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DOI - 153 - National Capital Memorial Commission - Statutory (Congress Created)


Committee NameNational Capital Memorial CommissionAgency NameDepartment of the Interior
Fiscal Year2003Committee Number153
Original Establishment Date3/6/1973Committee StatusTerminated
Actual Termination Date4/28/2003Committee URL 
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYYesMax Number of Members*8
Current Charter Date11/30/2000Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Secretary, National Capital Memorial Commission (Legislative Coordinator, National Capital Regional Office, National Park Service)
Date Of Renewal Charter11/30/2002Designated Federal Officer PrefixMs.
Projected Termination Date11/30/2004Designated Federal Officer First Name*Nancy
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityNot ApplicableDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Young,
Establishment Authority*Statutory (Congress Created)Designated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*40 U.S.C. Chap. 89 et. seq (P.L. 99-652)Designated Federal Officer Phone*202-619-7097
Effective Date Of Authority*11/14/1986Designated Federal Officer Fax*202-619-7420
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary Cmte Designated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Type*Continuing
Committee Function*National Policy Issue Advisory Board


Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate Required 
Legislation Status 
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*Unfunded Mandates Reform Act - applies to this committee and therefore is no longer required under FACA.Under the provisions of the Commemorative Works Act, Congressional committees must seek the views of the Commission during their consideration of authorizing legislation for memorials in Washington, D.C. The Commission reviewed bills under consideration by Congress at all of the meetings held this fiscal year and consulted with Committees of Congress on these bills. The Commission is charged with providing advice to the Secretary and Congress on subject matter, site and design of proposed memorials. This role is critical as memorial proposals move through the legislative and site selection stages, and often provides an early opportunity to identify and resolve problem areas and preferable alternatives before sponsors approach other review bodies with their proposals. The Commission also serves as a forum where memorial sponsors, their architects and their designers can obtain guidance, direction, and input from the perspectives of the agencies responsible for guiding and directing the planning and character of development in the Nation's Capital.
How is membership balanced?*Membership of the National Capital Memorial Commission is constituted in accordance with P.L. 99-652. It consists of eight voting members representing agencies that are instrumental in the protection of historic and cultural resources, planning, and the establishment of monuments and memorials in the District of Columbia and surrounding environs. The Commemorative Works Act directly affects lands managed by the Department of the Interior and the General Services Administration--representation by both these agencies is critical. Participation by the Commission of Fine Arts, the National Capital Planning Commission, and the District of Columbia is also critical because these bodies have review authority over memorial proposals. Participation by the Architect of the Capitol, the Dept. of Defense, and the American Battle Monuments Commission is also essential to memorial efforts in that each brings a specific expertise and historical knowledge of personages and events of great National importance. Typically memorial proposals have involved individuals which have figured prominently in the cultural, political, and military history of the United States.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The Commission meets at the call of the chair and is legislatively required to meet at least twice annually. The Commission met four times last year and has met twice this year. The FY 2002 meetings focused on specific elements of legislative proposals, site studies, design proposals for memorials, and planning efforts of the Joint Task Force on Memorials. The Commission reviews memorial bills introduced into the Congress. Several have been introduced and may continue to be introduced as the 107th Congress continues beyond the end of this fiscal year. The Commission reviewed and provided recommendations on several bills as noted below, and its recommendations were reflected both in Departmental testimony before Congress and in amendments incorporated into several bills which had been recommended by the Commission (H.R. 282, a bill to authorize the Pyramid of Rememberance memorial; H.R. 452, the Ronald Reagan Memorial Act; S. 281 and H.R. 510, bills to authorize a Vietnam Veterans Memorial Education Center; S. 621 and H.R. 1161, bills to authorize a memorial to Thomas Masaryk; and H.R. 1668, a bill to authorize a memorial to John Adams, John Quincy Adams, and the Adams legacy)). Thus far, in FY 2002, site selections have been reviewed for the Masaryk Memorial, and plaques proposed to be added at the Lincoln and Vietnam Veterans Memorials. Additional proposals considered are several memorials to victims of terrorism, a National Slavery Memorial, and a Memorial to Native Americans, and amendments to the Commemorative Works Act of 1986.The Commission considered one request for its recommendation to the Secretary of Interior to propose legislation to the Congress to enable placement of the John Adams Memorial within that portion of the Nation's Capital denoted as Area I by the Commemorative Works Act of 1986. The Commission also met to consider design studies for this memorial and for the Plaque to commemorate Postwar Casualties of the Vietnam War at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The Commission was established by Congress in P.L. 99-652, the Commemorative Works Act of 1986, to advise the Secretary of the Interior, the Administrator of GSA, Committees of Congress, and persons interested in establishing monuments and memorials in the Nation's Capital on issues related to the Commemorative Works Process which was set in place by that same Act of Congress. That advice extends to all phases of the process, from initial consideration of legislation as a bill introduced into Congress, through selection of sites, and through initial phases of design guidance. These meetings provide the opportunity for the exchange of ideas and clarification of recommendations and directions on issues which the sponsors have been required to address to achieve passage of legislation and agency approvals of sites and designs. This has proved helpful to limiting the number of memorials in the City which was the goal of the Commemorative Works Act. The cross-section of interests comes together to serve as a group which provides valuable insights for persons involved at all levels in the establishment of monuments and memorials on Federal lands.
Why close or partially close meetings?All meetings are open.
Recommendation Remarks(1) Re #7/8b (EXPECTED COMMITTEE TERMINATION DATE/SPECIFIC TERMINATION AUTHORITY) -- Pursuant to the Commission's enabling legislation, P.L. 99-652: In view of the objectives, scope and purposes of the Commission, it is expected to continue into the foreseeable future, without termination. (2) Re MEMBERSHIP--The Commission is composed wholly of ex-officio members; therefore, each member continues to serve as long as the official encumbers the position designated by P.L. 99-652 for Committee membership, or until such time as the Commission would be legislatively terminated.
(2) Re #18c (COSTS/Other). Costs incurred in this category are for court reporting and transcribing services for the four National Capital Memorial Commission public meetings ($500.00 each).


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 DeliveryNoAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionNoAction CommentCommittee was terminated this FY
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsNoGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentCommittee was terminated this FYNumber Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*NoDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentCommittee was terminated this FYGrants Review CommentCommittee was terminated this FY
Number Of Recommendations*0Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*No
Number Of Recommendations CommentCommittee was terminated this FYAccess Agency WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented*0.00%Access Committee WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentCommittee was terminated this FYAccess GSA FACA WebsiteNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented*0.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentCommittee was terminated this FYAccess OtherNo
Agency Feedback*NoAccess CommentOffice of CMO
Agency Feedback Comment*Committee was terminated this FYNarrative Description*Committee was terminated this FY
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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*$5,500.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$5,500.00
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$2,000.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$2,000.00
Total Costs$7,500.00Est. Total Next FY*$7,500.00
Date Cost Last Modified Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.30
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.30Est Cost Remarks
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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-016856National Capital Memorial Commission2002
 COM-017252National Capital Memorial Commission2001
 COM-018805National Capital Memorial Commission2000
 COM-019396National Capital Memorial Commission1999
 COM-020730National Capital Memorial Commission1998
 COM-021282National Capital Memorial Commission1997