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Advisory Committee on Arlington National Cemetery

Advisory Committee on Arlington National Cemetery Seal

The Advisory Committee on Arlington National Cemetery, established by Federal Advisory Committee 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 the future development of Arlington National Cemetery, as part of the Army National Cemeteries program. Receiving advice and recommendations from a diverse range of experts greatly improves the executive director's and the Army's ability to effectively 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 issues.

Committee members are appointed by the secretary of defense, and their appointments are renewed on an annual basis. Those members who are not full-time or permanent part-time federal officers or employees are appointed as experts and consultants under the authority of 5 U.S.C. § 3109 and serve as special government employees. The secretary of the Army appoints the Committee’s co-chairs from among the membership previously approved according to DoD policies and procedures.

The Committee's mission is to provide the secretary of defense, through the secretary of the Army, independent advice and recommendations with respect to the administration of Arlington National Cemetery, the erection of memorials at the cemetery and master planning for the cemetery.

Charter, Advisory Committee on Arlington National Cemetery Full Federal Advisory Commission Charter