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VA - 41849 - Advisory Committee on Disability Compensation - Statutory (Congress Created)


Committee NameAdvisory Committee on Disability CompensationAgency NameDepartment of Veterans Affairs
Fiscal Year2022Committee Number41849
Original Establishment Date10/29/2008Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*Not more than 18
Current Charter Date10/29/2008Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Designated Federal Officer
Date Of Renewal Charter Designated Federal Officer PrefixMs.
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Sian
Exempt From Renewal*YesDesignated Federal Officer Middle NameM.
Specific Termination Authorityn/aDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Roussel
Establishment Authority*Statutory (Congress Created)Designated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*Public Law 110-389Designated Federal Officer Phone*(202) 461-1429
Effective Date Of Authority*10/10/2008Designated 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 RequiredNo
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The Committee provides advice to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs on establishing and supervising a schedule for the periodic review and update of the VA Schedule for Rating Disabilities (VASRD). The Committee shall assemble and review relevant information relating to the needs of Veterans with disabilities; provide information relating to the nature and character of the disabilities arising from service in the armed forces; provide an ongoing assessment of the effectiveness of the VASRD; and provide ongoing advice on the most appropriate means of responding to the needs of Veterans relating to disability compensation in the future. In carrying out its duties, the Committee shall take into special account the needs of Veterans who have served in a theater of combat operations.

Not later than October 31, 2010, and not less frequently than every two years thereafter, the Committee shall submit to the Secretary a report on the programs and activities of the Department that relate to the payment of disability compensation. Each such report shall include an assessment of the needs of Veterans with respect to disability compensation; and such recommendations (including recommendations for administrative, regulatory or legislative action), as the Committee considers appropriate. The Committee may submit to the Secretary such other reports and recommendations as the Committee considers appropriate

The Committee delivered its Biennial Report on October 31, 2020 and is expected to deliver its next Biennial Report no later than October 31, 2022.
How is membership balanced?*The Committee consists of no more than 18 members appointed by the Secretary from among individuals who have experience with the provision of disability compensation by the Department, or are leading medical or scientific experts in relevant fields.

The Secretary determines the terms of pay and allowances of the members of the Committee. The terms of service for Committee members may not exceed four years and are staggered to ensure that the dates for the termination of the members' terms are not all the same. The Secretary may reappoint any member for one or more additional terms of service. The Secretary selects a Chair from among the members of the Committee. Several members may be Regular Government Employees, but the majority of the Committee's membership will be Special Government Employees.

Committee members were selected, as noted above, from among recognized subject matter experts, Veterans (stakeholders), and others with special competence in areas such as disability claims adjudication, vocational rehabilitation, disability program management, workers’ compensation, rehabilitative medicine, mental health research, military medical services management, Veterans’ benefits advocacy, and survivor benefits advocacy.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*By charter, the Committee will meet as often as necessary to perform its functions and provide timely advice to the Secretary. In FY 2022, the Committee held four (4) virtual meetings: March 15, 2022; April 26 and 27, 2022; May 31 and June 1, 2022; September 20 and 21, 2022. All meetings (as noted) were virtual due to COVID-19 pandemic protocol.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The Committee was established under section 214 of Public Law 110-389 to specifically advise the Secretary of Veterans Affairs on the maintenance and periodic readjustment of the Department of Veterans Affairs' Schedule for Rating Disabilities. Advice from the committee members, individuals with varied expertise to do so (as described above), is essential for an objective review of the VA Schedule for Rating Disabilities.
Why close or partially close meetings?Advisory Committee on Disability Compensation (ACDC) meetings are, generally, open to the public.

However, if a site visit, conducted virtually or in person, to a VA facility (either VHA, VBA or NCA) were to be scheduled, the portion of the meeting when the visit would occur would make the meeting partially closed.

This is in accordance with FACA:
FAC (Federal Advisory Committee) meetings may be closed in whole or in part under limited circumstances, such as when discussing trade secrets, personal information, and/or criminal matters.

Per FACA, there are three common exemptions to “close” a meeting:
1.) Discussion of classified information (i.e., Veterans' PII)
2.) Reviews of proprietary data submitted in support of Federal grant applications (i.e., research committee)
3.) Deliberations involving considerations of personal privacy (i.e., Veterans’ PII, VA Medical Center tours, etc.)

Only numbers (1.) and (3.) above would apply to the ACDC should a site visit occur during a scheduled meeting.
Recommendation RemarksThe Committee received valuable input from various VA business lines to aide the Committee's deliberation in constructing recommendations for the Secretary. Although VA has already been actively engaged in the processes and procedures set forth in a number of the recommendations, such recommendations reiterated the importance of those processes and procedures and broadened the scope for the Secretary's consideration.


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*YesAction Reorganize Priorities*No
Outcome Trust In GovernmentYesAction Reallocate ResourcesNo
Outcome Major Policy ChangesYesAction Issued New RegulationsYes
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 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*110Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentThe 110 number is the number of formal recommendations from FY 2010 through FY 2022 that have been noted as fully implemented.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*62.81%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentThe Committee submitted its 2020 Biennial Report on October 31, 2020.

Two recommendations are now recorded as fully implemented to date (9/22/2022).

Action: Added these two (2) to prior year's (2021) number (67) to equal 69 for 2022.
Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*48.18%Access PublicationsYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentThe Committee submitted its Biennial Report on October 31, 2020.

Three (3) recommendations are now recorded as partially implemented to date (9/22/2022).

Action: Added these three (3) to prior fiscal year's (2021) number (50) to equal 53 for FY2022.
Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentNA
Agency Feedback Comment*The Department submits a formal response to each Committee recommendation, and Department officials brief the Committee on actions taken to implement recommendations.Narrative Description*The Committee will provide advice to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs on establishing and supervising a schedule to conduct periodic reviews of the VA Schedule for Rating Disabilities (VASRD) and provide the most appropriate means for responding to the needs of Veterans.
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Payments to Non-Federal Members*$21,300.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$82,944.00
Payments to Federal Members*$1,200.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$2,822.05
Payments to Federal Staff*$60,000.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$129,400.00
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*$110,880.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$10,080.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$0.00Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$30,240.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$0.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Other Costs$4,747.30Est. Other Costs Next FY*$50,000.00
Total Costs$87,247.30Est. Total Next FY*$416,366.05
Date Cost Last Modified9/30/2022 3:48 PMEst. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.90
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.60Est Cost RemarksPossible hybrid (combined in-person and virtual) meetings to begin in FY2023. This is a change from 100% virtual meetings in FY2022.
Cost RemarksAll Committee meetings were held virtually for FY2022.  
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Interest Areas

Eligibility Programs
Job Training
Rehabilitation and Disability
Veterans and Veterans' Medical Care


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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-039952Advisory Committee on Disability Compensation2021
 COM-037770Advisory Committee on Disability Compensation2020
 COM-035950Advisory Committee on Disability Compensation2019
 COM-033600Advisory Committee on Disability Compensation2018
 COM-001071Advisory Committee on Disability Compensation2017
 COM-003149Advisory Committee on Disability Compensation2016
 COM-003354Advisory Committee on Disability Compensation2015
 COM-005151Advisory Committee on Disability Compensation2014
 COM-005483Advisory Committee on Disability Compensation2013
 COM-006616Advisory Committee on Disability Compensation2012
 COM-007595Advisory Committee on Disability Compensation2011
 COM-009451Advisory Committee on Disability Compensation2010
 COM-009692Advisory Committee on Disability Compensation2009