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VA - 25101 - Construction Advisory Board - Agency Authority


Committee NameConstruction Advisory BoardAgency NameDepartment of Veterans Affairs
Fiscal Year2006Committee Number25101
Original Establishment Date4/28/2005Committee StatusTerminated
Actual Termination Date12/31/2005Committee URL 
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYYesMax Number of Members*10
Current Charter Date4/28/2005Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Designated Federal Officer
Date Of Renewal Charter Designated Federal Officer Prefix
Projected Termination Date12/31/2005Designated Federal Officer First Name*Doug
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Belling
Establishment Authority*Agency AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*Secretary decisionDesignated Federal Officer Phone*202-273-6675
Effective Date Of Authority*4/28/2005Designated Federal Officer Fax*
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary Cmte Designated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Type*Ad hoc
Committee Function*Non Scientific Program Advisory Board


Agency Recommendation*Terminate
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNo
Legislation Status 
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The Secretary established the Board in April 2005 to assist the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in improving the management of its facility construction process, by assessing the Department's current procedures on design approval, procurement and administration of construction contracts, quality assurance, construction project management, and disposition of excess VA facilities. The Chair of the Board divided up the areas of interest among three teams. The first team was charged with looking at organization and structure, a second was charged with evaluating programming of projects, design approval and planning, and the third team was assigned to investigate project execution, contract management and quality.
How is membership balanced?*Membership of the Board ensures that all affected disciplines are represented. Those disciplines and areas of professional expertise include procurement policy, architecture, construction management, design and function of major medical facilities, engineering, and contract dispute resolution.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The Committee held two meetings.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The Secretary determined that the Board was both in the public interest and essential to the conduct of VA business. Most of the Board's work focused on the construction and management of VA medical facilities which are essential to VA's mission of delivering health care to our nation's veterans. By implementing improved processes based upon the Board's recommendations, VA will be better equipped to deliver higher quality health care more efficiently in facilities that are tailored to the special needs of the patient population. The duties and functions of the Board cannot be duplicated within VA. The Board was composed of experts within the commercial construction and development industries, will provide a body of expertise and qualifications that VA does not now have. During its deliberations, the Board applied private sector best practices to VA's current processes and procedures.
Why close or partially close meetings?The Board discussed personnel issues in closed session to honor the privacy of any individual VA employees being affected by the Board's work.
Recommendation Remarks


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*YesAction Reorganize Priorities*No
Outcome Trust In GovernmentYesAction Reallocate ResourcesYes
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 DeliveryYesAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionYesAction CommentNone.
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsNoGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherYesNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentPlacing the construction program under a centrally managed office that has responsibility for VA's capital assets.Number Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentSince the recommendations involve the entire scope of the construction and facilities management program in the future, a cost estimate for savings is not possible at this time.Grants Review CommentNA
Number Of Recommendations*16Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentThe Board provided their final report November 2005 with a total of 16 recommendations.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*60.00%Access Committee WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentNAAccess GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*40.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentNAAccess OtherNo
Agency Feedback*NoAccess CommentN/A
Agency Feedback Comment*NANarrative Description*The Construction Advisory Board supports the mission of the Department of Veterans Affairs by ensuring that the construction program is well staffed, well positioned in the organization, and well managed by its executives. In order to better deliver world class health care, benefits, and memorial services, VA must improve its processes for investment and maintenance of infrastructure across the nation. The recommendations from the Construction Advisory Board to the Secretary will provide guidance on immediate and long term construction program needs.
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Payments to Non-Federal Members*$30,500.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Members*$0.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$5,000.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$0.00
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$2,500.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$0.00
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$1,000.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$0.00
Total Costs$39,000.00Est. Total Next FY*$0.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.10Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.00
Cost RemarksEst Cost Remarks
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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-013417Construction Advisory Board2005