Current News

  • 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
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