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VA - 16571 - VA Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Task Force - Agency Authority


Committee NameVA Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Task ForceAgency NameDepartment of Veterans Affairs
Fiscal Year2004Committee Number16571
Original Establishment Date4/23/2003Committee StatusTerminated
Actual Termination Date4/23/2004Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYYesMax Number of Members*12
Current Charter Date4/23/2003Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Management Analyst
Date Of Renewal Charter Designated Federal Officer Prefix
Projected Termination Date4/23/2004Designated Federal Officer First Name*John
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthoritySecretary decisionDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*O'Hara
Establishment Authority*Agency AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*Secretary decisonDesignated Federal Officer Phone*202-273-5130
Effective Date Of Authority*4/23/2003Designated Federal Officer Fax*202-273-5991
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary Cmte Designated Federal Officer Email*john.o'
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 Task Force completed an independent review of the Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) Program and made recommendations to the Secretary on improving the Department's ability to provide comprehensive services and assistance to veterans with service-connected disabilities and employment handicaps in becoming employable, and obtaining and maintaining suitable employment. The principal Task Force recommendations calls for VA to implement a new, comprehensive, employment-drive service delivery system. The Task Force also makes recommendations in the areas of strategic partnerships, program, organization, work process, and integrating capacities.
How is membership balanced?*There were 12 members on the Task Force. The Secretary observed diversity when selecting Task Force members. He sought out members who had expertise in vocational rehabilitation and employment services. Attention was given to equitable geographic distribution as well as to ethnic and gender representation. The Secretary appointed Task Force members who demonstrated awareness or understanding of the views of VA's diverse stakeholders that include veterans, veterans service organizations, congressional committees, and veteran-focused special interest groups.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The Task Force conducted 2 fact-finding sessions.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The Task Force was essential to acquiring constructive, forward-thinking recommendations that will improve the delivery of training, employment, and independent living services. Advice from subject matter experts enhanced the Department's efforts to restore the capability of veterans with disabiltiies to the greatest extent possible and to improve the quality of their lives and that of their families. The Task Force focused on training, employment and independent living services. The Secretary determined that the Department does not have the resources to conduct an objective assessment of the VR&E Program. Past General Accounting Office reports have commented that the VR&E program was too much process-driven and not focusing enough on developing performance goals specifically tied to employment-based outcomes.
Why close or partially close meetings?The Task Force did not hold closed meetings.
Recommendation Remarks


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*NoAction 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 OtherYes
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionYesAction CommentSee comment above regarding implementation plans.
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 Task Force terminated April 2004.Grants Review CommentNA
Number Of Recommendations*110Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*No
Number Of Recommendations CommentNAAccess Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*0.00%Access Committee WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentVA is currently developing plans to implement most of the Task Force recommendations. However, at this point, it is difficult to estimate a percentage to be implemented.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*0.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentSee the above comment.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*Not ApplicableAccess CommentNA
Agency Feedback Comment*NANarrative Description*The Task Force conducted an independent review of the Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment program within the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA). The Task Force provided recommendations to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs on improving comprehensive services and assistance to veterans with service-connected disabilities and employment handicaps in becoming employable, and obtaining and maintaining suitable employment. The Task Force also assessed independent living services provided by VBA.
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Payments to Non-Federal Members*$83,285.00Est 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*$23,937.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$0.00
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$34,203.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$3,045.00Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$286.00Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$2,535.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Other Costs$4,611.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$0.00
Total Costs$151,902.00Est. Total Next FY*$0.00
Date Cost Last Modified Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.40Est Cost Remarks
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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-016081VA Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Task Force2003