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Request for Nominations for the WTC Health Program Science/Technical Advisory Committee

June 2013
NIOSH Docket Number 229-A

Title I of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010 (Pub. L. 111-347) was enacted on January 2, 2011, amending the Public Health Service Act (PHS Act) by adding Title XXXIII establishing the WTC Health Program within HHS (Title XXXIII of the PHS Act is codified at 42 U.S.C. §§ 300mm to 300mm–61). Section 3302(a) of the PHS Act established the WTC Health Program Scientific/Technical Advisory Committee (STAC). The STAC is governed by the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (Pub. L. 92-463, 5 U.S.C. App.), which sets forth standards for the formation and use of advisory committees in the Executive Branch.

PHS Act Section 3302(a)(1) establishes that the STAC will:
review scientific and medical evidence and to make recommendations to the [WTC Program] Administrator on additional WTC Program eligibility criteria and on additional WTC-related health conditions.

The STAC will be consulted on other matters related to implementation and improvement of the WTC Health Program and outlined in the PHS Act at the discretion of the WTC Program Administrator. In accordance with Section 3302(a)(2) of the PHS Act, the WTC Program Administrator will appoint the members of the committee, which must include at least:

  • 4 occupational physicians, at least two of whom have experience treating WTC rescue and recovery workers;
  • 1 physician with expertise in pulmonary medicine;
  • 2 environmental medicine or environmental health specialists;
  • 2 representatives of WTC responders;
  • 2 representatives of certified eligible WTC survivors;
  • 1 industrial hygienist;
  • 1 toxicologist;
  • 1 epidemiologist; and, at least
  • 1 mental health professional

At this time the Administrator is seeking nominations for members fulfilling the following categories:

  • occupational physician;
  • physician with expertise in pulmonary medicine;
  • environmental medicine or environmental health specialist;
  • representative of WTC responders;
  • representative of certified-eligible WTC survivors;

Other members may be appointed at the discretion of the WTC Program Administrator.

NIOSH is committed to bringing greater diversity of thought, perspective and experience to its advisory committees. Nominees from all races, gender, age and persons living with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Nominees must be U.S. citizens.

Federal Register Notices:

Federal Register Notice; Supersedes all previous Federal Register Notices; 7/3/13 [PDF - 166 KB]

Public Nomination Period

All relevant material submitted to NIOSH should reference Docket Number NIOSH-229-A. All electronic nominations should be formatted as Microsoft Word or PDF and make reference to docket number NIOSH-229-A.

Nominations should be submitted (postmarked or electronically received) by August 9, 2013, in accordance with the following instructions: Any interested person or organization may self-nominate or nominate one or more qualified persons for membership. Nominations must include the following information:

  • The nominee's contact information and current occupation or position;
  • The nominee's resume or curriculum vitae, including prior or current membership on other National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), CDC, or HHS advisory committees or other relevant organizations, associations, and committees;
  • The category of membership (occupational, pulmonary or environmental medicine physician, environmental health specialist, representative of responder or survivor beneficiaries) that the candidate is qualified to represent;
  • A summary of the background, experience, and qualifications that demonstrates the nominee's suitability for the nominated membership category;
  • Articles or other documents the nominee has authored that indicate the nominee's knowledge and experience in relevant subject categories; and
  • A statement that the nominee is aware of the nomination, is willing to regularly attend and participate in STAC meetings, and has no known conflicts of interest that would preclude membership on the Committee.

Submit Nominations

  • Send NIOSH nominations using this online form
  • Send nominations by email.
  • Telephone and facsimile submissions cannot be accepted.
  • or by Regular, Express, or Overnight Mail:

Written nominations may be submitted (one original and two copies) to the following address only:

NIOSH Docket 229-A c/o Zaida Burgos,
Committee Management Specialist,
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health,
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,
1600 Clifton Road, NE., M/S E-20,
Atlanta, Georgia 30333.

  • Page last reviewed: June 11, 2013
  • Page last updated: July 3, 2013
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