[Federal Register Volume 74, Number 49 (Monday, March 16, 2009)]
[Pages 11111-11112]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E9-5522]



Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Subcommittee on Procedures Reviews, Advisory Board on Radiation 
and Worker Health (ABRWH), National Institute for Occupational Safety 
and Health (NIOSH)

    In accordance with section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory 
Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463), CDC announces the following meeting for 
the aforementioned subcommittee:

    Time and Date: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., March 24, 2009.
    Place: Cincinnati Airport Marriott, 2395 Progress Drive, Hebron, 
Kentucky 41018. Telephone (859) 334-4611, Fax (859) 334-4619.
    Status: Open to the public, but without a public oral comment 
period. To access by conference call dial the following information 
1 (866) 659-0537, Participant Pass Code 9933701.
    Background: The Advisory Board was established under the Energy 
Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program

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Act of 2000 to advise the President on a variety of policy and 
technical functions required to implement and effectively manage the 
new compensation program. Key functions of the Advisory Board 
include providing advice on the development of probability of 
causation guidelines that have been promulgated by the Department of 
Health and Human Services (HHS) as a final rule; advice on methods 
of dose reconstruction which have also been promulgated by HHS as a 
final rule; advice on the scientific validity and quality of dose 
estimation and reconstruction efforts being performed for purposes 
of the compensation program; and advice on petitions to add classes 
of workers to the Special Exposure Cohort (SEC).
    In December 2000, the President delegated responsibility for 
funding, staffing, and operating the Advisory Board to HHS, which 
subsequently delegated this authority to CDC. NIOSH implements this 
responsibility for CDC. The charter was issued on August 3, 2001, 
renewed at appropriate intervals, and will expire on August 3, 2009.
    Purpose: The Advisory Board is charged with (a) Providing advice 
to the Secretary, HHS, on the development of guidelines under 
Executive Order 13179; (b) providing advice to the Secretary, HHS, 
on the scientific validity and quality of dose reconstruction 
efforts performed for this program; and (c) upon request by the 
Secretary, HHS, advise the Secretary on whether there is a class of 
employees at any Department of Energy facility who were exposed to 
radiation but for whom it is not feasible to estimate their 
radiation dose, and whether there is reasonable likelihood that such 
radiation doses may have endangered the health of members of this 
class. The Subcommittee on Procedures Reviews was established to aid 
the Advisory Board in carrying out its duty to advise the Secretary, 
HHS, on dose reconstruction. It will be responsible for overseeing, 
tracking, and participating in the reviews of all procedures used in 
the dose reconstruction process by the NIOSH Office of Compensation 
Analysis and Support (OCAS) and its dose reconstruction contractor.
    Matters to be Discussed: The agenda for the Subcommittee meeting 
includes: A discussion of proposed new versions of the computer-
assisted telephone interview scripts and procedures NIOSH uses to 
interview claimants at the outset of the dose reconstruction 
process; a discussion of ORAUT-OTIB-0054 (``Fission and Activation 
Product Assignment for Internal Dose-Related Gross Beta and Gross 
Gamma Analyses''), ORAUT-OTIB-0066 (``Calculation of Dose from 
Intakes of Special Tritium Compounds''), and ORAUT-OTIB-0052 
(``Parameters for Processing Claims for Construction Workers''); 
and, a continuation of the comment-resolution process for other dose 
reconstruction procedures under review by the Subcommittee.
    The agenda is subject to change as priorities dictate.
    In the event an individual cannot attend, written comments may 
be submitted. Any written comments received will be provided at the 
meeting and should be submitted to the contact person below in 
advance of the meeting.
    This meeting was previously scheduled to convene on January 29, 
2009, but was cancelled due to inclement weather and airport and 
facility inaccessibility. The meeting was scheduled to reconvene as 
soon as possible; therefore, this Federal Register notice is being 
published less than fifteen days prior to the meeting date.
    For Further Information Contact: Theodore Katz, Executive 
Secretary, NIOSH, CDC, 1600 Clifton Road, Mailstop E-20, Atlanta GA 
30333, Telephone (513) 533-6800, Toll Free 1 (800) CDC-INFO, E-mail 
[email protected].
    The Director, Management Analysis and Services Office, has been 
delegated the authority to sign Federal Register notices pertaining 
to announcements of meetings and other committee management 
activities, for both CDC and the Agency for Toxic Substances and 
Disease Registry.

    Dated: March 6, 2009.
Elaine L. Baker,
Director, Management Analysis and Services Office, Centers for Disease 
Control and Prevention.
 [FR Doc. E9-5522 Filed 3-13-09; 8:45 am]