of Veterans Affairs
Fiscal Year2022Committee Number1328
Original Establishment Date6/18/1973Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URLhttp://www.cem.va.gov/cem/about/advisory_commit...
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*12
Current Charter Date6/2/2021Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Program Analyst/Outreach Coordinator
Date Of Renewal Charter6/2/2023Designated Federal Officer PrefixMs.
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Faith
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Hopkins
Establishment Authority*Statutory (Congress Created)Designated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*38 U.S.C. 2401Designated Federal Officer Phone*(202) 603-4499
Effective Date Of Authority*6/18/1973Designated Federal Officer Fax*(202) 273-6709
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary CmteNot ApplicableDesignated Federal Officer Email*faith.hopkins@va.gov
Committee Type*Continuing
Presidential*No
Committee Function*Non Scientific Program Advisory Board
Hide Section - RECOMMENDATION/JUSTIFICATIONS

RECOMMENDATION/JUSTIFICATIONS

Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNo
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The Advisory Committee on Cemeteries and Memorials is authorized by title 38 U.S.C. § 2401 and charged with providing advice to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs on the administration of national cemeteries, the selection of cemetery sites, erection of appropriate memorials and adequacy of Federal burial benefits. The Committee also submits reports and recommendations to the Secretary and Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs, as appropriate, that may call for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) operational changes and/or other measures designed to positively impact burial benefits program, cemetery administration and the delivery of benefits. The Secretary takes such reports and recommendations under advisement for possible action.

The Committee is comprised of members from diverse backgrounds and Ex-Officios from the National Park Service, American Battle Monuments Commission, and Army National Military Cemeteries. To accomplish its goals, the Committee holds two, semi-annual meetings (open to the public), and monthly/bi-monthly meetings to discuss administrative items. For Fiscal Year 2021, the Committee reviewed societal burial trends; outreach and memorialization efforts; and issues impacting access for rural, American Indian, and Native Alaskan Veterans.

The Fall meeting was held virtually on October 13-14, 2021. The Honorable VA Secretary Denis McDonough provided remarks to the Committee and formerly appointed new members Amerophan Callahan, Thomas Hernandez, William Kennedy, Paul Adkins, and James Earp. Secretary McDonough discussed his key priorities for VA. In alignment with the President’s mission of caring for all Veterans, VA has developed a vision focused on four key attributes -advocacy, access, outcomes, and excellence.

Secretary McDonough is looking for the Committee’s best efforts and actionable recommendations to meet the challenges of reaching the five percent of Veterans who are hardest to reach and who need access to VA benefits; assisting with the recovery and dignified burial of unclaimed remains of Veterans. Reducing pandemic-related delays in obtaining Veterans' records; developing continued strategies to meet societal burial trends, such as green burials and cremations; Determining ways to manage water needs at VA cemeteries in a changing climate; continuing outreach to minority, tribal, LGBTQ+, and women Veterans because everyone deserves compassion and the care NCA provides Veterans and families.

The committee received a briefing from Mr. Matthew Quinn, Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs who discussed the Vision for NCA and shared two of his top priorities as the Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs: Operations and Memorialization. Mr. Glenn Powers provided an update on the request for information about the Interment of Non–Veteran Guard Members and Reservists in Veteran Cemetery Grant Program cemeteries. Briefings were provided on the National Cemetery Scheduling Office operations, Veterans Cemetery Grants Program updates on the number of grants awarded, and new state cemeteries, and the Veterans Legacy Memorial. The working groups provided updates on cultural issues impacting the lack of usage of Tribal Veteran cemeteries

The Spring meeting was held in person at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Memorial Building in Washington, D.C., June 15-16, 2022. The Committee received remarks from Mr. Matthew T. Quinn, Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs. Mr. Quinn thanked the Committee for their guidance and assistance in creating the environment in which National Shrines can exist, as well as the partnership with the states, tribes, and territories on the grant program. Mr. Quinn also provided an overview of NCA that included a history of NCA, staffing, burial benefit, eligibility, and outreach.

The Committee received briefings from the Office of Cemetery Operations that included an update on Green Burials and Urban and Rural Initiative Cemeteries. Additional briefings were presented by American Battle Monuments Commission, and National Park Service representatives. An update on the HR 7105 Urn/Commemorative Plaque Benefit was provided by the Office of Memorial Products. Further briefings included Unclaimed Remains, Veterans Cemetery Grants Program, Office of Army Cemeteries, Outreach efforts, Veterans Legacy Memorial, and the Veterans Legacy Program. Three of the committee’s working groups developed recommendations for presentation to the NCA and the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs. The working groups are American Indian and Alaska Native, Outreach, Funeral Directors/Missing in America Program.

The Fall meeting is scheduled for November 2-3, 2022.
How is membership balanced?*This Committee is uniquely qualified to provide guidance and advice to the National Cemetery Administration management and staff. Its composition includes representatives of Veterans Service Organizations, military retirees and business and community activists. The Department strives to develop a Committee membership that represents members with diverse professional and personal qualifications; experience in military service, military deployments, working with Veterans; committee subject matter expertise; and working in large and complex organizations. The Committee shall represent to the extent possible, Veterans of diverse eras and branches of service, as well as diversity in race/ethnicity, gender, religion, disability, and geographical background. Ex-officio members represent Arlington National Cemetery, National Park Service and the American Battle Monuments Commission and are familiar with administering cemetery operations and Federal government service.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The Committee usually meets two times per year at the call of the Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs and in accordance with its charter. Committee members receive timely updates and briefings at each meeting from the Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs, National Cemetery Administration's senior leadership, and VA management. Agenda items are reviewed by the Committee Chair and Designated Federal Officer to ensure their relevance to current and emerging issues. In FY 2022, the Committee held a virtual meeting on October 13-14, 2022, and an in-person June 15-16, 2022. Both meetings were open to the public.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The Committee is required by section 2401 of title 38 U.S.C. The Committee assists the Secretary in ensuring that plans and programs are meeting the needs of Veterans and their eligible family members and meeting the mandate to maintain our national cemeteries and national shrines. Committee members also provide outreach by providing information about burial benefits to the public. It is the only public body in which all federal agencies charged with administration of a national cemeteries program are represented.
Why close or partially close meetings?The Committee meetings are open to the public unless except when the Committee is conducting tours of VA facilities, participating in off-site events, and participating in workgroup sessions. Tours of VA facilities are closed, to protect Veterans’ privacy and personal information.
Recommendation RemarksOverall, the committee has submitted 124 recommendations to date. In FY21, the committee submitted three recommendations from the June meeting and one from the October meeting all of which three were concurred.

Five new members were appointed in September 2021. However, they were not officially onboarded until October 2021.

Two new members were appointed in March and one in August.
Hide Section - PERFORMANCE MEASURES

PERFORMANCE MEASURES

Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*NoAction Reorganize Priorities*Yes
Outcome Trust In GovernmentYesAction Reallocate ResourcesYes
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*124Access 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*90.00%Access Committee WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentSubject to budget constraints, NCA attempts to implement committee recommendations.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*10.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentAccess OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentN/A
Agency Feedback Comment*The feedback is provided in written format that is mailed to the members and discussed as a part of the agenda during each advisory committee meeting.Narrative Description*The Committee provides advice to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs on VA's administration of national cemeteries and makes recommendations to the Secretary on issues related to the selection of cemetery sites, erection of appropriate memorials and the adequacy of Federal burial benefits for all eligible veterans.
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COSTS

Payments to Non-Federal Members*$11,020.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$13,920.00
Payments to Federal Members* Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY* 
Payments to Federal Staff*$88,200.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$88,200.00
Payments to Consultants* Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY* 
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members* Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY* 
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members* Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$18,000.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff* Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$8,000.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants* Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY* 
Other Costs$10,451.01Est. Other Costs Next FY*$6,880.00
Total Costs$109,671.01Est. Total Next FY*$135,000.00
Date Cost Last Modified10/23/2022 11:42 PMEst. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.60
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.60Est Cost Remarksestimated for in-person meetings and full consultant fee payments, travel and per diem in FY23.
Cost RemarksVirtual meeting costs include consultant fee payments ($145x2 days for 7 members x 2 meetings = $4060; Transcriptions service $1995 x 2 meetings $3990)
In person meeting costs include consultant fee payments ($290 x 2 days for 12 members x 2 meetings = $6960 Transcriptions service x 2 days $4890.00; Shuttle service x 2 days $1571.01)
  
Hide Section - Interest Areas

Interest Areas

Category
Area
Eligibility
Eligibility Programs
Government
Federal Government
State Government
Tribal Government
Land
Conservation and Preservation
Land Management and Use
Veterans
Veterans and Veterans' Medical Care
Hide Section - MEMBERS,MEETINGS AND ADVISORY REPORTS

MEMBERS,MEETINGS AND ADVISORY REPORTS

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Hide Section - CHARTERS AND RELATED DOCS

CHARTERS AND RELATED DOCS

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Hide Section - DATA FROM PREVIOUS YEARS

DATA FROM PREVIOUS YEARS

Committee

Data from Previous Years

 
ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-040000Advisory Committee on Cemeteries and Memorials2021
 COM-037815Advisory Committee on Cemeteries and Memorials2020
 COM-035969Advisory Committee on Cemeteries and Memorials2019
 COM-033613Advisory Committee on Cemeteries and Memorials2018
 COM-001195Advisory Committee on Cemeteries and Memorials2017
 COM-002456Advisory Committee on Cemeteries and Memorials2016
 COM-003216Advisory Committee on Cemeteries and Memorials2015
 COM-005149Advisory Committee on Cemeteries and Memorials2014
 COM-005486Advisory Committee on Cemeteries and Memorials2013
 COM-007328Advisory Committee on Cemeteries and Memorials2012
 COM-008225Advisory Committee on Cemeteries and Memorials2011
 COM-009456Advisory Committee on Cemeteries and Memorials2010
 COM-009674Advisory Committee on Cemeteries and Memorials2009
 COM-010712Advisory Committee on Cemeteries and Memorials2008
 COM-012352Advisory Committee on Cemeteries and Memorials2007
 COM-013220Advisory Committee on Cemeteries and Memorials2006
 COM-013323Advisory Committee on Cemeteries and Memorials2005
 COM-015141Advisory Committee on Cemeteries and Memorials2004
 COM-016055Advisory Committee on Cemeteries and Memorials2003
 COM-016370Advisory Committee on Cemeteries and Memorials2002
 COM-017303Advisory Committee on Cemeteries and Memorials2001
 COM-019033Advisory Committee on Cemeteries and Memorials2000
 COM-019931Advisory Committee on Cemeteries and Memorials1999
 COM-020239Advisory Committee on Cemeteries and Memorials1998
 COM-021991Advisory Committee on Cemeteries and Memorials1997