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DOD - 398 - Board of Visitors of the U.S. Air Force Academy - Statutory (Congress Created)


Committee NameBoard of Visitors of the U.S. Air Force AcademyAgency NameDepartment of Defense
Fiscal Year2020Committee Number398
Original Establishment Date8/10/1956Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URL 
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*Yes
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*15
Current Charter Date11/13/2020Designated Fed Officer Position Title*DFO
Date Of Renewal Charter11/13/2022Designated Federal Officer PrefixMr.
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Anthony
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle NameRyan
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*McDonald
Establishment Authority*Statutory (Congress Created)Designated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*10 U.S.C. 9455Designated Federal Officer Phone*(703) 693-9309
Effective Date Of Authority*8/10/1956Designated Federal Officer Fax*703-693-4244
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 RequiredYes
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) Board of Visitors (BoV) business is accomplished via visits to the Academy to observe training and receive updates on USAFA affairs. Additionally, the BoV meets in Washington DC and virtually as applicable. The Board makes recommendations directly to the USAFA Superintendent in order to address complex issues necessary to improve the operation of the Academy. In addition, the semi-annual report of Board findings and recommendations is submitted concurrently to the Secretary of Defense, through the Secretary of the Air Force, and to the Committee on Armed Services of the Senate and the Committee on Armed Services of the House of Representatives.
How is membership balanced?*The Board membership is appointed by the President, Vice President/President pro tempore of the Senate, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and the Chairmen of the Senate Armed Services Committee and House Armed Services Committee. The Board is composed of members of the Senate and House of Representatives and prominent U.S. citizens, at least two of whom are graduates of the Academy. It is bipartisan. The Board function is one of gathering information as to the Academy's programs, discipline, curriculum, morale, and facilities.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*Board meetings are held at least twice annually, one at the USAF Academy, as required per statute. Board relevance has been demonstrated through numerous program changes effected by Board recommendations. Examples include increased emphasis on airmanship and developmental programs, the profession of arms, performance measurement and assessment practices, and increased support for infrastructure/facilities requirements. Board members bring varied perspectives and valuable insights to the Academy by virtue of their stature as prominent Americans, and as civilian leaders of the nation.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*Federal statute (10 U.S.C. 9455) requires the Secretary of Defense to establish the committee.
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, the Secretary of the Air Force or designee, and only after consultation with the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force General Counsel.
Recommendation RemarksThe Board only met once in FY20. There was a meeting scheduled for July 2020 but was delayed to 18 November 2020 (FY21) due to COVID-19 restrictions. The DFO, with approval of the Board Chair has implemented the use of virtual meetings, as necessary, to mitigate the restrictions driven by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Board only met once in FY19. There was a second meeting scheduled for May 1, 2019 that was cancelled because of lack of a quorum.


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*YesAction Reorganize Priorities*No
Outcome Trust In GovernmentYesAction Reallocate ResourcesYes
Outcome Major Policy ChangesYesAction Issued New RegulationsYes
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 CommentIn all the areas identified, the Board of Visitors remains in constant contact, is provided access for information gathering and sensing sessions, and worked with various experts across the spectrum to discuss and review viable courses of action and provide independent advice and recommendations on matters relating, but not limited to morale, discipline, social climate, curriculum, instruction, fiscal affairs, academic methods, and strategic communication to enhance USAFA programs.
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsNoGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentThe Board has embraced its role in the oversight structure and serves to ensure that all aspects of the Academy are reinvigorated, to include; fiscal requirements, the admissions process, diversity, character assessment, the accreditation process, and increased cadet involvement in the Academy Training Program. The Board has been discussing all the areas identified and has been aggressively taking action to address.Number Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*NoneDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentNAGrants Review CommentNA
Number Of Recommendations*31Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentThe Board currently has the following outstanding recommendations (FY17-20), there were 4 new recommendations for FY20:

1. Strategic Metrics. (2017) USAFA made some progress on tracking post-graduation metrics to determine if USAFA is producing the right graduates and to show how well graduates are performing after graduation, however still faces the challenge of dealing with data limitations
across multiple databases. USAFA is working with the AF/A1 Chief Information Officer to overcome the challenge of merging data from multiple independent Air Force databases. A new office of labor and economics has been established to build analysis.

2. IT Infrastructure. (2018) USAFA is historically underfunded by $4-5M for IT infrastructure and is subject to end-of-year fallout money to cover IT needs. The board highlighted advocacy for IT funding and manpower through the POM process to achieve a sustained model.

3. Cadet Athletic Funding. (2018) Most universities experience an annual cost growth of 8-14% for athletic programs; historic funding growth at USAFA is only 6-7% growth resulting in a $5-6M deficit. USAFA relies on funding through end-of-year fallout money, however, this is not a long-term strategy. There has been some successes under the AFAAC contract through increasing sports sponsorship, merchandising, sports camps, and fundraising revenues. The way forward also includes investing in USAFA brand and registered marks.

4. SAPR Budget and Resources. (2018) The USAFA SAPR programs are budgeted for $65K with a $290K shortfall in FY19, and $67K with a $300K shortfall in FY20. Included in the shortfalls are the CHIPS Program, the SAPR Summit, and additional costs to run the SAPR office (to include manning resources). USAFA received tremendous support from Headquarters Air Force to cover shortfalls but also noted the need for more data on the effectiveness of prevention programs to ensure future funding. The Chairman recommended the Board continue to advocate for support, funding and manpower requirements.

5. Medical accession vs. retention standards. (2018) The current challenge is maintaining accession medical standards for the entire four years at USAFA. This is DoD policy. USAFA is advocating to use accession medical standards for the first two years; after cadets commit to the Air Force at the start of the junior year, retention medical standards would be used. Prior service Airmen revert to the accession standard when attending the Academy. The Air Force has stood up the Accession Medical Waiver Division to collect all requests for medical waivers; the division will standardize waivers across the accession sources advocating for a policy utilizing
retention standards for upper-class cadets.

6. SAPR. (2020) Data Collection, specific for individual cases and the disciplinary actions associated, if any. The Sexual Assault Prevention & Response framework must include a comprehensive approach and combination of methods to include deterrence. How can we ensure cadets are adequately deterred?

7. Special Victim Counsels. (2020) Increasing the number of Special Victim Counsels (SVCs) has been approved. How do we meet the temporary need…the 2-3 year interim period to develop needed skills to be assigned as a trained SVC?

8. Vetting Candidates for Appointment. (2020) With relation to vetting an appointment to the Air Force
Academy; what are the restrictions and what is considered acceptable to view or screen a candidate’s social media account(s)?

9. Demographics. (2020) Fine-tune and develop the Key Classification Results for CY21; further break out gender, minority categories, and include non-operational career fields.
Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*75.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentBoV participation in these issues has been crucial to their subsequent adoption. The ability to fully assess a percentage implementation across the life of the committee remains problematic in that many recommendations either cross-cut or have enduring aspects that may cross annual reporting.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*15.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentThe BoV Chairman is preparing his Annual Report and will re-focus the committee priorities going forward in coordination with the new USAFA Superintendent and new BoV members. New recommendations will be fully documented in the minutes and tracked to completion. The new BoV Chairman will meet with the Secretary of the Air Force, before the end of calendar year 2020 and deliver his annual report.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentN/A
Agency Feedback Comment*The Secretary of the Air Force and/or the Chief of Staff of the Air Force (or their designees) attend every Board of Visitors meeting, and supply feedback directly to the board. Additionally, close working relationship between the DFO/Executive Secretary and the BoV Chairman facilitate rapid and regular feedback. Additionally, SAF/LL works tirelessly with the Congressional members of the Board to ensure feedback is continual.Narrative Description*The Board provides advice through the Secretary of the Air Force to the Secretary of Defense and the Committees on Armed Services for the House of Representatives and the Senate. The Board's advisory role includes the morale, discipline, and social climate, the curriculum, instruction, physical equipment, fiscal affairs, academic methods, and other matters relating to the Academy the Board decides to consider.
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Payments to Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Members*$6,500.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$6,600.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$249,358.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$255,000.00
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*$9,509.33Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$10,000.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$10,680.52Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$12,000.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$0.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Other Costs$5,291.97Est. Other Costs Next FY*$6,000.00
Total Costs$281,339.82Est. Total Next FY*$289,600.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*2.00Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*2.00
Cost RemarksThe estimated annual operating cost, to include travel, meetings, and contract support, is approximately $275,000.00. The estimated annual personnel costs to the DoD are 2 full-time equivalents.Est Cost Remarks
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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-035681Board of Visitors of the U.S. Air Force Academy2019
 COM-033059Board of Visitors of the U.S. Air Force Academy2018
 COM-001399Board of Visitors of the U.S. Air Force Academy2017
 COM-002881Board of Visitors of the U.S. Air Force Academy2016
 COM-003474Board of Visitors of the U.S. Air Force Academy2015
 COM-004994Board of Visitors of the U.S. Air Force Academy2014
 COM-005628Board of Visitors of the U.S. Air Force Academy2013
 COM-007230Board of Visitors of the U.S. Air Force Academy2012
 COM-007689Board of Visitors of the U.S. Air Force Academy2011
 COM-009296Board of Visitors of the U.S. Air Force Academy2010
 COM-009850USAF Academy Board of Visitors2009
 COM-011217USAF Academy Board of Visitors2008
 COM-011730USAF Academy Board of Visitors2007
 COM-013134USAF Academy Board of Visitors2006
 COM-013553USAF Academy Board of Visitors2005
 COM-015025USAF Academy Board of Visitors2004
 COM-015420USAF Academy Board of Visitors2003
 COM-017062USAF Academy Board of Visitors2002
 COM-017261USAF Academy Board of Visitors2001
 COM-018939USAF Academy Board of Visitors2000
 COM-019372Board of Visitors, U.S. Air Force Academy1999
 COM-020865Board of Visitors, U.S. Air Force Academy1998
 COM-021223Board of Visitors, U.S. Air Force Academy1997