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Federal Advisory Committee; Department of Defense Board of Actuaries; Charter Renewal

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AGENCY:

Department of Defense (DoD).

ACTION:

Renewal of Federal advisory committee.

SUMMARY:

Under the provisions of 10 U.S.C. 183, the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972, (5 U.S.C. Appendix), the Government in the Sunshine Act of 1976 (5 U.S.C. 552b, as amended), and 41 CFR 102-3.50, the Department of Defense gives notice that it is renewing the charter for the Department of Defense Board of Actuaries (hereafter referred to as the Board).

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Jim Freeman, Deputy Advisory Committee Management Officer for the Department of Defense, 703-601-6128.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

The Board is a non-discretionary Federal advisory committee that shall provide independent advice and recommendations on matters relating to the Department of Defense Military Retirement Fund, the Department of Defense Education Benefits Fund and Start Printed Page 22755other funds as the Secretary of Defense shall specify. The Board shall:

a. Review valuations of the Department of Defense Military Retirement Fund in accordance with 10 U.S.C. 1465(c) and submit to the President and Congress, not less than once every four years, a report on the status of the Fund including such recommendations for modifications to the funding or amortization of that Fund as the Board considers appropriate and necessary to maintain that Fund on a sound actuarial basis;

b. Review valuations of the Department of Defense Education Benefits Fund in accordance with 10 U.S.C. 2006(e) and make recommendations to the President and Congress on such modifications to the funding or amortization of that Fund as the Board considers appropriate to maintain that Fund on a sound actuarial basis;

c. Review valuations of such other funds as the Secretary of Defense shall specify for purposes of 10 U.S.C. 183 and make recommendations to the President and Congress on such modifications to the funding or amortization of such funds as the Board considers appropriate to maintain such funds on a sound actuarial basis; and

d. Furnish advice and opinions on matters referred to the Board by the Secretary of Defense.

The Secretary of Defense shall ensure that the Board has access to such records regarding the Department of Defense Military Retirement Fund, the Department of Defense Education Benefits Fund, and other funds specified by the Secretary of Defense for purposes of 10 U.S.C. 183 as the Board shall require to determine the actuarial status of such funds.

The Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness may act upon the Board's advice and recommendations.

The Board shall be comprised of not more than three members appointed by the Secretary of Defense from among qualified professional actuaries who are members of the Society of Actuaries. Board members shall be appointed by the Secretary of Defense, and their membership shall be renewed by the Secretary of Defense on an annual basis.

Each member of the Department of Defense Retirement Board of Actuaries or the Department of Defense Education Benefits Board of Actuaries, as of the date of enactment of section 906 of Public Law 110-181, shall serve as an initial member of the Department of Defense Board of Actuaries from that date until the date otherwise provided for the completion of such individual's term as a member of the Department of Defense Retirement Board of Actuaries or the Department of Defense Education Benefits Board of Actuaries, as the case may be, unless earlier removed by the Secretary of Defense.

Board members shall serve for a term of 15 years, except that a member of the Board appointed to fill a vacancy occurring before the end of the term for which the predecessor was appointed shall serve only until the end of such term. A member may serve after the end of the term until a successor has taken office. A member of the Board may be removed by the Secretary of Defense for misconduct or failure to perform functions vested in the Board, and for no other reason.

Board members shall not be re-appointed for successive terms. The Chairperson of the Board shall be designated by the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, on behalf of the Secretary of Defense, for a five-year term.

Board members appointed by the Secretary of Defense, who are not full-time or permanent part-time Federal officers or employees, shall serve as Special Government Employees under the authority of 5 U.S.C. 3109 and shall, under the authority of 10 U.S.C. 2006, serve with compensation, to include travel and per diem for official travel. Specifically, a member of the Board who is not an employee of the United States is entitled to receive pay at the daily equivalent of the annual rate of basic pay of the highest rate of basic pay then currently being paid under the General Schedule of subchapter III of chapter 53 of title 5, United States Code, for each day the member is engaged in the performance of the duties of the Board. In addition, each member shall receive compensation for per diem and travel for official Board travel.

The Department of Defense shall provide non-voting technical advisors to assist the Board in execution of its duties. The following individuals shall designate one DoD employee from each fund under the Board's purview (the Department of Defense Military Retirement Fund, the Department of Defense Education Benefits Fund, and other funds specified by the Secretary of Defense for purposes of 10 U.S.C. 183) to serve as a non-voting advisor to assist the Board:

a. The Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller)/Chief Financial Officer;

b. The Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Military Personnel Policy;

c. The Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs; and

d. The Department of Defense General Counsel.

In addition, the Department of Defense Chief Actuary will serve as a non-voting advisor and the Executive Secretary for the Board.

With DoD approval, the Board is authorized to establish subcommittees, as necessary and consistent with its mission. These subcommittees or working groups shall operate under the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972, the Government in the Sunshine Act of 1976 (5 U.S.C. 552b), and other appropriate Federal statutes and regulations.

Such subcommittees or workgroups shall not work independently of the chartered Board, and shall report all their recommendations and advice to the Board for full deliberation and discussion. Subcommittees or workgroups have no authority to make decisions on behalf of the chartered Committee; nor can they report directly to the Department of Defense or any Federal officers or employees who are not Board members.

Subcommittee members, who are not Board members, shall be appointed in the same manner as the Board members.

The Board shall meet at the call of the Board's Designated Federal Officer, in consultation with the Chairperson, and either the Secretary of Defense or the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness. The estimated number of Committee meetings is one per year.

The Designated Federal Officer, pursuant to DoD policy, shall be a full-time or permanent part-time DoD employee, and shall be appointed in accordance with established DoD policies and procedures. In addition, the Designated Federal Officer is required to be in attendance at all meetings; however, in the absence of the Designated Federal Officer, the Alternate Designated Federal Officer shall attend the meeting.

Pursuant to 41 CFR 102-3.105(j) and 102-3.140, the public or interested organizations may submit written statements to the Department of Defense Board of Actuaries' membership about the Board's mission and functions. Written statements may be submitted at any time or in response to the stated agenda of planned meeting of Department of Defense Board of Actuaries.

All written statements shall be submitted to the Designated Federal Officer for the Department of Defense Board of Actuaries, and this individual will ensure that the written statements are provided to the membership for their consideration. Contact information for the Department of Defense Board of Actuaries Designated Federal Officer Start Printed Page 22756can be obtained from the GSA's FACA Database—https://www.fido.gov/​facadatabase/​public.asp.

The Designated Federal Officer, pursuant to 41 CFR 102-3.150, will announce planned meetings of the Department of Defense Board of Actuaries. The Designated Federal Officer, at that time, may provide additional guidance on the submission of written statements that are in response to the stated agenda for the planned meeting in question.

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Dated: April 27, 2010.

Mitchell S. Bryman,

Alternate OSD Federal Register Liaison Officer, Department of Defense.

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[FR Doc. 2010-10124 Filed 4-29-10; 8:45 am]

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