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  • November 4, 2014 — Federal Register Notice: Petition 005—Acoustic Neuroma; Finding of Insufficient Evidence — On September 2, 2014, the Administrator of the World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program received a petition to add acoustic neuroma (Petition 005) to the List of WTC-Related Health Conditions (List). The Administrator has not found sufficient scientific evidence to conduct an analysis of whether to add acoustic neuroma to the List. Accordingly, the Administrator finds that insufficient evidence exists to request a recommendation of the WTC Health Program Scientific/Technical Advisory Committee (STAC), to publish a proposed rule, or to publish a determination not to publish a proposed rule.

  • August 29, 2014 – Statement from John Howard, M.D., Administrator of the World Trade Center Health Program Administration—  GAO Report on the WTC Health Program Approach Used to Add Cancers to List of Covered Conditions

  • July 10, 2014 - Federal Register Notice: Proposed Data Collections Submitted for Public Comment and Recommendations — This submission will incorporate the World Trade Center Health Program Enrollment, Appeals & Reimbursement (0920–0891, expiration date 12/31/2014), and the World Trade Center Enrollment & Appeals—Pentagon & Shanksville (0920–1001, expiration date 12/31/2016) into one complete package which will be called the World Trade Center Health Program Enrollment, Appeals & Reimbursement. Upon OMB approval, 0920–1001 will be discontinued.

    Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or included in the request for Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval. Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology; and (e) estimates of capital or start-up costs and costs of operation, maintenance, and purchase of services to provide information. Burden means the total time, effort, or financial resources expended by persons to generate, maintain, retain, disclose or provide information to or for a Federal agency. This includes the time needed to review instructions; to develop, acquire, install and utilize technology and systems for the purpose of collecting, validating and verifying information, processing and maintaining information, and disclosing and providing information; to train personnel and to be able to respond to a collection of information, to search data sources, to complete and review the collection of information; and to transmit or otherwise disclose the information. Written comments should be received within 60 days of this notice.

  • July 1, 2014 - Statement from the Administrator — July 1, 2014, marks the third anniversary of the WTC Health Program. The changes of the past year are highlighted.

  • June 17, 2014 – Pre-Proposal Conference

    A pre-proposal conference is scheduled for Thursday, June 19, 2014, from 1300 to 1500, to be held in New York City, NY at:

    Jacob K. Javits Federal Building
    26 Federal Plaza, 6th Floor Conference Room
    New York City, NY 10278

    The purpose of the conference is to help ensure that potential Offerors fully understand the details of work, especially the Government interpretation of the Statement of Objectives. As time permits, potential Offerors will have an opportunity to comment on the details of the requirements. Attendance at the conference is encouraged, but not mandatory, since a formal solicitation amendment, to include an electronic copy of all questions asked/answered and sign-in sheet, will be posted to Federal Business Opportunities (www.fbo.gov) shortly thereafter (accordingly, no recording devices are authorized).

    In order to attend the pre-proposal conference vendors must submit a list of attendees to the Contracting Officer and Program Analyst no later than 1600EST, Thursday, June 12, 2014. Please send list to the following email addresses:

    bmccune@cdc.gov
    ehamilton@cdc.gov

    Contract award is estimated on or about 15 September 2014.

  • June 16, 2014 – Solicitation Notice: Outreach and Education Services for the CDC/NIOSH World Trade Center Health Program (Solicitation Number 2014-N-16435) published on Federal Business Opportunities website — Questions concerning this formal Request for Proposal shall be submitted electronically via email to the following address: bmccune@cdc.gov by 4:00 p.m. (EST), Thursday, June 26, 2014. Answers to questions that CDC/NIOSH determines to be necessary for proposal preparation will be returned via email on or about Wednesday, July 2, 2014 Technical questions submitted by telephone or verbally will not be honored. Please group your questions by RFP solicitation sections A through M.

    EACH question submitted by the Offeror shall be numbered and include:

    (1) SOW section number and/or title (including subparagraph designations) or solicitation section and/or title being referenced.
    (2) Complete description of the question

    NOTE: Questions submitted in chart or graph format will not be accepted.

    Proposal Submission
    Offerors shall deliver the proposal electronically to the following address no later than 4:00 p.m. (EST), Wednesday, July 16, 2014.

    bmccune@cdc.gov

    The proposal must be signed by an official authorized to bind your organization.

  • June 2, 2014 – Outreach and Education Services for the CDC/NIOSH World Trade Center Health Program (Solicitation Number 2014-N-16435) published on Federal Business Opportunities website — This is a pre-solicitation notice. NIOSH does not intend to award a contract on the basis of this notice. This notice is for information and planning purposes only. NIOSH will not provide reimbursement of costs associated with any documentation or communication submitted in response to this notice. Any submitted documentation, upon delivery, becomes the property of the U.S. Government and will not be returned. Questions or comments to this notice should be addressed to the Contracting Officer.

    This procurement, once a solicitation is released, will procure outreach and education services for the WTCHP in accordance with the attached DRAFT Request for Proposal and Statement of Objectives. Proposals will be due on or about 30 days from the date of the RFP release.

    A pre-proposal conference is scheduled for Thursday, June 19, 2014, from 1300 to 1500, to be held in New York City, NY at:

    Jacob K. Javits Federal Building
    26 Federal Plaza, 6th Floor Conference Room
    New York City, NY 10278
  • March 12, 2014 - Federal Register Notice: Extension of Request for Nominations of Candidates to Serve on the World Trade Center Health Program Scientific/Technical Advisory Committee — Nominations must be submitted (postmarked or electronically received) by March 31, 2014.

  • February 18, 2014 - Scientific/Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) Recommendations to the WTC Health Program's Research Program.

  • February 18, 2014 – Federal Register Notice: Amendments to List of WTC-Related Health Conditions; Cancer; Revision No types of cancer covered by the WTC Health Program will be removed by this action; four types of cancer—malignant neoplasms of the brain, the cervix uteri, the pancreas, and the testis—are newly eligible for certification as WTC-related health conditions as a result of this action.

  • February 14, 2014 - Statement from the Administrator regarding the publication of an Interim Final Rule (IFR) which amends the List of WTC-Related Health Conditions found in the WTC Health Program regulations, and results in four specific cancers becoming eligible for coverage as WTC-related health conditions.

  • January 31, 2014 - Publication of a sources sought notice was released for an upcoming Outreach and Education Support requirement for the WTC Health Program. The notice is located on the Federal Business Opportunities website (www.fbo.gov). The notice number is HHS-CDC-NIOSH-SS-14-0001. This notice will remain posted until February 28, 2014.

  • January 30, 2014 - Federal Register Notice: Request for Nominations of Candidates to Serve on the World Trade Center Health Program Scientific/Technical Advisory Committee — Nominations must be submitted (postmarked or electronically received) by March 14, 2014.

  • January 17, 2014 - February 14, 2014 – Teleconference/Web Conference Meeting of the Scientific/Technical Advisory Committee – The next meeting of the Scientific/Technical Advisory Committee will be held on February 14, 2014. The meeting is open to the public and comments from the public are welcome. The agenda for the meeting includes a brief update on the policies and regulations developed by the WTC Health Program and development of recommendations for research. More details regarding the meeting can be found on the Scientific/Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) Meetings page.

  • November 27, 2013 – New York State Workers’ Compensation Law – On November 13, 2013, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed significant protections for World Trade Center workers into the New York State Workers’ Compensation Law. The New York state legislation extends and enhances the state’s workers’ compensation eligibility and benefits to World Trade Center workers.

  • September 23, 2013 - WTC Health Program—Notice of Privacy Practices — This notice describes how medical information about WTC Health Program members may be used and disclosed and how WTC Health Program members can get access to this information. The effective date for this notice is Monday, September 30, 2013

  • September 19, 2013 - World Trade Center Health Program; Addition of Prostate Cancer to the List of WTC-Related Health Conditions — On May 2, 2013, the Administrator of the WTC Health Program received a petition requesting the addition of prostate cancer to the List of WTC-Related Health Conditions (List) covered in the WTC Health Program. In this final rule, the Administrator adds malignant neoplasm of the prostate (prostate cancer) to the List in the WTC Health Program regulations. This rule will go into effect on October 21, 2013.

  • July 31, 2013 - Policy and Procedures for Recoupment & Coordination of Benefits: Workers’ Compensation Payment — Defines the policies and procedures to be used by the WTC Health Program to identify and seek recoupment of funds from workers’ compensation when available. It imposes duties on Responders, Centers for Clinic Excellence, Workers’ Compensation Insurers and other employers providing illness and injury benefits to Responders. The effective date for this policy is September 1, 2013.

  • July 3, 2013 - Federal Register Notice: World Trade Center Health Program Scientific/Technical Advisory Committee: Nominations of Candidates — Nominations must be submitted (postmarked or electronically received) by August 9, 2013. Note: This notice supersedes the following documents published in the Federal Register: June 11, 2013 Volume 78, Number 112, Pages 35036–35037; June 21, 2013 Volume 78, Number 120, Page 37542; and June 28, 2013 Volume 78, Number 125, Page 38983. Nominations must be submitted (postmarked or electronically received) by August 9, 2013.

  • July 2, 2013 - Federal Register Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: Addition of Prostate Cancer to the List of WTC-Related Health Conditions — Comments on the proposed rule must be received by August 1, 2013.

  • July 2, 2013 - Statement from the WTC Health Program Administrator regarding the proposal posted in the Federal Register Notice to add Prostate Cancer to the List of WTC-Related Conditions.

  • July 1, 2013 - Statement from the Administrator — July 1, 2013, marks the second anniversary of the WTC Health Program. The changes of the past year are highlighted.

  • May 1, 2013 - Pentagon and Shanksville, PA Crash Site Responders — Applications Now Being Accepted: Applications are now being accepted for program benefits for responders to the Pentagon and Shanksville, PA crash sites…How to Apply.

  • April 17, 2013 - Federal Register Notice: World Trade Center, Certification of Breast Cancer in WTC Responders and Survivors Exposed to PCBs — change in certification requirements, effective April 17, 2013, are described.

  • December 10, 2012 - Clarification: FOA Number PAR-12-126--Cooperative Research Agreements Related to the World Trade Center Health Program (U01) — The maximum funding period for the FY 13 Announcement “Cooperative Research Agreements Related to the World Trade Center Health Program (U01)” is for up to three years. The table under the Research Objectives in Section I of the announcement will be amended to so that the long-term project period will be up to three years. The total cost per year for long-term projects will remain the same in the table.

  • November 21, 2012 - Delay in Grant Application Submission for PAR-12-126 "Cooperative Research Agreements Related to the WTC Health Program" due to Hurricane Sandy.

  • October 12, 2012 - WTC Health Program: Information Resources for Physicians, Members, and the Public on the Addition of Cancer— Over 50 types of cancer are now included on the list of WTC-Related Health Conditions covered by the WTC Health Program.

  • October 1, 2012 - Update: The WTC Health Program is now able to provide medical monitoring and treatment benefits for survivors who live outside the New York City metropolitan area. Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.

  • July 26, 2012 - Update to Cooperative Research Agreements Related to the WTC Health Program. This Notice updates PAR-12-126 to inform applicants who plan to submit FY13 applications for “Cooperative Research Agreements Related to the World Trade Center Health Program” (PAR-12-126) awards about changes in the Application Receipt Date and the Letter of Intent Receipt Date.

  • March 23, 2012 - Funding Opportunity Announcement for PAR-12-126. The purpose of this announcement is to support research projects and epidemiologic studies to help answer critical questions about physical and mental health conditions related to the September 2001 terrorist attacks including: biomarkers of exposures or health outcomes; epidemiologic studies; exposure-response relationships; improvements in diagnosis and treatment; patterns of illness (age, gender, etc.); risk factors for disease; and other research studies on WTC-related health conditions or emerging conditions.

  • NIOSH Funded Projects. View NIOSH funded research and education projects.
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