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Committee NameAdvisory Committee on Cemeteries and MemorialsAgency NameDepartment of Veterans Affairs
Fiscal Year2019Committee Number1328
Original Establishment Date6/18/1973Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*12
Current Charter Date7/30/2019Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Program Analyst/Outreach Coordinator
Date Of Renewal Charter7/30/2021Designated Federal Officer PrefixMs.
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Christine
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle NameBooker
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Hamilton
Establishment Authority*Statutory (Congress Created)Designated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*38 U.S.C. 2401Designated Federal Officer Phone*(202) 461-5681
Effective Date Of Authority*6/18/1973Designated Federal Officer Fax*(202) 273-6709
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 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 recommendations to the Secretary, as appropriate, that may call for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) policy changes and/or other measures designed to positively impact VA’s burial benefits program, cemetery administration and the delivery of benefits. The Committee makes periodic reports and recommendations to the Secretary. The Secretary takes such reports and recommendations under advisement for possible action. The Committee held a meeting on October 30-31, 2018, in Lakewood/Denver, Colorado. Mr. Randy Reeves, Under Secretary of Memorial Affairs, provided remarks, presented Certificates of Appointment to two new members, and charged the new members to research the burial needs for Native American Veterans. Committee members discussed Digital Memorialization and conducted site visits at Pike Peak National Cemetery, Fort Logan National Cemetery, and the University of Denver (Library Exhibit constructed by students under the Veterans Legacy Program). The Committee also discussed workgroup charges regarding the National Cemetery Scheduling Office and the Emblems of Belief Regulation. In the meeting held on May 7-8, 2019, in Washington, DC, the Committee received remarks from Mr. Robert Wilke, VA Secretary, and Randy Reeves, Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs. Members received their Annual Ethics Training and a briefing from the Advisory Committee Management Office. Three new members received Certificates of Appointment. In addition, the National Cemetery Administration provided status updates on key strategic initiatives. The Committee submitted recommendations for the VA Secretary’s review and approval. (1) The Advisory Committee on Cemeteries and Memorials recommends that the National Cemetery Administration (NCA) and the National Cemetery Scheduling Office (NCSO) create a checklist that funeral directors can download and print for use when they are serving the family of a Veteran. This checklist would contain the same information in the order that the NCSO requires. (2) The Advisory Committee on Cemeteries and Memorials recommends the report submitted by the workgroup on the Burial Needs of American Indian and Alaskan Native Veterans be provided to the National Cemetery Administration for consideration and comment on the report’s recommendations, with the exception of the recommendation on Emblems of Belief which will be considered by another workgroup.
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 2019, the Committee held two meetings on October 30 - October 31, 2018, in Lakewood/Denver, CO, and May 7-8, 2019, in Washington, D.C.
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 RemarksThe VA Secretary reappointed seven members and appointed five new members. The Committee has full membership of twelve members.


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*115Access 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*85.00%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*15.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentThe Committee seeks to close out or continue pending 2017, 2018, and 2019 recommendations and workgroup charges in the May 2020 meeting. (Outreach Ambassador Program, Digital Memorialization (ongoing), Emblems of Belief Regulation, Online Funeral Home Checklist, Burial needs of Native Americans, and Burial Plot Discrepancies)Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentN/A
Agency Feedback CommentThe 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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Payments to Non-Federal Members*$11,600.00Est 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*$82,035.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$84,379.00
Payments to Consultants* Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY* 
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$13,420.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$14,000.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members* Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members* 
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$7,993.00Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$8,000.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants* Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY* 
Other Costs$21,829.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$30,000.00
Total Costs$136,877.00Est. Total Next FY*$150,299.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.60Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.60
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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 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