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VA - 29143 - Blue Ribbon Panel on VA-Medical School Affiliations - Agency Authority


Committee NameBlue Ribbon Panel on VA-Medical School AffiliationsAgency NameDepartment of Veterans Affairs
Fiscal Year2009Committee Number29143
Original Establishment Date9/23/2006Committee StatusTerminated
Actual Termination Date9/30/2009Committee URL 
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYYesMax Number of Members*15
Current Charter Date8/28/2008Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Designated Federal Officer
Date Of Renewal Charter Designated Federal Officer PrefixDr.
Projected Termination Date9/30/2009Designated Federal Officer First Name*Gloria
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Holland
Establishment Authority*Agency AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*Secretary DecisionDesignated Federal Officer Phone*(202) 357-4012
Effective Date Of Authority*9/25/2006Designated Federal Officer Fax*(202) 357-4057
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary Cmte Designated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Type*Ad hoc
Committee Function*National Policy Issue Advisory Board


Agency Recommendation*Terminate
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNo
Legislation Status 
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*In September 2006, the Secretary approved the establishment of the Panel to advise the Department on VA's long standing partnerships with the academic community. The Panel's charter solicited advice on a comprehensive philosophical framework to enhance VA's partnerships with medical schools and affiliated institutions. Specific goals included: reaffirming the importance of partnership between VA and academic medicine; reviewing the overall health of the partnership in light of the significant changes in medical practice since the signing of policy Memorandum #2 in 1946; describing present and future opportunities for expanding the relationsihp for the mutual benefit of both partners; and categorizing barriers affecting effective and cordial relationships. The Panal submitted to the Secretary The Report of the Blue Ribbon Panel on VA Medical-School Affiliations Transforming an Historic Partnership for the 21st Century that laid out 2 major, 8 primary and 44 enabling recommendations.
How is membership balanced?*Membership on the Panel included individuals who could effectively express the views of both large and small medical schools with differing strengths in the respective components of the affiliations (research, patient care and education). Membership also reflected the greatest possible geographic diversity.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The Panel met as often as 2 times per year. Those meetings provided opportunities to thoroughly review VA's academic affiliation program and devise ways to strengthen that program. The Panel was staffed by the Veterans Health Administration's Office of Academic Affiliations and assisted throughout its deliberations by an internal advisory committee composed of VA medical care facility (VA facility) and Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) leaders with extensive experience in managing VA's academic relationships. The Panel received numerous background presentations and issues papers on topics relevant to its deliberations and undertook two national surveys of the present governance and effectiveness of VA-Medical School affiliations.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*Resources within VA were not sufficient to provide the objectivity that the comprehensive review demands. It was very important that VA received input from the external academic community on all facets of the affiliation relationships (education, research and patient care). It was also important that the review lead to a real dialogue between VA health care leaders and key stakeholders at medical schools and other affiliated institutions. The Panel promoted the sort of dialogue that is so essential to a complete review.
Why close or partially close meetings?Meetings were open to the public.
Recommendation Remarks


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*YesAction Reorganize Priorities*No
Outcome Trust In GovernmentNoAction Reallocate ResourcesNo
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 SatisfactionNoAction CommentThe Panel presented their final report to the Secretary on September 29, 2009.
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 CommentThe Panel presented their final report to the Secretary on September 29, 2009.Grants Review CommentNA
Number Of Recommendations*54Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentThis is a total of recommendations for FY 2009.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*0.00%Access Committee WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentThe Panel presented their final report to the Secretary on September 29, 2009.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*0.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentThe Panel presented their final report to the Secretary on September 29, 2009.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentN/A
Agency Feedback Comment*The Department will provide a response to each recommendation.Narrative Description*The Blue Ribbon Panel on VA-Medical School Affiliations advises the Secretary of Veterans Affairs and the Under Secretary for Health on the formation of a comprehensive framework for guiding VA’s affiliations with medical schools and academic medical centers.
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Payments to Non-Federal Members*$3,600.00Est 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*$45,960.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$0.00
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$7,362.00Est 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*$4,318.00Est. 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$61,240.00Est. Total Next FY*$0.00
Date Cost Last Modified Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.30Est Cost Remarks
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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-010546Blue Ribbon Panel on VA-Medical School Affiliations2008
 COM-011555Blue Ribbon Panel on VA-Medical School Affiliations2007
 COM-013224Blue Ribbon Panel on VA-Medical School Affiliations2006