The Advisory Committee on Arlington National Cemetery, established by Federal Advisory
Commission Charter in October 2010, provides independent advice and serves to protect
the interest of veterans and surviving family members as well as the public for
the operation and strategic planning for future development of Arlington National
Cemetery and the Soldier’s and Airmen’s Home National Cemetery as part of the Army
National Military Cemeteries. Receiving advice and recommendations from
a diverse range of experts will greatly improve the Executive Director and the Army’s
ability and effectiveness to operate and support these national cemeteries.
The Committee is composed of not more than nine members who are eminent authorities
in the fields of national defense, veterans’ affairs and surviving family member
The Committee members are appointed by the Secretary of Defense, and their appointments
will be renewed on an annual basis. Those members, who are not full-time or permanent
part-time federal officers or employees, shall be appointed as experts and consultants
under the authority of 5 U.S.C. § 3109 and shall serve as special government employees.
The Secretary of Defense, in consultation with the Secretary of the Army, shall
select the Committee co-chairs.
The Committee’s mission is to provide the Secretary of Defense, through the Secretary
of the Army, independent advice and recommendations on the Arlington National Cemetery,
including, but not limited to:
- Management and operational issues, including bereavement practices;
- Plans and strategies for addressing long-term governance challenges;
- Resource planning and allocation; and
- Any other matters relating to Arlington National Cemetery that the Committee's co-chairs,
in consultation with the Secretary of the Army, may decide to consider.
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Questions should be directed to the
Advisory Committee on Arlington National Cemetery
Program Designated Federal Officer