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VA - 64 - Geriatrics and Gerontology Advisory Committee - Statutory (Congress Created)


Committee NameGeriatrics and Gerontology Advisory CommitteeAgency NameDepartment of Veterans Affairs
Fiscal Year2020Committee Number64
Original Establishment Date8/20/1980Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URL 
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*12
Current Charter Date7/16/2018Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Designated Federal Officer
Date Of Renewal Charter7/9/2020Designated Federal Officer PrefixDr.
Projected Termination Date7/9/2022Designated Federal Officer First Name*Marianne
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Shaughnessy
Establishment Authority*Statutory (Congress Created)Designated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*38 U.S.C. 7315Designated Federal Officer Phone*(202) 461-7217
Effective Date Of Authority*8/20/1980Designated Federal Officer Fax*
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary CmteNot ApplicableDesignated Federal Officer Email* 
Committee Type*Continuing
Committee Function*Scientific Technical Program Advisory Board


Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNo
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted the schedule for the GGAC Spring meeting. Due to fast changing information early in the pandemic and the disproportionate impact on older adults, many GGAC members were summoned to other duties and could not attend the scheduled Spring meeting, which was subsequently cancelled by the Chair. GGAC members remained in contact with the Office of Geriatrics and Extended Care (GEC) sharing information from the public sector and requesting information on VA strategies to reach out to older Veterans in the community. The Spring meeting was held virtually according to guidance provided by the VA Advisory Committee Management Office during a half-day session on September 25, 2020. The meeting was advertised in the Federal Register and open to the public. Topics presented included the GEC responses to COVID-19, GEC Strategic Plan and a report from the VA Office of Health Equity. Minutes reflect five recommendations to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs.
All scheduled GRECC/GEC site visits were postponed due to VA travel restrictions and will be rescheduled in FY21 as conditions allow.
VA Strategic Goals: Goal 1: Veterans choose VA for easy access, greater choices, and clear information to
make informed decisions; Goal 2: Veterans receive timely and integrated care and
support that emphasizes their well-being and independence throughout their life journey; Goal 3: Veterans trust VA to be consistently accountable and transparent; Goal 4:
VA will modernize systems and focus resources more efficiently to be competitive and to
provide World Class capabilities to Veterans and its employees.
How is membership balanced?*The Committee is composed of non-federal members represented by leading medical and allied health experts in the fields of geriatric medicine, psychiatry, psychology, dentistry, nursing, social work, pharmacy and education from the non-Federal public and private sectors. Representatives of stakeholder groups (e.g., Veterans services organizations) have membership on the Committee as well. Efforts are made to ensure the membership has suitable diversity through balanced representation by gender, ethnicity, discipline and academic/non-academic status. Occupants of key positions in government agencies that are concerned with aging and health resources serve as ex-officio members.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The Committee generally meets twice a year and has substantive discussions with VA officials concerning development of VA physician and other health professional geriatric leadership, geriatric/gerontogical research and geriatric fellowships; reviews proposed legislation and existing and proposed VA- and non-VA programs impacting VA's geriatric and long term care services; and reviews GRECC performance measures.
FY20 was an exception to this rule, as the Spring meeting was cancelled by the Chair due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The Committee represents a unique blend of non-VA academic, clinical, health policy, and research expertise combined with legislatively astute stakeholder/customer perspectives that would not be available through any other means. External review of VA geriatric programs by non-VA experts provides objectivity and broadens VA perspectives.
Why close or partially close meetings?The meetings are open to the public.
Recommendation RemarksPlease note the budget estimate for FY2021 is significantly higher than the amount spent in FY 20 due to the assumed resumption of face to face meetings and postponement of FY20 site visits, which will be accomplished in FY21 as travel conditions allow.


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*YesAction Reorganize Priorities*Yes
Outcome Trust In GovernmentNoAction 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 OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionNoAction CommentNot Applicable
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsNoGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentAs a result of its oversight of GRECCs, the Committee plays a key role in fostering advances in scientific research [GRECCs have published thousands of articles in the scientific literature] and in improved delivery of service [one of the three missions of GRECCs is to develop and disseminate clinical innovations in care of the elderly].Number Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentNAGrants Review CommentNA
Number Of Recommendations*57Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentThis is a total of recommendations for FY 2003 through FY 2020.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*57.00%Access Committee WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentNAAccess GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*30.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentNAAccess OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentN/A
Agency Feedback Comment*The Committee usually meets twice annually and is usually addressed by the Under Secretary for Health or his representative. Feedback is always a key component of the presentation.Narrative Description*The Committee supports the agency's mission by monitoring (through Performance Measures and site visits) the activity of the Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Centers (GRECCs); by regularly reviewing the GRECCs on-site to ensure the quality of their activities and/or develop recommendations intended to restore quality; and by keeping the Under Secretary for Health and the Secretary informed of new developments in geriatrics and gerontology of which the Veterans Health Administration should be aware.
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Payments to Non-Federal Members*$2,450.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$20,800.00
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*$1,835.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$60,072.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$2,378.00Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$23,006.00
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$6,663.00Est. Total Next FY*$103,878.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*1.00Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*1.00
Cost RemarksExpenditures were far less than predicted due to the cancellation of travel (postponement of site visits and the cancellation of the Spring face to face GGAC meeting). The Fall face to face meeting was held virtually.Est Cost RemarksEstimates are based on the planned lifting of VA travel restrictions in FY21 to complete the site visits postponed in FY 20 and those regularly scheduled for FY21, in addition to the resumption of face to face meetings.
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Interest Areas

Health Care
Health and Health Research
Veterans and Veterans' Medical Care


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ActionCommittee System IDSubcommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-035047GRECC Ann Arbor Subcommittee2020
 COM-035048GRECC Baltimore Subcommittee2020
 COM-035049GRECC Birmingham/Atlanta Subcommittee2020
 COM-035050GRECC Bronx Subcommittee2020
 COM-035051GRECC Cleveland Subcommittee2020
 COM-035052GRECC Durham Subcommittee2020
 COM-035053GRECC Eastern Colorado Subcommittee2020
 COM-035054GRECC Gainesville Subcommittee2020
 COM-035055GRECC Greater LA Subcommittee2020
 COM-035056GRECC Little Rock Subcommittee2020
 COM-035057GRECC Madison Subcommittee2020
 COM-035058GRECC Miami Subcommittee2020
 COM-035059GRECC Minneapolis Subcommittee2020
 COM-035060GRECC New England Subcommittee2020
 COM-035061GRECC Palo Alto Subcommittee2020
 COM-035062GRECC Pittsburgh Subcommittee2020
 COM-035063GRECC Puget Sound Subcommittee2020
 COM-035064GRECC Salt Lake City Subcommittee2020
 COM-035065GRECC San Antonio Subcommittee2020
 COM-035066GRECC Tennessee Valley Subcommittee2020


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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-035966Geriatrics and Gerontology Advisory Committee2019
 COM-033610Geriatrics and Gerontology Advisory Committee2018
 COM-001200Geriatrics and Gerontology Advisory Committee2017
 COM-002459Geriatrics and Gerontology Advisory Committee2016
 COM-003350Geriatrics and Gerontology Advisory Committee2015
 COM-005191Geriatrics and Gerontology Advisory Committee2014
 COM-005489Geriatrics and Gerontology Advisory Committee2013
 COM-006657Geriatrics and Gerontology Advisory Committee2012
 COM-008237Geriatrics and Gerontology Advisory Committee2011
 COM-008886Geriatrics and Gerontology Advisory Committee2010
 COM-009589Geriatrics and Gerontology Advisory Committee2009
 COM-010551Geriatrics and Gerontology Advisory Committee2008
 COM-011467Geriatrics and Gerontology Advisory Committee2007
 COM-012482Geriatrics and Gerontology Advisory Committee2006
 COM-013402Geriatrics and Gerontology Advisory Committee2005
 COM-015138Geriatrics and Gerontology Advisory Committee2004
 COM-016059Geriatrics and Gerontology Advisory Committee2003
 COM-017075Geriatrics and Gerontology Advisory Committee2002
 COM-017295Geriatrics and Gerontology Advisory Committee2001
 COM-019041Geriatrics and Gerontology Advisory Committee2000
 COM-020010Geriatrics and Gerontology Advisory Committee1999
 COM-020123Geriatrics and Gerontology Advisory Committee1998
 COM-021131Geriatrics and Gerontology Advisory Committee1997