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DOD - 393 - Air University Board of Visitors - Agency Authority


Committee NameAir University Board of VisitorsAgency NameDepartment of Defense
Fiscal Year2020Committee Number393
Original Establishment Date3/22/1946Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*15
Current Charter Date4/29/2020Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Chief, Advisory Boards and Strategic Operations
Date Of Renewal Charter4/29/2022Designated Federal Officer PrefixDr.
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Shawn
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle NamePatrick
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*O'Mailia
Establishment Authority*Agency AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*Secretary of the Air Force DeterminationDesignated Federal Officer Phone*(334) 462-1002
Effective Date Of Authority*3/22/1946Designated Federal Officer Fax*
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary CmteNot ApplicableDesignated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Type*Continuing
Committee Function*Non Scientific Program Advisory Board


Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNo
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The AU BoV provides independent advice and recommendations on educational and doctrinal and research policies and activities of Air University. The AU BoV reviews and evaluates the progress of the education programs; the published statement of purpose, institutional policies, and financial resources; and the educational effectiveness, quality of student learning, administrative and educational support services as well as the teaching, research, and public service of the University. Recommendations made by the BoV are reviewed by the school or organization to which it pertains. That school or organization responds in writing to the BoV indicating how they will respond to the Board's recommendations. These actions are provided to the Secretary of Defense through the Secretary of the Air Force. This cycle provides a vital review of the quality of AU programs.
How is membership balanced?*Air University maintains a balanced membership on the Board primarily on the basis of professional expertise and how this expertise bears on our education programs. For example, members of the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) Subcommittee of the Board are chosen from engineering, management, and other academic areas offered at AFIT. These members are usually at the dean or professional level in their respective academic institutions. The rest of the AU BoV is composed of carefully selected individuals ranging from academic deans to chancellors of multi-university institutions (i.e., positions analogous to that of the AU Commander). The Department of Defense attempts to have some members knowledgeable of accrediting agencies to assist us in maintaining up-to-date knowledge of accrediting procedures and requirements. Finally, to round out the Board, retired military and business professionals are added. When considering the above categories of individuals, we maintain diversity representation insofar as possible, as well as geographical and institution type balance. Typically, 1/3 representation is attempted for educators, business professionals, and retired military respectively.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The average number of combined committee and subcommittee meetings is four (4) per year: Spring and Fall BoV Committee meetings and two Subcommittee meetings: one annual meeting at AFIT and one annul CCAF meeting.

Bov Committee meetings are normally held at Maxwell AFB to review Air University programs. However, the Board may occasionally meet at other locations. The Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) Subcommittee meets annually and will normally meet at the Maxwell-Gunter AFB Annex, in Montgomery, Alabama. The Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) subcommittee meets annually and is normally held at AFIT campus on Wright-Patterson AFB in Dayton, Ohio.

These educational institutions have continuously evolving programs that require periodic reviews. Air University is accredited by the Southern Associations of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and Higher Learning Commission. Also, some of the schools carry credit recommendations by the American Council on Education. These accrediting associations require, as part of their prescribed standards, periodic review by such external Boards for continued accreditation. The Board submits its recommendations to the Secretary of Defense through the Secretary of the Air Force and the Chief of Staff, USAF, each year following both the meetings (Wright-Patterson AFB and Maxwell AFB). This assures that per the Board's Charter, the independent advice and recommendations of the Board may be acted upon by the Secretary of the Air Force.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The recommendations and consultations provided by the Board cannot be obtained elsewhere in the Air Force or the Department of Defense. It is the external, civilian, unbiased nature of the Board which makes it a valuable body. It is outside the normal DOD chain of command and can, therefore, bring a unique perspective to all areas it reviews. Board members are chosen on individual merit and the expertise they can offer Air University. Views and recommendations of the Board which are obtained during meeting discussions, as well as in the Board report, provide unique appraisals of AU's professional education and research programs. The members' collective experience of educational objectives and programs bring a reservoir of knowledge and understanding which is essential in education and to AU's relations with the general public and the academic community. The Air Force learns much from these experts and at the same time gains the respect of the civilian education environment by our willingness to consider the Board's advice. The counsel of the Board is invaluable in assisting and maintaining the proper academic levels for our programs. The functions and purpose of the BOV do not duplicate those of any other existing committees or agencies of the federal government.
Why close or partially close meetings?Meetings are not closed to the public unless the Department of Defense determines that items on the planned agenda meet the closed meeting provisions of 5 U.S.C. § 552b(c). Pursuant to DoD policy closed meetings can only be authorized by the DoD Sponsor, who is the Secretary of the Air Force or designee, and only after consultation with the appropriate General Counsel.
Recommendation RemarksThe AU BoV Chairs out-brief the Secretary of the Air Force in-person, annually via an Executive Summary. Meeting minutes, which contain the Board's recommendations are attached as supporting documentation. For continuity and flow, Subcommittee Meeting minutes, after being approved by the Subcommittee, signed by the subcommittee Chair, and briefed to the main committee, are included annually as a separate and distinct attachment to the BoV minutes. (Historically, this has been the April [spring] meeting; in 2016 the Subcommittee meeting moved to Oct. therefore, the minutes will be attached to the November [the fall} main committee minutes.) The Board's current charter is being amended to reflect a change in the number of parent board meetings and the number of subcommittee meetings for the Board's existing subcommittee and the new subcommittee authorized by the Secretary of the Air Force.


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*YesAction Reorganize Priorities*Yes
Outcome Trust In GovernmentYesAction Reallocate ResourcesYes
Outcome Major Policy ChangesYesAction Issued New RegulationsYes
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchYesAction Proposed LegislationYes
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryYesAction OtherYes
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionYesAction CommentBased on the advice and recommendations of the Board of Visitors (BoV), Air University (AU) is able to maintain regional accreditation. As well the BoV's advice and recommendations help AU operate educational programs which possess academic rigor and are in line with the mission of Air University.
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsYesGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherYesNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentAn external board is required by Air University's regional accrediting body, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) and the AFIT Subcommittee serves this role for AFIT related to there regional accrediting body, the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).Number Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*$1,000,001 - $5,000,000Dollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentThe cost savings associated with the advice and recommendations that the Air University Board of Visitors provides is incalculable. The cost savings figure provided above is estimated based upon the idea of if Air University had to pay for the consultation services that we obtain from the Board of Visitors, that cost would be significantly greater than the cost of the travel and per diem we provide to the Air University Board of Visitors members for their meeting attendance.Grants Review CommentNA
Number Of Recommendations*637Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentThe total number of recommendations are represented in the meetings from 2003 to September 2020. Twelve of those recommendations remain under consideration at the close of this fiscal year. Open status items are being worked by AU Centers, Schools, and staff. The Air University Board of Visitors has a good grasp and understanding of Air University and the various issues facing it; and, perhaps more importantly, the board helps provide strategic guidance in the formulation of educational plans and programs for Air University. In FY20, the Air University Board of Visitors made 2 recommendations. Do to COVID-19, the Main Committee and CCAF Subcommittee did not meet. Recommendations from the AFIT Subcommittee, which met in March 20 have not been accepted by the Main Committee. They will be considered during the November 2020 meeting.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*92.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentThe Air University Commander and Air Force Senior Leadership (SECAF/CSAF) support, and are very receptive, to the Air University Board of Visitors recommendations and make every effort with-in the constraints of policy and guidance to implement them. (98%)Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*4.00%Access PublicationsYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentAs stated previously the Air University makes every effort to implement all the Board’s recommendations and at the very least implement partially. If the recommendation can only be partially implemented, respective Air University personnel will explain why they recommendation cannot be fully or partially implemented.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentN/A
Agency Feedback Comment*Air University provides a written response to each recommendation and this information is contained in each of the respective meeting minutes.Narrative Description*The purpose of the Air University Board of Visitors is to assist Air University (AU) in sustaining effective programs. Due to the importance of Air University's Mission, it is desirable that the Air Force obtain advice, views, and recommendations on matters involving performance of their educational mission. To this end, an advisory committee, designated as the Air University Board of Visitors, was established in July 1946 by the Commanding General of the Army Air Forces and has been in existence since that time.
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Payments to Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Members*$900.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$900.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$135,000.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$150,000.00
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$13,608.23Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$26,400.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$5,720.00Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$5,720.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$4,885.93Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$5,000.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$0.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Other Costs$323.93Est. Other Costs Next FY*$2,750.00
Total Costs$160,438.09Est. Total Next FY*$190,770.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*1.50Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*1.50
Cost RemarksDue to COVID-19, the Spring AU BOV Meeting was not conducted.Est Cost Remarks
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Interest Areas

Applied Science
Applied Sciences
Computer Technology
Systems Engineering
Schools and Academic Institutions
Federal Government
National Defense
National Security and Defense
Overseas Security Issues
Basic Research
Science and Technology
Science and Technology
Space and Aeronautics


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ActionCommittee System IDSubcommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-032221Air Force Institute of Technology Subcommittee2020
 COM-030936Community College of the Air Force Subcommittee2020


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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-035670Air University Board of Visitors2019
 COM-033046Air University Board of Visitors2018
 COM-001396Air University Board of Visitors2017
 COM-002890Air University Board of Visitors2016
 COM-003442Air University Board of Visitors2015
 COM-005025Air University Board of Visitors2014
 COM-005596Air University Board of Visitors2013
 COM-007116Air University Board of Visitors2012
 COM-007696Air University Board of Visitors2011
 COM-009303Air University Board of Visitors2010
 COM-009848Air University Board of Visitors2009
 COM-011258Air University Board of Visitors2008
 COM-011734Air University Board of Visitors2007
 COM-013149Air University Board of Visitors2006
 COM-013514Air University Board of Visitors2005
 COM-014941Air University Board of Visitors2004
 COM-015502Air University Board of Visitors2003
 COM-016957Air University Board of Visitors2002
 COM-017369Board of Visitors, Air University2001
 COM-019071Board of Visitors, Air University2000
 COM-019335Board of Visitors, Air University1999
 COM-020864Board of Visitors, Air University1998
 COM-021203Board of Visitors, Air University1997