[Federal Register Volume 71, Number 120 (Thursday, June 22, 2006)]
[Notices]
[Pages 35906-35907]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E6-9859]


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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES


 Solicitation of Nomination for Appointment to the Chronic 
Fatigue Syndrome Advisory Committee

AGENCY: Office of Public Health and Science, Office of the Secretary, 
HHS.

ACTION: Notice.

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    Authority: 42 U.S.C. 217a, section 222 of the Public Health 
Service (PHS) Act, as amended. The committee is governed by the 
provisions of Public Law 92-463, as amended (5 U.S.C. Appendix 2), 
which sets forth standards for the formation and use of advisory 
committees.

SUMMARY: The Office of Public Health and Science, HHS, is seeking 
nominations of qualified candidates to be considered for appointment as 
a member of the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Advisory Committee (CFSAC). 
CFSAC provides science-based advice and recommendations to the 
Secretary of Health and Human Services, through the Assistant Secretary 
for Health, on a broad range of issues and topics pertaining to chronic 
fatigue syndrome (CFS). CFSAC, which was formerly known as the Chronic 
Fatigue Syndrome Coordinating Committee, was established by the 
Secretary of Health and Human Services on September 5, 2002. The 
appointments of five Committee members are scheduled to end on 
September 30, 2006. Nominations of qualified candidates are being 
sought to fill these scheduled vacancies.

DATES: Nominations for membership on the Committee must be received no 
later than 5 p.m. EST on July 12, 2006, at the address listed below.

ADDRESSES: All nominations should be mailed or delivered to Dr. John 
Eckert, Acting Executive Secretary, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Advisory 
Committee;

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Office of Public Health and Science; Department of Health and Human 
Services; 200 Independence Avenue, SW., Room 716G; Washington, DC, 
20201.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Olga Nelson; Committee Management 
Officer, OPHS; Department of Health and Human Services; 200 
Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20201; Telephone: (202) 690-
5205.
    A copy of the Committee charter and list of the current membership 
can be obtained by contacting Ms. Nelson or by accessing the CFSAC Web 
site, http://www.hhs.gov/advcomcfs.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    1. The Committee shall advise and make recommendations to the 
Secretary, through the Assistant Secretary for Health, on a broad range 
of topics including: (1) The current state of knowledge and research 
about the epidemiology and risk factors relating to chronic fatigue 
syndrome, and identifying potential opportunities in these areas; (2) 
current and proposed diagnosis and treatment methods for chronic 
fatigue syndrome; and (3) development and implementation of programs to 
inform the public, health care professionals, and the biomedical, 
academic, and research communities about chronic fatigue syndrome 
advances.

2. Nominations

    The Office of Public Health and Science is requesting nominations 
to fill five positions for the CFSAC. The positions are scheduled to 
become vacant in September 30, 2006. The Committee is composed of seven 
biomedical research scientists with demonstrated expertise in 
biomedical research and four individuals with demonstrated expertise in 
health care delivery, private health care services or insurer, or 
voluntary organizations concerned with the problems of individuals with 
CFS. The vacant positions include both categories. To qualify for 
consideration of appointment to the Committee, an individual must 
possess demonstrated experience and expertise in the designated fields 
or discipline, as well as expert knowledge of the broad issues and 
topics pertinent to chronic fatigue syndrome.
    Individuals selected for appointment to the Committee will serve as 
voting members. Individuals selected for appointment to the Committee 
can be invited to serve terms of up to four years. Committee members 
receive a stipend for attending Committee meetings and conducting other 
business in the interest of the Committee, including per diem and 
reimbursement for travel expenses incurred.
    Nominations should be typewritten. The following information should 
be included in the package of material submitted for each individual 
being nominated for consideration: (1) A letter of nomination that 
clearly states the name and affiliation of the nominee, the basis for 
the nomination (i.e., specific attributes which qualify the nominee for 
service in this capacity), and a statement that the nominee is willing 
to serve as a member of the Committee; (2) the nominator's name, 
address, and daytime telephone number, and the home and/or work 
address, telephone number, and email address of the individual being 
nominated; and (3) a current copy of the nominee's curriculum vitae. 
The names of Federal employees should not be nominated for 
consideration of appointment to this Committee.
    The Department makes every effort to ensure that the membership of 
HHS Federal advisory committees is fairly balanced in terms of points 
of view represented and the committee's function. Every effort is made 
to ensure that a broad representation of geographic areas, females, 
ethnic and minority groups, and the disabled are given consideration 
for membership on HHS Federal advisory committees. Appointment to this 
Committee shall be made without discrimination on the basis of age, 
race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, and cultural, 
religious, or socioeconomic status. Nominations must state that the 
nominee is willing to serve as a member of CFSAC and appears to have no 
conflict of interest that would preclude membership. Potential 
candidates are required to provide detailed information concerning such 
matters as financial holdings, consultancies, and research grants or 
contracts to permit evaluation of possible sources of conflict of 
interest.

    Dated: June 12, 2006.
John Eckert,
Acting Executive Secretary, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Advisory 
Committee.
 [FR Doc. E6-9859 Filed 6-21-06; 8:45 am]
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