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105 STAT. 218 PUBLIC LAW 102-40—MAY 7, 1991 Committee shall be appointed by the Secretary, upon the recommendation of the Chief Medical Director, and shall include individuals who are not employees of the Federal Government and who have demonstrated interest and expertise in research, education, and clinical activities related to aging and at least one representative of a national veterans service organization. The Secretary, upon the recommendation of the Chief Medical Director, shall invite representatives of other appropriate departments and agencies of the United States to participate in the activities of the Committee and shall provide the Committee with such staff and other support as may be necessary for the Committee to carry out effectively its functions under this section. "(b) The Committee shall— "(1) advise the Chief Mediceil Director on all matters pertaining to geriatrics and gerontology; (2) assess, through an evaluation process (including a site visit conducted not later than three years after the date of the establishment of each new center and not later than two years after the date of the last evaluation of those centers in oper- , ation on August 26, 1980), the ability of each center established under section 7314 of this title to achieve its established purposes and the purposes of title III of the Veterans' Administration Health-Care Amendments of 1980 (Public Law 96-330; 94 Stat. 1048); "(3) assess the capability of the Department to provide high quality geriatric services, extended services, and other healthcare services to eligible older veterans, taking into consideration the likely demand for such services from such veterans; "(4) assess the current and projected needs of eligible older veterans for geriatric services, extended-care services, and other health-care services from the Department and its activities and plans designed to meet such needs; and "(5) perform such additional functions as the Secretary or Chief Medical Director may direct. Sports. "(c)(1) The Committee shall submit to the Secretary, through the Chief Medical Director, such reports as the Committee considers appropriate with respect to its findings and conclusions under subsection (b). Such reports shall include the following: "(A) Descriptions of the operations of the centers of geriatric research, education, and clinical activities established pursuant to section 7314 of this title. "(B) Assessments of the quality of the operations of such centers. "(C) An assessment of the extent to which the Department, through the operation of such centers and other health-care facilities and programs, is meeting the needs of eligible older veterans for geriatric services, extended-care services, and other health-care services. "(D) Assessments of and recommendations for correcting any , deficiencies in the operations of such centers. "(E) Recommendations for such other geriatric services, extended-care services, and other health-care services as may be needed to meet the needs of older veterans. "(2) Not later than 90 days after receipt of a report submitted under paragraph (1), the Secretary shall transmit the report, together with the Secretary's comments and recommendations thereon, to the appropriate committees of the Congress.