[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 174 (Friday, September 7, 2018)]
[Pages 45448-45449]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2018-19418]



Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Solicitation of Nominations for Appointment to the World Trade 
Center Health Program Scientific/Technical Advisory Committee (STAC)

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 
accordance with provisions of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and 
Compensation Act of 2010, is seeking nominations for membership on the 
World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program STAC. The STAC consists of 17 
members including experts in fields associated with occupational 
medicine, pulmonary medicine, environmental medicine or environmental 
health, industrial hygiene, epidemiology, toxicology, mental health, 
and representatives of WTC responders, as well as representatives of 
certified-eligible WTC survivors. The STAC reviews scientific and 
medical evidence and makes recommendations to the Administrator of the 
WTC Health Program on additional Program eligibility criteria and 
additional WTC-related health conditions and provides consultation on 
research regarding certain health conditions related to the September 
11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

DATES: Nominations for membership on the STAC must be received no later 
than November 16, 2018. Packages received after this time will not be 
considered for the current membership cycle.

ADDRESSES: All nominations should be mailed to NIOSH Docket 229-G, c/o 
Mia Wallace, Committee Management Specialist, National Institute for 
Occupational Safety and Health, Centers for Disease Control and 
Prevention, 1600 Clifton Rd. NE, MS: E-20, Atlanta, Georgia 30333, or 
emailed (recommended) to [email protected].

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tania Carre[oacute]n-Valencia, WTC 
Health Program Associate Director for Science, 1600 Clifton Rd. NE, MS: 
R-12, Atlanta, GA 30333; telephone (404)498-2500 (this is not a toll-
free number); email [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Nominations are being sought for individuals 
who have expertise and qualifications necessary to contribute to 
accomplishing the committee's objectives. The Administrator of the WTC 
Health Program is seeking nominations for members fulfilling the 
following categories:
     Environmental medicine or environmental health specialist;
     Occupational physician who has experience treating WTC 
rescue and recovery workers;
     Physician with expertise in pulmonary medicine;
     Representative of WTC responders; and
     Representative of certified-eligible WTC survivors.
    Members may be invited to serve for three-year terms. Selection of 
members is based on candidates' qualifications to contribute to the 
accomplishment of STAC objectives. More information on the committee is 
available at https://www.cdc.gov/wtc/stac.html.
    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) policy 
stipulates that committee membership be balanced in terms of points of 
view represented, and the committee's function. Appointments shall be 
made without discrimination on the basis of age, race, ethnicity, 
gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, HIV status, disability, 
and cultural, religious, or socioeconomic status. Nominees must be U.S. 
citizens. Current participation on federal workgroups or prior 
experience serving on a federal advisory committee does not disqualify 
a candidate; however, HHS policy is to avoid excessive individual 
service on advisory committees and multiple committee memberships. 

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members are Special Government Employees, requiring the filing of 
financial disclosure reports at the beginning of and annually during 
their terms. NIOSH identifies potential candidates and provides a slate 
of nominees for consideration to the Director of CDC for STAC 
membership each year; CDC reviews the proposed slate of candidates, and 
provides a slate of nominees for consideration to the Secretary of HHS 
for final selection. HHS notifies selected candidates of their 
appointment near the start of the term in October, or as soon as the 
HHS selection process is completed. Note that the need for different 
expertise varies from year to year and a candidate who is not selected 
in one year may be reconsidered in a subsequent year.
    Candidates should submit the following items:
    [ssquf] Current curriculum vitae, including complete contact 
information (telephone numbers, mailing address, email address);
    [ssquf] The category of membership (environmental medicine or 
environmental health specialist, occupational physician, pulmonary 
physician, representative of WTC responders, representative of 
certified-eligible WTC survivors, industrial hygienist, toxicologist, 
epidemiologist, or mental health professional) that the candidate is 
qualified to represent;
    [ssquf] A summary of the background, experience, and qualifications 
that demonstrates the candidate's suitability for the nominated 
membership category; and
    [ssquf] At least one letter of recommendation from a person(s) not 
employed by HHS. (Candidates may submit letter(s) from current HHS 
employees if they wish, but at least one letter must be submitted by a 
person not employed by an HHS agency (e.g., CDC, NIH, FDA, etc.).
    Nominations may be submitted by the candidate him- or herself, or 
by the person/organization recommending the candidate.
    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.

Sherri Berger,
Chief Operating Officer, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
[FR Doc. 2018-19418 Filed 9-6-18; 8:45 am]