Skip to main content
Content Starts Here GSA Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) Database Skip to main content

Committee Detail

Note: An Annual Comprehensive Review, as required by §7 of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, is conducted each year on committee data entered for the previous fiscal year (referred to as the reporting year). The data for the reporting year is not considered verified until this review is complete and the data is moved to history for an agency/department. See the Data From Previous Years section at the bottom of this page for the committee’s historical, verified data.


VA - 33 - Advisory Committee on Prosthetics and Special-Disabilities Programs - Statutory (Congress Created)
Hide Section - GENERAL INFORMATION

GENERAL INFORMATION

Committee NameAdvisory Committee on Prosthetics and Special-Disabilities ProgramsAgency NameDepartment of Veterans Affairs
Fiscal Year2020Committee Number33
Original Establishment Date10/9/1992Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URL 
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*12
Current Charter Date5/24/2018Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Designated Federal Officer
Date Of Renewal Charter5/26/2022Designated Federal Officer PrefixDr.
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Judy
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle NameD'Amico
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Schafer
Establishment Authority*Statutory (Congress Created)Designated Federal Officer SuffixPhD
Specific Establishment Authority*38 U.S.C. 543Designated Federal Officer Phone*(202) 461-7315 ; 202 809-7771
Effective Date Of Authority*10/9/1992Designated Federal Officer Fax*(202) 495-5473
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary CmteNot ApplicableDesignated Federal Officer Email*judy.schafer@va.gov
Committee Type*Continuing
Presidential*No
Committee Function*Non Scientific Program Advisory Board
Hide Section - RECOMMENDATION/JUSTIFICATIONS

RECOMMENDATION/JUSTIFICATIONS

Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNo
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The Federal Advisory Committee for Prosthetics and Special Disabilities Programs met objectives for VA Priorities in FY 2020. The Committee provided advice to the Secretary on prosthetics and special disabilities programs which are defined as any program administered by the Secretary to serve Veterans with spinal cord injury, blindness or visual impairment, loss of or loss of use of extremities, deafness or hearing impairment, or other serious incapacities in terms of daily life functions. The interaction of the Committee with various VA programs for the severely disabled Veteran population and their recommendations to these programs supported VA initiatives to improve the quantity and quality of services provided to these Veterans while meeting the Department’s Strategic Goals, to include:

Goal 1 - Veterans choose VA for easy access, greater choices, and clear information to make informed decisions: National implementation of Patient Self-Referral Direct Scheduling for Amputation Specialty Clinics and National Online Scheduling will be completed at all facilities; with expansion of virtual Amputation Specialty Clinic services. Clinical Video Telehealth from VA to Home in Audiology provided hearing aid remote fitting, tinnitus and audiologic individual and group rehabilitation. Number of encounters increased from 265 in FY19 to 29423 in FY 20 Q3. Speech Pathology increased Clinical Video Telehealth from VA to Home services for individual and group treatments for swallowing, speech and language disorders from 7654 encounters in FY19 to 45423 in FY 20 Q3.

Goal 2 – Veterans receive timely and integrated care and support that emphasizes their well-being and independence throughout their life journey: In FY2020, VHA implemented the inclusion of the S.A.V.E. program and Suicide Prevention training into Amputation System of Care virtual and face-to-face training events. Spinal Cord Injury & Disorders (SCI/D) Long Term Care (LTC) Provided at SCI/D LTC Centers; VA Community Living Centers (CLCs); and Community nursing homes. SCI/D Registry and Outcomes Modernization developed a nationally standardized, automated registry for SCI/D, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS); Operational reports on demographics, inpatient status, annual evaluations, telehealth utilization, population health factors. VA Adaptive Sports and Special Events Program provides almost $15,000,000 for 126 Grants which engage Veterans in adaptive sports and therapeutic arts and integrate these modalities into their rehabilitation plan of care.

Goal 3 – Veterans trust VA to be consistently accountable and transparent. The new Electronic Health Record (EHR) that will ensure integrity of Veteran’s medical records and integration with their military health records, all required workflows for Rehabilitation and Prosthetic Service acute therapies have been developed and submitted for the new EHR. All rehabilitation specialties developed and validated evaluation and treatment documentation forms in support of initial operating capability. VHA has developed reporting capability functions, registries and outcomes data for Orthotics and Prosthetics and rehabilitation services to include: BR 5.0 (Wave 4); Flow3 (Columbus); TBI registry; amputation predictor tool (Walla Walla); Spinal Cord Injury and Disorders registry.

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: Specific functions within the Electronic Health Record (Cerner) are being developed for the interdisciplinary management of patients, to include interdisciplinary team meetings; simultaneous and sequential scheduling; inpatient scheduling for providers (similar to outlook calendar view); enterprise wide templates with embedded; integrated outcome measures; and improved and prosthetics and durable medical equipment ordering. VHA Modernization Plan included an employee-focused, communications and change management document written in clear and plain language. As of October 2019, 34,000+ VHA employees completed high-reliability organization training HRO 101 in Talent Management System and all VISNs completed initial Clinical Team Training.
How is membership balanced?*The Committee is comprised of 12 members made up of experts from the rehabilitation, research, management administration and audiological fields including Veteran consumers. The majority of the Committee’s diverse membership will be designated as Special Government Employees with a variety of backgrounds and knowledge sufficient to provide adequate advice and guidance to the Secretary. VA will strive to develop a Committee membership that represents members with diverse professional and personal qualifications: experience in military service, military deployments, working with Veterans, subject matter expertise, and working in large and complex organizations. The Committee shall represent, to the extent possible, Veterans or diverse eras and branches of service, as well as diversity in race/ethnicity, gender, religion, disability, and geographical background.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The Committee meets twice a year. Title 38 U.S.C. Section 543 requires the Secretary to regularly consult with and seek the advice of the Committee. The Committee receives update briefings from key program officials on issues and recommendations addressed in past meetings. However, the Committee met twice this year.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The Committee conducts a comprehensive review of prosthetics and special disabilities programs administered by the Department. All Committee recommendations and responses support the Department's strategic goals. The Committee's work is appreciated and provides great value to the Department. Its work is vital to improving the quality of care for Veterans with spinal cord injuries, blindness or visual impairment, loss of or loss of use of extremities, deafness or hearing impairment or other serious incapacities.
Why close or partially close meetings?All meetings are open to the public. Sessions are open to the public except when the Committee is conducting tours of VA facilities, and participating in off-site events. Tours of VA facilities are closed to protect Veterans’ privacy and personal information, in accordance with 5 U.S.C. Sec. 552b(c)(6).
Recommendation RemarksNo comments.
Hide Section - PERFORMANCE MEASURES

PERFORMANCE MEASURES

Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*YesAction Reorganize Priorities*Yes
Outcome Trust In GovernmentYesAction Reallocate ResourcesYes
Outcome Major Policy ChangesNoAction Issued New RegulationsNo
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchYesAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryYesAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionYesAction CommentNA
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsNoGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentNANumber Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentUnable to determine cost savings associated with this Committee.Grants Review CommentNA
Number Of Recommendations*191Access 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*80.00%Access Committee WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentSome recommendations requires long term planning in order to implement. Committee receives updates regarding implementation of each recommendation.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*20.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentSome recommendations requires long term planning in order to implement. Committee receives updates regarding implementation of each recommendation.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentN/A
Agency Feedback Comment*The Department provides a written response to each recommendation.Narrative Description*The Committee represents the interests of Veterans with spinal cord injury, blindness or visual impairment, loss of or loss of use of extremities, deafness or hearing impairment, or other serious incapacities in terms of daily life functions.
Hide Section - COSTS

COSTS

Payments to Non-Federal Members*$800.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$3,000.00
Payments to Federal Members*$0.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$53,020.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$63,000.00
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$7,248.68Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$16,000.00
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*$6,000.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$0.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Other Costs$4,978.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$5,500.00
Total Costs$66,046.68Est. Total Next FY*$93,500.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.30Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.30
Cost RemarksOverall cost went down due to COVID-19 travel restrictions.Est Cost RemarksIncrease in cost is projected on future travel and/or resuming cost associated with meetings/committee plans.
Hide Section - Interest Areas

Interest Areas

Category
Area
Food and Drugs
Medical Devices
Health
Health Care
Hospitals
Medical Education
Medical Practitioners
Physical Fitness
Safety
Treatment
Aging
Medicine
Diseases
Health and Health Research
Illnesses
Medicine and Dentistry
Rehabilitation
Rehabilitation and Disability
Veterans
Veterans and Veterans' Medical Care
Hide Section - MEMBERS,MEETINGS AND ADVISORY REPORTS

MEMBERS,MEETINGS AND ADVISORY REPORTS

To View all the members, meetings and advisory reports for this committee please click here
Hide Section - SUBCOMMITTEES

SUBCOMMITTEES

Committee

Subcommittees

ActionCommittee System IDSubcommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-036882Neurology Centers Advisory Subcommittees2020
Hide Section - CHARTERS AND RELATED DOCS

CHARTERS AND RELATED DOCS

No Documents Found
Hide Section - DATA FROM PREVIOUS YEARS

DATA FROM PREVIOUS YEARS

Committee

Data from Previous Years

 
ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-035954Advisory Committee on Prosthetics and Special-Disabilities Programs2019
 COM-033604Advisory Committee on Prosthetics and Special-Disabilities Programs2018
 COM-001832Advisory Committee on Prosthetics and Special-Disabilities Programs2017
 COM-002154Advisory Committee on Prosthetics and Special-Disabilities Programs2016
 COM-003215Advisory Committee on Prosthetics and Special-Disabilities Programs2015
 COM-005316Advisory Committee on Prosthetics and Special-Disabilities Programs2014
 COM-006086Advisory Committee on Prosthetics and Special-Disabilities Programs2013
 COM-006674Advisory Committee on Prosthetics and Special-Disabilities Programs2012
 COM-007466Advisory Committee on Prosthetics and Special-Disabilities Programs2011
 COM-009465Advisory Committee on Prosthetics and Special-Disabilities Programs2010
 COM-009693Advisory Committee on Prosthetics and Special-Disabilities Programs2009
 COM-010815Advisory Committee on Prosthetics and Special-Disabilities Programs2008
 COM-011537Advisory Committee on Prosthetics and Special-Disabilities Programs2007
 COM-012503Advisory Committee on Prosthetics and Special-Disabilities Programs2006
 COM-013406Advisory Committee on Prosthetics and Special-Disabilities Programs2005
 COM-015145Advisory Committee on Prosthetics and Special-Disabilities Programs2004
 COM-016215Advisory Committee on Prosthetics and Special-Disabilities Programs2003
 COM-016306Advisory Committee on Prosthetics and Special-Disabilities Programs2002
 COM-017300Advisory Committee on Prosthetics and Special-Disabilities Programs2001
 COM-018273Advisory Committee on Prosthetics and Special-Disabilities Programs2000
 COM-019252Advisory Committee on Prosthetics and Special-Disabilities Programs1999
 COM-020910Advisory Committee on Prosthetics and Special-Disabilities Programs1998
 COM-021132Advisory Committee on Prosthetics and Special-Disabilities Programs1997