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VA - 5293 - National Research Advisory Council - Agency Authority
Hide Section - GENERAL INFORMATION

GENERAL INFORMATION

Committee NameNational Research Advisory CouncilAgency NameDepartment of Veterans Affairs
Fiscal Year2019Committee Number5293
Original Establishment Date9/21/1999Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URL 
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*12
Current Charter Date5/14/2019Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Management and Program Analyst
Date Of Renewal Charter5/14/2021Designated Federal Officer Prefix
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Avery
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle NameAnn
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Rock
Establishment Authority*Agency AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*38 USC 7303Designated Federal Officer Phone*(202) 461-9760
Effective Date Of Authority*9/21/1999Designated Federal Officer Fax*(202) 632-7721
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary CmteNot ApplicableDesignated Federal Officer Email*avery.rock@va.gov
Committee Type*Continuing
Presidential*No
Committee Function*Scientific Technical 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 Office of Research and Development (ORD)convenes periodic meetings of the Council to provide external consultation and review for VA’s research mission. The Council provides advice and makes recommendations to the Chief Research and Development Officer, the Under Secretary for Health and the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, concerning the nature and scope of Research and Development activities, particularly those that support priority areas. NRAC best aligns with implementing the mission act [improving Veterans access to health care]. They review the research program and how it is aligned with promoting a learning organization that improves processes to provide better access to health care and medical solutions to problems experienced by Veterans. The NRAC provides feedback to ORD, the USH, and the Secretary about the strategic position of the R&D program and ways to improve the work performed by the R&D program.

Since this Council is a policy and not a review board, it does not consider specific research proposals, although studies that support priority, The Council periodically forwards letters to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs expressing concern about specific research issues. As advisory to the Secretary and Under Secretary for Health, the Council conducts an annual assessment of the VA ORD's Research Program as part of the performance assessment Rating Tool process. This assessment is based upon guidelines related to the scientific importance of the research on Veterans' health, and its impact on the public health of the general population. The Council considers the appropriateness of the research to the VA healthcare mission, the balance of this research in terms of the burden of disease and the special responsibilities of VA in the areas of mental health, Suicide, PTSD, TBI, substance use, homelessness, pain and opioid use, spinal cord injury, prosthetics and high-risk populations, care of aging Veteran including caregiving, LTC, genomic medicine, Big data and MVP, access, care coordination and patient centered care and deployment related conditions including Gulf War.
How is membership balanced?*In 2019, There was no new members appointed. The Council includes knowledgeable VA- and non-VA experts, and Veterans’ community representatives with special qualifications and competence to deal effectively with medical research and development issues in VA. The Council consists of outside physicians, scientists, academic and other leaders as well as a Veteran thereby assuring that important perspective on the health problems of Veterans. Close attention was given to equitable geographic distribution and to ethnic and gender representation. Membership provides a balance of views and a range of expertise essential to attaining the stated goals of the Council. The membership of the Council provides a unique opportunity for VA to highlight the strengths and quality of its research program to a distinguished national group who can further advance VA's research program.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*Meetings are generally held once every quarter: March, June, September and December. The Annual Report to the NRAC is presented to the NRAC by Research and Development staff at the December meeting. Comments include updates from the prior year regarding research, awards, accomplishments, and other information.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The experts on the NRAC provide advice and most importantly, use their broad knowledge bases to inform and discuss relevant research issues.
Why close or partially close meetings?All meetings were open in FY19.
Recommendation RemarksFor estimated figures for 2019, the cost is higher because there was no December meeting due to the death of President Bush. Therefore, less people traveled, there was more local members, and no out of town meetings. There may be a possible site visit for FY2020 more VA staff will travel for me meeting.
Hide Section - PERFORMANCE MEASURES

PERFORMANCE MEASURES

Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*YesAction Reorganize Priorities*No
Outcome Trust In GovernmentYesAction Reallocate ResourcesYes
Outcome Major Policy ChangesYesAction Issued New RegulationsNo
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 CommentThe financial resources saved by ending the hard copy printing of the Journal of Rehabilitation Research were reallocated to new grant funding within the Office of Research and Development.
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsYesGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentThe result of medical research to include Health Services Research and Development, Clinical Sciences Research and Development, Biomedical Laboratory Research and Development and Rehabilitation Research and Development programs may have outcomes that impact the VA and it's customers/patients.Number Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentThe cost savings are unable to be determined as the research the Council reviews may or may not have outcomes for VA and it's customers/patients.Grants Review CommentN/A
Number Of Recommendations*4Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentThis is the total number of recommendations from FY1999 to FY 2019.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*29.00%Access Committee WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentNo recommendations for 2019.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*0.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentNo recommendations are being implemented at this time.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentN/A
Agency Feedback CommentNarrative Description*The NRAC reviews the Strategic Plan and the Top 5 Priorities (Greater Choice, Modernize Systems, Efficiency, Improve Timeliness, and Suicide Prevention) for VA annually. The result of medical research to include Health Services Research and Development, Clinical Sciences Research and Development, Biomedical Laboratory Research and Development and Rehabilitation Research and Development programs may have outcomes that impact the VA and it's customers/patients. A device or treatment that improves health care or increases timeliness will increase trust in the government and customer satisfaction. A new process may result in increased trust, policy changes, service delivery,customer satisfaction or implementation of a new law.
Hide Section - COSTS

COSTS

Payments to Non-Federal Members*$4,000.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$8,500.00
Payments to Federal Members*$0.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$6,500.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$60,000.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$70,000.00
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$10,520.41Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$20,000.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$6,000.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$0.00Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$5,000.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$3,300.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$3,300.00
Other Costs$0.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$8,500.00
Total Costs$77,820.41Est. Total Next FY*$127,800.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.30Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.30
Hide Section - Interest Areas

Interest Areas

Category
Area
Animals
Animal Sciences and Husbandry
Veterinary Medicine
Applied Science
Applied Sciences
Statistics
Basic Science
Basic Sciences
Biology
Chemistry
Materials Research
Microbiology
Business
Patents and Trademarks
Computer Technology
Applications
Education
Schools and Academic Institutions
Training
Food and Drugs
Biotechnology
Food and Drugs
Medical Devices
Health
Health Care
Medical Education
Medical Practitioners
Physical Fitness
Public Health
Safety
Treatment
Aging
Legislation
Legislation
Regulations
Medicine
Diseases
Health and Health Research
Illnesses
Medicine and Dentistry
Rehabilitation
Rehabilitation and Disability
Research
Research and Development
Science and Technology
Innovation
Science and Technology
Veterans
Benchmark and Clinical Trials Research Studies
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-033593National Research Advisory Council2018
 COM-001846National Research Advisory Council2017
 COM-002176National Research Advisory Council2016
 COM-003381National Research Advisory Council2015
 COM-004571National Research Advisory Council2014
 COM-006104National Research Advisory Council2013
 COM-006700National Research Advisory Council2012
 COM-007597National Research Advisory Council2011
 COM-009450National Research Advisory Council2010
 COM-010369National Research Advisory Council2009
 COM-011374National Research Advisory Council2008
 COM-011542National Research Advisory Council2007
 COM-012589National Research Advisory Council2006
 COM-013404National Research Advisory Council2005
 COM-014385National Research Advisory Council2004
 COM-015332National Research Advisory Council2003
 COM-017091National Research Advisory Council2002
 COM-017302National Research Advisory Council2001
 COM-019043National Research Advisory Council2000
 COM-019257National Research Advisory Council1999