|(a) The commission may establish advisory committees
in accordance with Texas Government Code, Chapter 2110. The following
shall apply to each advisory committee:
(1) Agency role. The executive director may direct
one or more staff members of the agency to assist each advisory committee.
These positions shall be non-voting.
(2) Committee size and appointment of members. Each
advisory committee shall be composed of nine members appointed by
the commission. Members of each committee serve at the pleasure of
the commission, and may be removed from a committee by a majority
vote of the commission.
(3) Committee chair. The chair of each advisory committee
is selected annually from among the committee's voting members. The
committee chair determines the agenda for each meeting.
(4) Conditions of membership.
(A) Terms of service. The term of office for each member
appointed by the commission shall be staggered for a four-year term.
In the event that a member appointed by the commission cannot complete
his or her term, or is removed by the commission, the commission shall
appoint a qualified replacement to serve the remainder of the term.
(B) Participation. Participation on an advisory committee
(C) Compensation. Advisory committee members appointed
by the commission shall serve without compensation.
(D) Reimbursement. The commission may, if authorized
by law and the executive director, reimburse a member of a committee
for reasonable and necessary expenses up to four times per calendar
year. Current rules and laws governing reimbursement of expenses for
state employees shall govern reimbursement of expenses for advisory
(5) Training. Each committee member shall receive initial
training to ensure compliance with the Open Meetings Act. Training
should also include an overview of the agency's mission and organizational
structure, the overall purpose or goals of the committee, as well
as other information that will assist members to accomplish committee
(6) Responsibilities. Each advisory committee will
review issues and provide advice to the commission, as charged by
(7) Meetings. Each advisory committee shall meet quarterly
unless otherwise directed by the commission. Advisory committee meetings
may be conducted by telephone conference. Each advisory committee
shall be subject to meeting at the call of the committee chair or
designee. A quorum shall consist of a majority of the committee membership.
The committees shall comply with Open Meetings Act requirements as
provided in Texas Government Code, Chapter 551.
(8) Reports. The committee chair or designee of each
advisory committee shall regularly report to the commission regarding
its activities and recommendations, and, when requested by the commission,
shall file with the commission a report containing:
(A) the minutes of meetings;
(B) a memo summarizing the meetings; and
(C) a list of the committee's recommendations, if any.
(9) Evaluation and duration. Each advisory committee
shall remain in existence as long as deemed necessary by the commission
based on a regular evaluation of the continuing need for each advisory
committee. The executive director or staff may assist with this evaluation
at the direction of the commission.
(10) Formation of subcommittees. Each advisory committee
shall notify the commission of any adopted subcommittees and their
purpose in its quarterly report.
(b) Veteran Services Advisory Committee.
(1) Purpose. The purpose of the Veteran Services Advisory
Committee (VSAC) is to develop recommendations to improve overall
services to veterans, their families, and survivors by the TVC. TVC
leadership will provide veteran service topics to the committee for
analysis and feedback.
(2) Committee member qualifications. The Committee
shall be comprised of veterans and/or non-veterans that are interested
in significantly improving the quality of life for all Texas veterans,
their families, and survivors.
(c) Fund for Veterans' Assistance Advisory Committee.
(1) Purpose. The purpose of the Fund for Veterans'
Assistance Advisory Committee is to evaluate grant applications and
make recommendations to the commission.
(2) Committee member qualifications.
(A) Committee members may include representatives from
veterans' organizations, non-profit or philanthropic organizations,
veterans or family members of veterans, and other individuals with
the experience and knowledge to assist the committee with achievement
of its purpose.
(B) Committee members may not include officers, directors
or employees of organization or entities that have an open Fund for
Veterans' Assistance grant during the member's tenure or that intend
to submit an application for a Fund for Veterans' Assistant grant.
(C) Committee members will be required to sign non-disclosure
and conflict of interest agreements before reviewing grant applications.
Committee members found in violation of the non-disclosure agreement
will be prohibited from evaluating grant applications and making recommendations
to the commission. Committee members found in violation of any agreement
may also be removed from the committee by the commission.
(3) Meetings. The Fund for Veterans' Assistance Advisory
Committee shall meet as needed to make grant recommendations to the
(d) Veterans County Service Officer Advisory Committee.
(1) Purpose. The purpose of the Veterans County Service
Officer Advisory Committee is to develop recommendations to improve
the support and training of Veterans County Service Officers and to
increase coordination between Veterans County Service Officers and
the Texas Veterans Commission related to the statewide network of
services being provided to veterans.
(2) Committee member qualifications. The majority of
members shall be current, former, or retired Veterans County Service
Officers, but may also include representatives from veterans' organizations
or other individuals with the experience and knowledge to assist the
committee with achievement of its purpose.
|Source Note: The provisions of this §452.2 adopted to be effective November 15, 2007, 32 TexReg 8168; amended to be effective December 12, 2011, 36 TexReg 8387; amended to be effective May 24, 2012, 37 TexReg 3737; amended to be effective May 30, 2013, 38 TexReg 3357; amended to be effective November 30, 2014, 39 TexReg 9267; amended to be effective June 3, 2018, 43 TexReg 3482; amended to be effective June 7, 2020, 45 TexReg 3640