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DOD - 1848 - Department of Defense Historical Advisory Committee - Agency Authority


Committee NameDepartment of Defense Historical Advisory CommitteeAgency NameDepartment of Defense
Fiscal Year2012Committee Number1848
Original Establishment Date1/24/1994Committee StatusTerminated
Actual Termination Date9/30/2012Committee URL 
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYYesMax Number of Members*6
Current Charter Date1/23/2010Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Deputy, Historical Office, Office of the Secretary of Defense
Date Of Renewal Charter1/23/2012Designated Federal Officer Prefix
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Jon
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle NameT
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Hoffman
Establishment Authority*Agency AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*OMB DeterminationDesignated Federal Officer Phone*(703) 588-7875
Effective Date Of Authority*10/1/1993Designated Federal Officer Fax*703-588-7572
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary Cmte Designated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Type*Continuing
Committee Function*Non Scientific Program Advisory Board


Agency Recommendation*Terminate
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNo
Legislation Status 
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The DODHAC accomplishes its purpose by enabling the existence of the Department of the Army Historical Advisory Subcommittee and the Secretary of the Navy's Subcommittee on Naval History. The latter was established in 1952 for the purpose of monitoring and evaluating the overall effectiveness of the Navy's history programs. The subcommittee meets for two days every year to review these programs and to report the results of their meeting to the Secretary of the Navy. Individuals serve on the subcommittee as unpaid consultants to the Navy. They receive reimbursement only for their travel expenses in attending the annual meeting. They donate their time and professional skills during the time of the meetings. In addition, between annual meetings, they are called upon for guidance at no further expense to the Navy. ***The Department of the Army Historical Advisory committee monitors the Department of the Army Historical Program and the academic curricula at the U.S. Military Academy, the Army War College, and the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. The committee also reviews activities associated with field and staff support of Army decisions requiring historical perspective, the allocation of resources for historical programs, and the Army historical publications program. The committee continues to offer recommendations related to the staffing and funding of the Center of Military History and the Military History Institute; professorships at the Command and General Staff College and Army War College; developing short operational history monographs and longer more detailed studies; and resolving records management issues concerning classification, preservation, and collection of documents.
How is membership balanced?*The DODHAC and its subcommittees are comprised of government and civilian historians and academians. The collective experience is varied. ***Members of the Subcommittee on Naval History, despite busy personal and professional schedules, show an active interest in the workings of the Center during the year as well as at the time of their annual meeting. They represent many different professional fields relating to the work of the Naval Historical Center and other naval historical activities. ***The Department of the Army Historical Advisory Committee is well-balanced, and it includes a fine representation of military and academic historians who have made significant contributions in their respective fields through research, publications and teaching. Senior military officers on the committee, also distinguished historians in their own right, represent the Army War College, the U. S. Military Academy, the U. S. Army Command and General Staff College, and the U. S. Army Training and Doctrine Command.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The DODHAC holds meetings after the annual meetings of the Army and Navy subcommittees to discuss the reports from each of the subcommittees and to send reports to the Secretary of the Army or the Secretary of the Navy respectively. ***The Subcommittee on Naval History meets for two days once each year. This schedule has proven to be effective for evaluating the Navy's historical activities and programs. Several months prior to the meeting, members are introduced to current issues and given advance information to help them prepare for the meeting. The annual gathering is fully scheduled with briefings, tours of the relevant facilities, presentations, and time for the subcommittee's deliberations. When possible, a luncheon is scheduled with the Secretary of the Navy, the Under Secretary of the Navy, the General Counsel, or other prominent Navy Department officials. Following the two-day meeting, the outline of a report to the Secretary of the Navy is drafted to be completed later by the chair of the subcommittee. The meeting schedule is considered to be satisfactory for eliciting professional advice of the members on all the important issues facing the Navy's history program in a given year. The views of the subcommittee have been found to be invaluable to the development of the Navy's museum and historical programs. This is a primary reason for recommending the continued existence of the subcommittee.***The Army Historical Advisory Committee, officially designated a sub-committee of the DoD Historical Advisory Committee in 1994, meets annually (usually in the first quarter of the fiscal year). Originally chartered in 1943, the committee has ensured that the highest academic standards are maintained in the Army Historical Program through its publications, research and various educational activities.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The DODHAC exists to provide the Secretary of Defense and the Secretaries of the Military Departments independent advice and recommendations on matters regarding the professional standards, historical methodology, program priorities, liaision with professional groups and institutions, and adequacy of resources of the various historical programs and associated activities of the Department of Defense.***The Secretary of the Navy s Advisory Subcommittee on Naval History provides various essential services to the Navy Department at minimal cost to the government. The members were selected because of their distinguished records of public service and advanced professional knowledge. No other body possesses the broad range of professional knowledge that relates to the various activities of the Navy s historical and museum programs. This subcommittee provides the Naval Historical Center with the ability to consult with experts in the disciplines of art history, undersea archaeology, archives, museums, libraries, and the writing of history. The immediate beneficiaries of this professional advice are the Secretary of the Navy, the Under Secretary of the Navy, the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, and the Director of Naval History (NO9BH), who is charged with directing the Naval Historical Center in Washington, DC and coordinating with other historical and museum activities of the Navy Department.***The Department of the Army Historical Advisory Committee is divided into two components--academic historians from civilian institutions and universities, and representatives from military commands that are most actively involved in the study and use of military history. This unique forum of historians and uniformed representatives of major Army commands provides an opportunity for the free exchange of ideas and information, while also providing a balnced evaluation of the Army Historical Program.
Why close or partially close meetings?All meetings of the DODHAC are open with information about the meetings published in the Federal Register.***The Navy's Advisory Subcommittee on Naval History's meetings are traditionally open to the public.***The Department of the Army Historical Advisory Subcommittee meetings are also open to the public. However, reservations are encouraged for non-committee members to ensure that there is adequate space available.
Recommendation RemarksThe Committee did not meet during FY 2012 and is scheduled to terminate.

The Department of Defense Historical Advisory Committee does not issue separate reports. The DoDHAC provides the government's decision maker its advice and recommendation in its meeting minutes.

The listed report is from the Department of the Army Historical Advisory Subcommittee and is passed on to the Secretary of the Army; the DoD Historical Advisory Committee does not produce a report for the decision maker, as noted above.

Department of Defense (DoD) policy between fiscal year 2007 and 2011 required that subcommittee members be listed separately in the subcommittee section of GSA’s Database, even if they were duly appointed members of the parent committee. This policy, in some instances, caused a duplication of entries.

Beginning in fiscal year 2012, DoD will only list in the subcommittee section of GSA’s Database those who are appointed to just a subcommittee. If an individual is appointed to the parent committee and to one of the committee’s authorized subcommittees then his or her subcommittee affiliation will be reflected in the parent committee membership section of GSA’s Database.


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*NoneDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentNAGrants Review CommentNA
Number Of Recommendations*20Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentRecommendations are made to improve and/or enhance military historical programs within the Departments of the Army and Navy and within DoD generally. There were no recommendations during FY 2011.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*0.00%Access Committee WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentThe goals are ongoing and constant, the recommendations having to do with encouraging historical preservation, awareness, etc.; for the most part, the recommendations are descriptive rather than normative.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*50.00%Access PublicationsYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentDifficult to assess the specific percentages for this committee.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentInformation pertaining to this committee can be obtained from the Designated Federal Officer or the GSA's FACA Database.
Agency Feedback Comment*Feedback is provided via committee meetings, briefings to Commanders, and the high visibility of military historical programs within the Department of Defense.Narrative Description*The principal objective of the DoD Historical Advisory Committee (and its subcommittees) is to provide advice to the Secretary of Defense, the secretaries of the military departments, and the heads of such other components as may choose to participate, regarding the professional standards, historical methodology, program priorities, liaison with professional groups and institutions, and adequacy of resources, connected with the various historical programs and associated activities of the Department of Defense to include historical, archival, commemorative, museum, library, art, curatorial, and related programs.
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Payments to Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Members*$0.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$0.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$0.00
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*$0.00
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$0.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$0.00
Total Costs$0.00Est. Total Next FY*$0.00
Date Cost Last Modified Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.00Est Cost Remarks
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ActionCommittee System IDSubcommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-027966Department of the Army Historical Advisory Subcommittee2012
 COM-025305Secretary of the Navy's Advisory Subcommittee on Naval History2012


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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-007694Department of Defense Historical Advisory Committee2011
 COM-009325Department of Defense Historical Advisory Committee2010
 COM-009825Department of Defense Historical Advisory Committee2009
 COM-011259Department of Defense Historical Advisory Committee2008
 COM-011732Department of Defense Historical Advisory Committee2007
 COM-013123Department of Defense Historical Advisory Committee2006
 COM-013558Department of Defense Historical Advisory Committee2005
 COM-014997Department of Defense Historical Advisory Committee2004
 COM-015472Department of Defense Historical Advisory Committee2003
 COM-017017Department of Defense Historical Advisory Committee2002
 COM-017384Department of Defense Historical Advisory Committee2001
 COM-018911Department of Defense Historical Advisory Committee2000
 COM-019354Department of Defense Historical Advisory Committee1999
 COM-020814Department of Defense Historical Advisory Committee1998
 COM-021257Department of Defense Historical Advisory Committee1997