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DOD - 73697 - Advisory Committee on Arlington National Cemetery - Statutory (Congress Created)
Hide Section - GENERAL INFORMATION

GENERAL INFORMATION

Committee NameAdvisory Committee on Arlington National CemeteryAgency NameDepartment of Defense
Fiscal Year2020Committee Number73697
Original Establishment Date7/31/2012Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URLhttps://www.arlingtoncemetery.mil/About/Advisor...
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*9
Current Charter Date7/31/2020Designated Fed Officer Position Title*DFO
Date Of Renewal Charter7/31/2022Designated Federal Officer PrefixMs
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Renea
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Yates
Establishment Authority*Statutory (Congress Created)Designated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*10 USC 7723Designated Federal Officer Phone*703-614-1248
Effective Date Of Authority*9/17/2010Designated Federal Officer Fax*(571) 256-3334
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary CmteNot ApplicableDesignated Federal Officer Email*renea.c.yates.civ@mail.mil
Committee Type*Continuing
Presidential*No
Committee Function*Other Committee
Hide Section - RECOMMENDATION/JUSTIFICATIONS

RECOMMENDATION/JUSTIFICATIONS

Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredYes
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The Committee provides the Secretary of Defense, through the Secretary of the Army, independent advice and recommendations with respect to the administration of Arlington National Cemetery, the erection of memorials at the cemetery, and master planning for the cemetery by periodic reports and recommendations.. Not later than 90 days after receiving a report or recommendations from the Committee, the Secretary of the Army submits the report to the Chairs and Ranking Members of the Congressional Defense Committees and the Congressional Committees on Veterans’ Affairs. Comments and recommendations that the Secretary of the Army considers appropriate are included.
How is membership balanced?*The Committee shall be composed of no more than nine members. The
members shall be prominent authorities in their respective fields of interest or expertise, specifically bereavement practices and administrative oversight to organizational management, the erection of memorials, and master planning for extending the life of a cemetery. Of the potential nine members, one member shall be nominated by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs; one member shall be nominated by the Secretary of the American Battle Monuments Commission; and no more than seven members shall be nominated by the Secretary of the Army.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*Meeting at an estimated Quarterly frequency allows the Committee adequate time to study and research strategic issues, provide input to the development of relevant agenda items, and prepare timely input for the Secretary of the Army to consider regarding strategic planning, policy, and future of Arlington National Cemetery.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*Public Law 112-81 § 591, National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012, established the Advisory Committee on Arlington National Cemetery, a non-discretionary Committee to provide the Secretary of Defense, through the Secretary of the Army, independent advice and recommendations, with respect to the administration of Arlington National Cemetery, the erection of memorials at the cemetery, and master planning for the cemetery.
Why close or partially close meetings?N/A
Recommendation RemarksThe Committee met three times in FY20. To fulfill it's Charter responsibilities, the Committee received and studied reports regarding the following issues:
- Commemorative Monument status and recommendations;
- Southern Expansion project;
- ANC Master Plan;
- Proposed revised eligibility criteria for interment at Arlington National Cemetery
- Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Centennial Commemoration and Repair Status;
- Memorial Amphitheater Preservation
- Education and Interpretive Programs at Arlington National Cemetery
Hide Section - PERFORMANCE MEASURES

PERFORMANCE MEASURES

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 OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionYesAction CommentN/A
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsYesGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentThe Committee was codified into law within NDAA 2012, 10 USC 446.Number Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentNature of Committee is not designed to be a cost savings.Grants Review CommentNone
Number Of Recommendations*17Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentThe Committee made 1 recommendation in FY 2012, to establish three subcommittees (Honor, Remember and Explore) and the agency implemented the 1 recommendation. The Committee made 2 recommendations in FY 2013 and the agency implemented both (2) recommendations. 1) Arlington National Cemetery to further institutionalize efforts to preserve the cemetery's cultural and natural history by pursuing designation as an arboretum. 2) Army enact policies to remove of all non-natural items (e.g., wind chimes, lights, trinkets, etc.) from the trees, shrubbery and bushes in Section 60. The Committee made 2 recommendations in FY 2014 and the agency implemented both (2) recommendations. 1) The Army ends the current Section 60 Mementos collection program no later than 31 Dec 2014 or upon withdrawal of combat troops from Afghanistan.2) The Army designates all items previously collected and retained as part of the Section 60 Mementos Program as a historical memorial collection. In FY15, the Committee rendered 1 recommendation that did not provide a definative action for SecArmy. In accordance with Title 10 Part 4723, the Committee submitted comments on one proposal for placement of a monument at ANC. The committee deliberated the proposed commemorative monument as requested by the VHPA. The monument request was the first the committee has had to consider since the public law change requiring the SecArmy to consult with the committee prior to approving or disapproving. Unfortunately the committee vote was split, 3 In Favor Of and 3 Against recommending approval for placement of this monument in Arlington National Cemetery. As a result, no definitive recommendation can be made for this monument. a. Those voting for a favorable recommendation to place the monument included the Committee Chair, Honorable Max Cleland, Mr. Thomas Kelley and Mr. Chet Edwards. The arguments for the placement of the monument included: (1)Monument should be given serious consideration due to the disproportionate loss of life compared to the number of lives these pilots saved in the Vietnam conflict. (2)The number of Vietnam pilots interred at ANC.(3)The 50th commemoration of the Vietnam War makes this monument appropriate. b. Those voting against recommending placement of the monument included Mr. James Peake, Mr. Russell Davis, and Mrs. Debra Fix. Mr. Ronald Fetherson was not present. The arguments against placement of the monument included: (1)ANCs fundamental mission and purpose is for internment, ANC is not a monument park. Other more commemorative efforts could be used to pay tribute to those who were lost by creation of a tour so that the sacrifices of individuals who are interred here can be remembered. (2) Recommending one monument over others is a deliberate decision and makes it difficult to deny others with equally compelling commemorations. Over time future burial space will be exhausted.(3)Approval will negatively impact space in the cemetery over time. However, after reviewing the Committee Report, the Secretary disapproved the VHPA request. In FY16 the Committee made 3 recommendations: (1) Approve revising the Committee Charter to: (a) reflect Co-Chairs for the Full Committee, (b) Combine the Remember and the Explore Subcommittees, and (c) appoint Mr. Davis as Chair of the combined subcommittee; (2) Disapprove proposed commemorative monuments as requested by both the 8th and 12th Armor Division Associations; and (3) Approve naming a new street and loop in the Millennium Project separately in honor of GySgt Jonathan Gifford (U.S. Marine Corps) and Ms. Ida Lewis (U.S. Lighthouse Service which would be later absorbed into the U.S. Coast Guard. The Agency implemented all three recommendations. In FY17 the Committee made two recommendations (1) Disapprove a request by the National Army Security Agency Association to place a commemorative monument within ANC and (2) Appoint CSM Mark L. Farley, USA (Ret) as Chair of the Remember and Explore Subcommittee in relief of LtGen Russell Davis USAF (Ret) who retired from the Committee on July 31, 2017. In FY18 the Committee recommended SecArmy approve changing ANC policy of providing Funeral Escorts for grades E-9 and above to a policy of providing Funeral Escorts to the grades of E-9, W-4, and O-4, and above to reduce waiting time for families scheduling services, increase operational efficiency, and conserve limited resources. The Army implemented this recommendation. In FY19 the Committee rendered 2 recommendations 1) that the SECARMY approve placing a commemorative monument for the USS Thresher within ANC and 2) the SECARMY approve the Committee's recommendation to extend ANC as an active burial ground well into the future by following the criteria described in the 1 Dec 2018 Report. The Army implemented 1 of the 2 recommendations. The Committee made 4 recommendations in FY20 1) that the SECARMY approve for placement within ANC, a commemorative monument honoring the fallen servicemembers that served with the Office of Strategic Services in World War II; 2) that the SECARMY approve for placement within ANC; a commemorative monument honoring the crew of the Apollo 1; 3) Recommend the SECARMY delete § 553.1 paragraph titled “Positions of Significant Government Responsibility” as well as the eligibility for these individuals as outlined in §553.12(a)(5) and §553.13(a)(6), within the Proposed Rule 32 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 553; 4) Recommend the SECARMY delete paragraph § 553.12(a)(4), within the Proposed Rule 32 CFR part 553.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*85.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentThe Committee made 1 recommendation in FY 2012, and the agency implemented the 1 recommendation. The Committee made 2 recommendations in FY 2013 and the agency implemented both (2) recommendations. 1) Arlington National Cemetery to further institutionalize efforts to preserve the cemetery's cultural and natural history by pursuing designation as an arboretum. 2) Army enact policies to remove of all non-natural items (e.g., wind chimes, lights, trinkets, etc.) from the trees, shrubbery and bushes in Section 60. The Committeee made 2 recommendations in FY 2014 and the agency implemented both (2) recommendations. 1) The Army end the current Section 60 Mementos collection program no later than 31 Dec 2014 or upon withdrawal of combat troops from Afghanistan. 2) The Army designate all items previously collected and retained as part of the Section 60 Mementos Program as a historical memorial collection. The Committee provided comments to the SecArmy with a split vote in FY2015 and the agency did not fully implement the proposed action and approve placement of the VHPA commemoraive monument.In FY16 the Committee made 3 recommendations: (1) Approve revising the Committee Charter to: (a) reflect Co-Chairs for the Full Committee, (b) Combine the Remember and the Explore Subcommittees, and (c) appoint Mr. Davis as Chair of the combined subcommittee; (2) Disapprove proposed commemorative monuments as requested by both the 8th and 12th Armor Division Associations; and (3) Approve naming a new street and loop in the Millennium Project separately in honor of GySgt Jonathan Gifford (U.S. Marine Corps) and Ms. Ida Lewis (U.S. Lighthouse Service which would be later absorbed into the U.S. Coast Guard. The Agency implemented all three recommendations.In FY17 the Committee made two recommendations (1) Disapprove a request by the National Army Security Agency Association to place a commemorative monument within ANC and (2) Appoint CSM Mark L. Farley, USA (Ret) as Chair of the Remember and Explore Subcommittee in relief of LtGen Russell Davis USAF (Ret) who retired from the Committee on July 31, 2017. The Agency implemented both recommendations.In FY18 the Committee voted unanimously to recommend SecArmy approve a change to ANC policy of providing Funeral Escorts for grades E-9 and above to a policy of providing Funeral Escorts to the grades of E-9, W-4 and above, and O-4 and above to reduce waiting time for families scheduling services, increase operational efficiency, and conserve limited resources. The Agency implemented this recommendation on 11 January 2019. The Agency implemented the recommendation for placement of a commemorative monument in honor of those lost aboard the USS Thresher on 25 Sep 2019.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*15.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentThe agency partially accepted the recommendation regarding placement of the VHPA commemorative monument in Sep 2017 by allowing a smaller size tree monument adjacent to the living memorial at ANC. The agency partially accepted the recommendations rendered regarding extending the life of active burials at ANC in Sep 2019 in accordance with the NDAA.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentNone
Agency Feedback Comment*Via reports and memoranda and notificaiton to Congress.Narrative Description*The Committee shall provide the Secretary of Defense, through the Secretary of the Army, independent advice and recommendations, with respect to the administration of Arlington National Cemetery, the erection of memorials at the cemetery, and master planning for the cemetery.
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COSTS

Payments to Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Members*$4,250.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$5,000.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$132,850.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$132,850.00
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$5,131.63Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$16,500.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$1,057.85Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$3,000.00
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$143,289.48Est. Total Next FY*$157,350.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*1.30Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*1.30
Cost RemarksPhysical meeting reduction due to COVID-19 reduced travel costs.Est Cost RemarksMost meetings were virtual in FY 20; potential for physical meetings in FY 21
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Interest Areas

Category
Area
Eligibility
Eligibility Programs
Government
Federal Government
Land
Conservation and Preservation
Land Management and Use
National Parks, Sites, Trails, Recreational Areas Monuments
Veterans
Veterans and Veterans' Medical Care
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MEMBERS,MEETINGS AND ADVISORY REPORTS

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SUBCOMMITTEES

Committee

Subcommittees

ActionCommittee System IDSubcommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-031761Honor Subcommittee2020
 COM-032190Remember and Explore Subcommittee2020
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CHARTERS AND RELATED DOCS

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Hide Section - DATA FROM PREVIOUS YEARS

DATA FROM PREVIOUS YEARS

Committee

Data from Previous Years

 
ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-035716Advisory Committee on Arlington National Cemetery2019
 COM-033076Advisory Committee on Arlington National Cemetery2018
 COM-001414Advisory Committee on Arlington National Cemetery2017
 COM-002965Advisory Committee on Arlington National Cemetery2016
 COM-003448Advisory Committee on Arlington National Cemetery2015
 COM-004988Advisory Committee on Arlington National Cemetery2014
 COM-005573Advisory Committee on Arlington National Cemetery2013
 COM-007133Advisory Committee on Arlington National Cemetery2012
 COM-007724Army National Cemeteries Advisory Committee2011
 COM-009266Army National Cemeteries Advisory Committee2010