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DOJ - 13813 - Medal of Valor Review Board - Statutory (Congress Created)
Hide Section - GENERAL INFORMATION

GENERAL INFORMATION

Committee NameMedal of Valor Review BoardAgency NameDepartment of Justice
Fiscal Year2020Committee Number13813
Original Establishment Date5/30/2001Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URLhttp://www.bja.gov/programs/medalofvalor
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*Yes
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*11
Current Charter Date6/5/2019Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Policy Advisor
Date Of Renewal Charter6/5/2021Designated Federal Officer PrefixMr.
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Gregory
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle NameV
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Joy
Establishment Authority*Statutory (Congress Created)Designated Federal Officer SuffixM.S.
Specific Establishment Authority*The Public Safety Act of 2001, P.L. 107-12; 115 Stat. 20 (May 20, 2001)Designated Federal Officer Phone*(202) 514-1369
Effective Date Of Authority*5/30/2001Designated Federal Officer Fax*202-514-8723
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary CmteNot ApplicableDesignated Federal Officer Email*gregory.joy@usdoj.gov
Committee Type*Continuing
Presidential*No
Committee Function*Other Committee
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RECOMMENDATION/JUSTIFICATIONS

Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNot Applicable
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*Following the establishment of the Medal of Valor (MOV) program and after consultation with the Institute of Heraldry, the Department of Justice, and others, as described in the Act, the Review Board made recommendations concerning the design of the MOV Decoration Set.
Annually, the Review Board considers eligible nominations submitted via the MOV online nomination system, and is allowed to make a limited number of recommendations for the MOV. Not more often than once a year, the Board shall make its recommendations, which undergo a period of vetting before being presented to the Attorney General for approval.
How is membership balanced?*As established under the MOV Act, the members of the Review Board shall be individuals with knowledge or expertise, whether by experience or training, in the field of public safety, of which—(A) two shall be appointed by the majority leader of the Senate; (B) two shall be appointed by the minority leader of the Senate; (C) two shall be appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives; (D) two shall be appointed by the minority leader of the House of Representatives; and (E) three shall be appointed by the President, including one with experience in firefighting, one with experience in law enforcement, and one with experience in emergency services.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*At a minimum, the Board meets twice annually. These meetings focus on items such as: its discussions and deliberations leading to its annual recommendations for the Medal of Valor; any operational issues; public outreach; and communications. Additional meeting(s) may occur annually when the Board attends one or more scheduled MOV ceremonies.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*This committee is essential because Congress established it to be the sole entity responsible for considering MOV nominations and annually making a limited number of recommendations to the Attorney General who formally cites/approves all MOV recipients.
Why close or partially close meetings?N/A
Recommendation RemarksThe Medal of Valor Review Board annual makes its recommendations for the MOV, which following a period of vetting, are forwarded to the Attorney General (AG) for approval. The AG receives the Board's recommendations and considers the vetting information before approving recipients to receive the MOV. The AG is the sole authority to approve recipients to receive the MOV
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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 DeliveryNoAction OtherYes
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionYesAction CommentFollowing the Review Board making its annual recommendations for the MOV, the DFO will engage DOJ components to “vet” (e.g. conduct limited FBI name checks, DOJ Civil Rights Division checks, and internet/social media checks) the recommended nominees prior to submitting the Board's recommendations to the Attorney General. The DFO continually reviews and has placed before the Review Board, proposed amendments to their Bylaws governing the Review Board's operations. Additionally, the DFO will as needed seek clarification from the OJP’s Office of General Counsel to address issues concerning the eligibility of specific nomination(s), and will seek clarification on any legal issues effecting the MOV program. The DFO also collaborates with OJP/BJA leadership concerning program issues and/or policy questions, and as appropriate will engage the Review Board in discussions about such matters.
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsNoGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherYesNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentThe Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor Decoration Sets are awarded by the President or the Vice President, to public safety officers who have exhibited exceptional courage, extraordinary decisiveness and presence of mind, and unusual swiftness of action, regardless of their own personal safety, in the attempt to protect or save human life.Number Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*NoneDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentN/AGrants Review CommentThis is not a grant program. The Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor Review Board receives and reviews nominations that detail acts of valor performed by public safety officers. The Review Board is charged with the responsibility of considering MOV nominations and on an annual basis, making a limited number of recommendations for nominees to receive the MOV. The Board's recommendations are vetted, and then submitted to the Attorney General who approves MOV recipients.
Number Of Recommendations*188Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentAs of September 23, 2020, there have been 188 recommendations from the MOV Review Board (Board). They include: (1) original recommendation on the MOV Decoration Set (includes the pendant with neck drape, ribbon and Lapel Button/Pin); (1) original recommendation on the nomination processes; (154) recommended MOV recipients (consolidated into the Review Board’s annual recommendations) that have been approved by the Attorney General; (1) recommendation in 2009 to adopt Bylaws; (2) recommendations addressing revisions to those Bylaws (the most recently during the Sept. 20, 2017 Board Meeting); an additional (15) recommended recipients for MOV following the September 23, 2019, Review Board Meeting that are pending the approval of the Attorney General; and an additional (14) recommended recipients following the September 23, 2020 MOV Review Board meeting, that are currently undergoing vetting before being submitted to the Attorney General for approval.

Note: The Attorney General under the extraordinary cases provision within the MOV Act, awarded the MOV to 5 recipients in July 2017, and to another 6 recipients in September 2019. As such these MOV Recipients did not come from recommendations provided by the Review Board. There has also been a total of (20) Review Board meetings that that led to the formal recommendations of nominees to receive the MOV. This along with the other information on this page is a cumulative reference to the work performed by the committee since its inception, and is not intended to reflect only those actions that took place during the current FY. This is consistent with how this information has been complied for all previous annual reports.
Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*99.50%Access Committee WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentThe vast majority of Board recommendations have been fully implemented/accepted.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*0.50%Access PublicationsYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentDuring the period of the Board's operation, there was 1 nominee recommended by the Board that was subsequently withdrawn upon the request of the nominee’s agency. In addition, there was 1 additional recommended nominee that was ultimately not approved by the Attorney General. The Attorney General has approved all the Board’s remaining recommendations.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentN/A
Agency Feedback Comment*The DFO acting on behalf of DOJ, provides ongoing feedback in a number of ways. The DFO regularly communicates with the Board via phone calls, emails (no in-person meetings during the current FY) and virtual meetings, in order to provide information relating to tasks, recommendations and administrative, operational and/or other issues of importance. In addition, DOJ leadership may provide feedback when seeking additional clarifications concerning the vetting information that is included with the Review Board's recommendations for MOV recipients. Finally, the Attorney General provides feedback by approving/denying the Review Board's annual recommendations.Narrative Description*The Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor (MOV) is the highest national award for valor by public safety officers, is awarded by the President or the Vice President to public safety officers who have performed above and beyond the call of duty by exhibiting exceptional courage, regardless of personal safety, in attempts to protect and save human life. Within DOJ’s 2018-2022 Strategic Plan, “Reduce Violent Crime and Promote Public Safety” is identified as one of the four strategic goals. The MOV Program serves to promote public safety by recognizing exceptional actions of valor performed by public safety officers. Further, the involvement of the President or Vice President in presenting the MOV in the name of Congress, provides a platform by which the nation can recognize and honor these exceptional public safety officers. In addition, BJA administers the MOV Program. Under BJA’s focus on policies and support programs, is the goal of supporting law enforcement and prosecution. As such, BJA’s administration of the MOV program is a very visible way to support public safety, which includes support for law enforcement across this nation.
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COSTS

Payments to Non-Federal Members*$3,928.32Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$4,100.00
Payments to Federal Members*$0.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$0.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$0.00
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$7,088.00
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*$56,000.00
Other Costs$10,000.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$31,425.00
Total Costs$13,928.32Est. Total Next FY*$98,613.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*39,038.51Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*43,000.00
Cost RemarksSignificant cost savings were experienced in FY20, due to the absence of any MOV ceremonies being held (no Non-Federal or Consultant Travel), and the MOV Review Board meeting to consider the 2019-2020 nominations being held virtually.Est Cost RemarksThe projected cost assumes that a single MOV joint presentation ceremony for the 3 pending recipient classes will be held in FY21. If separate ceremonies are held in FY21, then the cost could increase by an estimated $40,000. Additional cost savings is also projected due to the FY21 MOV Review Board meeting to consider nominations, will be held virtually (no Non-Federal Travel costs).
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Interest Areas

Category
Area
Federal Employment
Federal Employees and Personnel
Government
Federal Government
State Government
Tribal Government
Health
Safety
Justice
Justice
Law Enforcement
National Defense
National Security and Defense
Overseas Security Issues
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CHARTERS AND RELATED DOCS

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DATA FROM PREVIOUS YEARS

Committee

Data from Previous Years

 
ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-035491Medal of Valor Review Board2019
 COM-034112Medal of Valor Review Board2018
 COM-001564Medal of Valor Review Board2017
 COM-002832Medal of Valor Review Board2016
 COM-003666Medal of Valor Review Board2015
 COM-005001Medal of Valor Review Board2014
 COM-005679Medal of Valor Review Board2013
 COM-006969Medal of Valor Review Board2012
 COM-007801Medal of Valor Review Board2011
 COM-009126Medal of Valor Review Board2010
 COM-010029Medal of Valor Review Board2009
 COM-011159Medal of Valor Review Board2008
 COM-011738Medal of Valor Review Board2007
 COM-012894Medal of Valor Review Board2006
 COM-013605Medal of Valor Review Board2005
 COM-014743Medal of Valor Review Board2004
 COM-015752Medal of Valor Review Board2003
 COM-016752Medal of Valor Review Board2002