National Association of State Approving Agencies
National Association of State Approving Agencies
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2013 Annual Report

January 1, 2014

Executive Summary

NASAA is an organization comprised of the State Approving Agencies for GI Bill Education and Training Programs. State Approving Agencies were established by the Congress to work in partnership with the Department of Veteran Affairs to ensure that education and training programs funded under the GI Bills are of quality and represent value to veterans, their families and dependents and the US taxpayer.

This annual report summarizes the activities of the National Association of State Approving Agencies, Inc. in FY13. This year saw continuing progress with the Compliance Survey Redesign Working Group. This joint committee made up of select NASAA members and VA Staff works to make the compliance survey visits and subsequent reports a more efficient process. The pilot project for correcting some record discrepancies on the spot has showed great success and has been recommended for application nationally.

The relevant data section in this edition is revised to reflect the Core Functions of the State Approving Agencies. This data is taken from the cumulative numbers as reported by SAAs in their required quarterly reports to VA.

The "Looking Forward" Section describes the forthcoming responsibilities relative to President Obama's Executive Order 13607 "Principles of Excellence" which are desired for all educational facilities and programs participating with the GI Bill. Legislation proposed by NASAA incorporates several of these principles into the approval criteria.

The year 2014 marks the 70th anniversary of the historic signing of the first GI Bill by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on June 22, 1944. The legacy of that monumental achievement continues today as the GI Bill keeps its promise to those who elect to serve and potentially sacrifice everything up to and including their lives to maintain the freedoms Americans hold dear. The GI Bill is 70 years young and going strong.

Respectfully submitted, John H. Hose, NASAA Public Affairs Officer (MO)

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