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VA - 22810 - Department of Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee for CARES Business Plan Studies - Agency Authority


Committee NameDepartment of Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee for CARES Business Plan StudiesAgency NameDepartment of Veterans Affairs
Fiscal Year2009Committee Number22810
Original Establishment Date10/22/2004Committee StatusTerminated
Actual Termination Date12/31/2008Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYYesMax Number of Members*Unlimited
Current Charter Date12/28/2007Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Special Assistant to the Secretary
Date Of Renewal Charter Designated Federal Officer Prefix
Projected Termination Date12/31/2008Designated Federal Officer First Name*Jay
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthoritySecretary DecisionDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Halpern
Establishment Authority*Agency AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*By Direction of the Secretary of Veterans AffairsDesignated Federal Officer Phone*(202) 273-5994
Effective Date Of Authority*10/22/2004Designated Federal Officer Fax*202-565-6391
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary Cmte Designated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Type*Ad hoc
Committee Function*Non Scientific Program Advisory Board


Agency Recommendation*Terminate
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNo
Legislation Status 
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The Committee continued the Capital Asset Realignment for Enhanced Services (CARES) process, including the independent CARES Commission report and the Secretary's CARES decision. The Secretary's CARES Decision identified implementation issues that required further study, to include additional stakeholder input, at selected sites. The Committee fulfilled the Department's pledge to consult with stakeholders as part of its implementation of the Secretary's CARES Decision. The Committee ensured that the full range of stakeholder interests and concerns were assembled, publicly articulated, accurately documented, and considered in the development of site-level business plans for implementing CARES recommendations and decisions. Subcommittees were established to perform duties and functions within the Committee's purview. The Committee or designated subcommittee provided advice on proposed business plans or alternative business plans considered. The advice provided by the Committee or designated subcommittee was site-specific.
How is membership balanced?*Committee membership selection ensured that a cross section of those directly affected were heard and represented. The Secretary was personally involved and ensured that members had the appropriate qualifications and experience to fairly consider the views of stakeholders - to include patients, Veterans service organizations, employee unions, congressional members, local community groups, special disability groups, affilated medical schools, and state/local government.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*Meetings were held at locations throughout the United States for assembling and providing stakeholder input to the Department in connection with the Department's study, development, and selection of business plans to implement the CARES Decision at sites identified in the CARES Decision that required further study.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The Secretary determined that establishing the Committee was both in the public interest and essential to the conduct of VA business. Final decisions affecting the sites under review involved potential reuse of land, changing the mission of facilities, relocation of patients with psychiatric and special conditions, and in some case an economic impact. The Secretary believes that formal local community input is vital because final decisions will likely impact the lives of patients and other members of the community. Seeking that input is essential to the entire initiative because unless we can demonstrate community involvement we risk active opposition on both substance and process. A well documented and consistently applied process for gathering stakeholder input is, therefore, critical to our success. The Committee's function could not be performed by an existing entity because there was no VA mechanism that could meet the external review conditions mandated by the Secretary. We examined alternatives to the advisory committee approach but we found that approach to be the most appropriate way to accomodate formal public input, an advisory opinion from a group of stakeholders, and documentation of public meetings. Ultimately, the advisory committee is the most effective way to demonstrate that we have conducted an inclusive and participatory process.
Why close or partially close meetings?There were no closed meetings.
Recommendation Remarks


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 OtherYes
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionYesAction Comment
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 CommentNAGrants Review CommentNA
Number Of Recommendations*0Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentAccess Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*0.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentAccess GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*0.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentAccess OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentN/A
Agency Feedback Comment*Feedback will be provided after the Secretary considers the recommendations and decides which recommendations will be implemented.Narrative Description*As the CARES review process has been implemented, recommendations on the future use of individual VA medical facilities have been forwarded to the Secretary for approval and implementation. In attaining its objectives, the Committee is guided by the Department's imperative that health care for veterans can be accessible, high quality, and cost-effective, be delivered in a safe environment, and maximize revenues from alternative or complementary uses for those sites where care is currently being provided.
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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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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-010816Department of Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee for CARES Business Plan Studies2008
 COM-011543Department of Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee for CARES Business Plan Studies2007
 COM-012515Department of Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee for CARES Business Plan Studies2006
 COM-013409Department of Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee for CARES Business Plan Studies2005