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GENERAL INFORMATION

Committee NameAdvisory Committee on Disability CompensationAgency NameDepartment of Veterans Affairs
Fiscal Year2018Committee 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*Janice
Exempt From Renewal*YesDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination Authorityn/aDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Stewart
Establishment Authority*Statutory (Congress Created)Designated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*Public Law 110-389Designated Federal Officer Phone*(202) 461-9023
Effective Date Of Authority*10/10/2008Designated Federal Officer Fax*(202) 275-1728
Committee Type*ContinuingDesignated Federal Officer Email*janice.stewart@va.gov
Presidential*No
Committee Function*National Policy Issue 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 Committee provides advice to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs on establishing and supervising a schedule for the periodic reviews and updates of the VA Schedule for Rating Disabilities (VASRD). The Committee shall assemble and review relevant information relating to the needs of Veterans with disabilities arising from service in the Armed Forces, to include homeless Veterans and Veterans at risk for suicide; provide an on-going assessment of the effectiveness of the VASRD; and provide on-going advice on the most appropriate means of responding to the needs of Veterans relating to disability compensation in the future.[This aligns to the VA Strategic Goal number 1 “Veterans choose VA for easy access, greater choices, and clear information to make informed decisions” and VA Strategic Goal number 2 “Veterans receive timely and integrated care and support that emphasizes their well-being and independence throughout their life journey”]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 and the risk for suicide. The Committee shall submit a report, every two years, to the Secretary 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's focus continues to be in three areas of disability compensation: 1) requirements and methodology for reviewing and updating the VASRD, therefore, leading to improvement of C&P exams; 2) adequacy and sequencing of compensation procedures for service members transitioning to Veteran status with special emphasis on seriously ill or wounded Service Members; and 3) reducing the need for Total Disability based on Individual Unemployability (TDIU) through updating the VASRD and strengthening vocational rehabilitation and education programs.[This aligns to the VA Strategic Goal number 3 “Veterans trust VA to be consistently accountable and transparent” and VA Strategic Goal number 4 “VA will modernize systems and focus resources more efficiently to be competitive and to provide World Class capabilities to Veterans and its employees”]The Committee delivered its Biennial Report on October 31, 2016 and is expected to deliver its next biennial report no later than October 31, 2018.
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. Committee members were selected from among recognized subject matter experts, Veterans (stakeholders), and others with special competence in areas such as disability claims adjudication, vocational rehabilitation, disability programs 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 2018, the Committee met four times in Washington DC - December 2017, March 2018, May 2018, and July 2018. In FY19, the Committee plans on meeting four times.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The Committee was established under section 214 of Public Law 110-389. The Committee advises the Secretary on the maintenance and periodic readjustment of the Department of Veterans Affairs schedule for rating disabilities. Advice from the individuals with varied expertise above is essential for an objective review of the VA Schedule for Rating Disabilities.
Why close or partially close meetings?The meetings are open to the public.
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.
Hide Section - PERFORMANCE MEASURES

PERFORMANCE MEASURES

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 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*84Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentThis is the number of formal recommendations for FY 2010 through 2018.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*65.00%Access Committee WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentThe Committee submitted its Biennial Report on October 31, 2016.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*35.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentThe Committee submitted its Biennial Report on October 31, 2016.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentNA
Agency Feedback CommentThe 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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COSTS

Payments to Non-Federal Members*$15,000.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$57,600.00
Payments to Federal Members*$0.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$60,000.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$42,615.00
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$18,856.82Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$48,960.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$0.00Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$0.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Other Costs$19,960.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$19,960.00
Total Costs$113,816.82Est. Total Next FY*$169,135.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.60Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.60
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MEMBERS,MEETINGS AND ADVISORY REPORTS

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CHARTERS AND RELATED DOCS

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DATA FROM PREVIOUS YEARS

Committee

Data from Previous Years

  
ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 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