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VA - 34 - Advisory Committee on Structural Safety of Department of Veterans Affairs Facilities - Statutory (Congress Created)
Hide Section - GENERAL INFORMATION

GENERAL INFORMATION

Committee NameAdvisory Committee on Structural Safety of Department of Veterans Affairs FacilitiesAgency NameDepartment of Veterans Affairs
Fiscal Year2020Committee Number34
Original Establishment Date8/2/1973Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URL 
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*Approximately 5
Current Charter Date3/13/2019Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Designated Federal Officer
Date Of Renewal Charter3/13/2021Designated Federal Officer Prefix
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Donald
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle NameL.
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Myers
Establishment Authority*Statutory (Congress Created)Designated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*38 U.S.C. 8105(b)Designated Federal Officer Phone*(202) 632-5388
Effective Date Of Authority*8/2/1973Designated Federal Officer Fax*
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary CmteNot ApplicableDesignated Federal Officer Email*donald.myers@va.gov
Committee Type*Continuing
Presidential*No
Committee Function*Scientific Technical Program Advisory Board
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RECOMMENDATION/JUSTIFICATIONS

Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNo
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The Committee discusses various current issues, for example: a) updates to VA Handbook H-18-8 Seismic Design Requirements; b) utilization of FEMA P-58 tools to assess the effect of H-18-8 provisions on the performance of its structures and its ability to provide useful data for performance quantification for structures; c) seismic screening and ranking of VA's Ancillary buildings at highest risk; d) fire protection of columns in interstitial spaces; f) developing a risk assessment tool to prioritize facilities for façade inspections based on location, height, population, and materials; and g) a Committee member briefing on planned future building code changes to US mapped seismic ground motions used to design buildings and other structures. The Committee continues to serve VA in a highly professional manner by assisting VA's Office of Construction & Facilities Management (CFM) in all matters of structural safety for the development of construction standards that make VA buildings safe, in particular from natural hazards, e.g. earthquakes, severe storms, fire, etc. Since it's inception, the Committee has made significant contributions to the updating of VA Handbook Seismic Design Requirements H-18-8, which is periodically revised under the guidance of the Committee. These activities enable the Committee to advise the Secretary on manners to improve healthcare delivery by allowing VA to modernize assets and infrastructure by striving to ensure the construction of safe and operational VA facilities after hazardous events (aligns to VA Strategic Goal 2 by ensuring Veterans' timely care and support after natural disasters).
How is membership balanced?*Membership is comprised of a practicing structural engineer and one research structural engineer who are experts in structural resistance to earthquake, and other natural disasters; a geotechnical engineer; a healthcare architect with expertise in fire-safety; a fire protection engineer; and such other individuals the Secretary deems advisable. When new members are sought, membership solicitations are made open to the public in the Federal Register and professional organizations. Ex-officio members include the Executive Director, Office of Construction & Facilities Management (CFM) and Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Deputy to the Assistant Deputy Under Secretary for Health for Administrative Operations.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The Committee meets as necessary to perform its functions, but not less than once a year. Its services will be necessary during the duration of VA's programs to build, remodel, or inspect facilities over which VA has direct jurisdiction or for which it contracts. In FY 2020, the Committee held one virtual meeting on September 10, 2020.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The current Committee is composed of a panel of experts, in the fields of structural engineering, seismic risk, geotechnical engineering, architecture, and fire safety. The Office of Construction & Facilities Management (CFM) strives to obtain world class experts from industry and academia to provide expert advice on such important matters that affect the VA construction program and safety of existing facilities in the event of natural and manmade disasters, such as earthquakes and fires. The Advisory Committee is unique as it reports to the Secretary, providing expert, objective advice to CFM, that otherwise could not be procured through standard acquisition methods.
Why close or partially close meetings?The committee meetings are open to the public.
Recommendation RemarksThe Committee reinforces VA's credibility, when dealing with outside parties, such as the Joint Committee on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations, etc.
Hide Section - PERFORMANCE MEASURES

PERFORMANCE MEASURES

Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*YesAction Reorganize Priorities*Yes
Outcome Trust In GovernmentYesAction Reallocate ResourcesNo
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 RequirementsYesGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentThe Committee provides structural safety advice to the Office of Construction & Facilities Management in the area of new construction and in mitigating risks to existing structures from earthquake, fire, and other natural disasters.Number Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentNAGrants Review CommentNA
Number Of Recommendations*114Access 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*95.60%Access Committee WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented Comment109 out of 114 recommendations have been implemented.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*4.40%Access PublicationsYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented Comment5 out of 114 recommendations are in progress.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentNo comment.
Agency Feedback Comment*Agency officials brief the Committee on actions taken to implement previous recommendations.Narrative Description*The Committee provides advice to the Secretary, Department of Veterans Affairs on matters of structural safety in the construction and remodeling of VA facilities against natural and man made disasters.
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COSTS

Payments to Non-Federal Members*$1,500.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$4,500.00
Payments to Federal Members*$420.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$420.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$31,000.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$32,000.00
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*$7,000.00
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*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$0.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Other Costs$0.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$4,000.00
Total Costs$32,920.00Est. Total Next FY*$47,920.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.20Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.20
Cost RemarksDue to COVID-19 pandemic and restricted travel this FY, the September 2020 meetings was held virtually.Est Cost RemarksEstimated costs are based on travel estimates.
Hide Section - Interest Areas

Interest Areas

Category
Area
Applied Science
Engineering
Health
Hospitals
Safety
Veterans
Veterans and Veterans' Medical Care
Hide Section - MEMBERS,MEETINGS AND ADVISORY REPORTS

MEMBERS,MEETINGS AND ADVISORY REPORTS

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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-035962Advisory Committee on Structural Safety of Department of Veterans Affairs Facilities2019
 COM-033606Advisory Committee on Structural Safety of Department of Veterans Affairs Facilities2018
 COM-001238Advisory Committee on Structural Safety of Department of Veterans Affairs Facilities2017
 COM-002442Advisory Committee on Structural Safety of Department of Veterans Affairs Facilities2016
 COM-003380Advisory Committee on Structural Safety of Department of Veterans Affairs Facilities2015
 COM-005154Advisory Committee on Structural Safety of Department of Veterans Affairs Facilities2014
 COM-005465Advisory Committee on Structural Safety of Department of Veterans Affairs Facilities2013
 COM-006625Advisory Committee on Structural Safety of Department of Veterans Affairs Facilities2012
 COM-007464Advisory Committee on Structural Safety of Department of Veterans Affairs Facilities2011
 COM-008599Advisory Committee on Structural Safety of Department of Veterans Affairs Facilities2010
 COM-009691Advisory Committee on Structural Safety of Department of Veterans Affairs Facilities2009
 COM-011368Advisory Committee on Structural Safety of Department of Veterans Affairs Facilities2008
 COM-011535Advisory Committee on Structural Safety of Department of Veterans Affairs Facilities2007
 COM-012484Advisory Committee on Structural Safety of Department of Veterans Affairs Facilities2006
 COM-013412Advisory Committee on Structural Safety of Department of Veterans Affairs Facilities2005
 COM-015146Advisory Committee on Structural Safety of Department of Veterans Affairs Facilities2004
 COM-016061Advisory Committee on Structural Safety of Department of Veterans Affairs Facilities2003
 COM-017081Advisory Committee on Structural Safety of Department of Veterans Affairs Facilities2002
 COM-017301Advisory Committee on Structural Safety of Department of Veterans Affairs Facilities2001
 COM-018328Advisory Committee on Structural Safety of Department of Veterans Affairs Facilities2000
 COM-020007Advisory Committee on Structural Safety of Department of Veterans Affairs Facilities1999
 COM-020908Advisory Committee on Structural Safety of Department of Veterans Affairs Facilities1998
 COM-021136Advisory Committee on Structural Safety of Department of Veterans Affairs Facilities1997