Request for Nominations to Serve on the World Trade Center Health Program Scientific/Technical Advisory Committee

May 2019
NIOSH Docket Number 229-H

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is soliciting nominations for membership on the World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program Scientific/Technical Advisory Committee (STAC).

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.  PHS Act Section 3312(a)(6)(G) establishes that: the Advisory Committee will review and evaluate substantive amendments to policies and procedures used to determine whether sufficient evidence exists to support adding a health condition to the List of WTC-Related Health Conditions; and the committee will make recommendations to the WTC Program Administrator regarding the identification of individuals to conduct independent peer reviews of the scientific and technical evidence that would be the basis for issuing a final rule adding a condition to the List of 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
  • 1 mental health professional.

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

  • Occupational physician who has experience treating WTC rescue and recovery workers;
  • Mental health professional;
  • Industrial hygienist;
  • Representative of WTC responders;
  • Representatives of certified-eligible WTC survivors; and
  • Physician with expertise in pulmonary medicine.

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.

Reference Documents

Public Nomination Period

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

Nominations should be submitted (postmarked or electronically received) by June 28, 2019, 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:

  • Current curriculum vitae, including complete contact information (telephone numbers, mailing address, e-mail address);
  • 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;
  • A summary of the background, experience, and qualifications that demonstrates the candidate’s suitability for the nominated membership category; and
  • 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.).

You may submit nominations, including attachments, identified by NIOSH 229-H by any of the following methods:

  • Send nominations by email

Regular, Express, or Overnight Mail: Written nominations may be submitted (one original and two copies) to the following address only: NIOSH Docket 229-H c/o Mia Wallace, 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. Telephone and facsimile submissions cannot be accepted.

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