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NASAA, VA Create Advisory Committee

January 8, 2015
VA Education Service Director Rob Worley, left, and NASAA President Joe Wescott look over the agreement to create a Joint Advisory Committee of VA and NASAA staff.
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The National Association of State Approving Agencies and VA have agreed to establish a new Joint Advisory Committee to address areas of mutual concern.   The agreement was signed during NASAA’s annual meeting in Albuquerque by NASAA President Joe Wescott and VA Education Service Director Rob Worley.

President Wescott said, “This agreement serves to underscore and move forward the level of cooperation enjoyed by our two agencies.  The benefits to each and, more importantly, to our veterans will be significant.” 

The stated purpose of the Joint Advisory Committee, or JAC, is to “provide a standing forum for the resolution of issues related to the mutual responsibilities of VA and the SAAs for the effective administration of the delivery of educational benefits to Veterans and their dependents.”   Guiding principles behind the agreement are continuing collaboration, compliance with statutes, respect for state sovereignty and federal authorities, and integrity, forthrightness, and transparency.

The JAC will work toward several specific objectives, including facilitating communication between VA Central Office and SAAs, streamlining processes, and weeding out non-value-add work, President Wescott said.

Co-chairs of the JAC are the NASAA president and the VA Education Service director.  There will be 12 members appointed by the co-chairs, six from NASAA and six from VA.  A Permanent Secretary will be appointed from VA Central Office staff.  That person will handle details of meetings and follow up activities.