The chairman of the Commission of Fine Arts is Earl A. Powell III appointed August 30, 2012
The agency was established in 1910
They attempt to address market failures by addressing public goods such as national memorials, public buildings, military cemeteries, coins and medals
Some current issues they are addressing are that they approve any remodels that have to do with preserving the history of the US or preserving the concept of democracy. Ex: Institution - Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, 1703 32nd Street, NW. Ground-mounted lighting. Permit
The agency was established as a permanent body to advise the federal government on matters pertaining to the arts and national symbols, and to guide the architectural development of Washington, D.C
The Commission reviews designs proposed for memorials, coins, medals, and new or renovated government buildings, as well as privately owned properties in certain areas of Washington under the Shipstead-Luce and Old Georgetown Acts. In addition, the Commission supports a variety of arts institutions in Washington, DC, through the National Capital Arts and Cultural Affairs (NCACA) program.