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ED - 13864 - The Secretary of Education's Commission on Opportunity in Athletics - Agency Authority


Committee NameThe Secretary of Education's Commission on Opportunity in AthleticsAgency NameDepartment of Education
Fiscal Year2003Committee Number13864
Original Establishment Date Committee StatusTerminated
Actual Termination Date3/15/2003Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYYesMax Number of Members*15
Current Charter Date7/25/2002Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Executive Director & DFO
Date Of Renewal Charter7/25/2004Designated Federal Officer PrefixMs.
Projected Termination Date3/15/2003Designated Federal Officer First Name*Deborah
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityThe CharterDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Price
Establishment Authority*Agency AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*Designated Federal Officer Phone*(202) 377-3007
Effective Date Of Authority* Designated Federal Officer Fax*(202) 275-5000
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 Commission collected information, analyzed issues, and obtained broad public input directed at improving the application of current Federal standards for measuring equal opportunity for men and women and boys and girls to participate in athletics under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. The Commission made recommendations in a written report to the Secretary on other steps that might be taken to improve the effectiveness of Title IX and to maintain and build upon the extraordinary progress that has resulted from the law's passage 30 years ago. In Fiscal Year 2003 the Commission held a total of four meetings. Two were town hall meetings in Colorado Springs and San Diego. At these meetings the Commissioners heard testimony from over 30 expert witnesses representing all points of view and described the impact of current Title IX enforcement on universities in various divisions of the NCAA as well as two-year institutions and high schools. Also at these meetings, the Commission heard from about 100 citizens in open microphone session. In addition to the town hall meetings, the Commission held two meetings, in Philadelphia and Washington, DC, to work on and develop the content of the Commissions report. The Commission also received thousands of submissions from a variety of concerned citizens and organizations, again representing all points of view on the relevant issues. Every thing that was sent to the Commission by email or mail was shared with each of the Commissioners. The Commission used all of the oral and written information to formulate the Commissions' report, which they presented to the Secretary on February 26, 2003. The Commission staff also produced a number of research documents for Commissioners describing Title IX litigation involving high schools, a digest of U.S. Court of Appeals cases involving Title IX and athletics, a report on national organizations' definition of sports and various responses to ad hoc requests for information from Commissioners. Although the majority of the Commission's workload was related to the logistics of planning and executing the town hall meeting, this research and reporting component became more and more significant in terms of hours spent by staff.
How is membership balanced?*The Commission was composed of not more than 15 members appointed by the Secretary from the public and private sectors, as well as up to three ex officios from the Department of Education. Members included representatives of colleges, university and school district officials, athletic directors, coaches, and other faculty, and representatives of intercolegiate and scondary school athletes. Members also included researchers, state and local officials, and other persons with special expertise in intercollegiate and secondary school athletics or issues of equal educational opportunity.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*Estimated Number of Meetings per Year - 4
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The Secretary was interested in seeking public input and advice on how to improve and clarify the role of the Federal government in administering Title IX. Several groups had alleged that the Office for Civil Rights has failed to effectively enforce Title IX. Others claim that the manner in which the Department enforces the law needlessly results in the elimination of certain men's teams. All of the advocates were passionate and determined. The Secretary was seeking advice and input from representatives of college, university, and shcool district officials. No other group has been established to answer questions related to this subject. The Secretary and this administration felt the timing of the 30th anniversary of the law was a prefect opportunity to seek answers to questions from the public and bring about improvements to this landmark legislation.
Why close or partially close meetings?No meetings were closed. Public comment and participation was very important in obtaining results for this Commission.
Recommendation RemarksThe Commission presented its report to the Secretary on February 26, 2003.

FTE was reduced because staff only worked until March 2003.


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*NoAction Reorganize Priorities*No
Outcome Trust In GovernmentYesAction 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 CommentThe Secretary has issued a letter of clarification regarding the implementations of Title IX as it relates to athletics.
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsYesGrants 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*23Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*No
Number Of Recommendations CommentOf the recommendations presented in the Commission's report, 15 were by unanimous vote, the remaining 8 received one of more votes of opposition to the recommendation.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*0.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentThe Secretary has determined that he will only consider the 15 recommendations that were passed by the Commission unanimously. The Secretary is carefully evaluating the recommendations, however, he has issued a letter of clarifidcation addressing several of these 15 unanimous recommendations.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*0.00%Access PublicationsYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentThe Secretary is carefully evaluating the recommendations no decisions have been made at this time. He is currently addressing clarification on several of the 15 recommendations.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentNA
Agency Feedback Comment*By personal conversation with each Commissioner.Narrative Description*The Commission supported the agency's mission and its strategic plan by reviewing the implementation and interpretation of Title IX as it relates to athletics to gain understanding of how the agency could better implement the law and related regulations.
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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*$66,646.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$0.00
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$101,561.00Est 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$75,032.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$0.00
Total Costs$243,239.00Est. Total Next FY*$0.00
Date Cost Last Modified Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*2.00Est Cost Remarks
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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-016636The Secretary of Education's Commission on Opportunity in Athletics2002