[Federal Register Volume 74, Number 8 (Tuesday, January 13, 2009)]
[Notices]
[Pages 1689-1690]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E9-524]


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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Subcommittee on Procedures Reviews, Advisory Board on Radiation 
and Worker Health (ABRWH), National Institute for Occupational Safety 
and Health (NIOSH)

    In accordance with section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory 
Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463), the Centers for Disease Control and 
Prevention, announces the following meeting for the aforementioned 
subcommittee:

    Time and Date: 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., January 28, 2009.
    Place: Cincinnati Airport Marriott, 2395 Progress Drive, Hebron, 
Kentucky 41018. Telephone (859) 334-4611, Fax (859) 334-4619.
    Status: Open to the public, but without a public comment period. 
To access by conference call dial the following information 1(866) 
659-0537, Participant Pass Code 9933701.
    Background: The Advisory Board was established under the Energy 
Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act of 2000 to 
advise the President on a variety of policy and technical functions 
required to implement and effectively manage the new compensation 
program. Key functions of the Advisory Board include providing 
advice on the development of probability of causation guidelines 
that have been promulgated by the Department of Health and Human 
Services (HHS) as a final rule; advice on methods of dose 
reconstruction which have also been promulgated by HHS as a final 
rule; advice on the scientific validity and quality of dose 
estimation and reconstruction efforts being performed for purposes 
of the compensation program; and advice on petitions to add classes 
of workers to the Special Exposure Cohort (SEC).
    In December 2000, the President delegated responsibility for 
funding, staffing, and operating the Advisory Board to HHS, which 
subsequently delegated this authority to CDC. NIOSH implements this 
responsibility for CDC. The charter was issued on August 3, 2001, 
renewed at appropriate intervals, and will expire on August 3, 2009.
    Purpose: The Advisory Board is charged with (a) Providing advice 
to the Secretary, HHS, on the development of guidelines under 
Executive Order 13179; (b) providing advice to the Secretary, HHS, 
on the scientific validity and quality of dose reconstruction 
efforts performed for this program; and (c) upon request by the 
Secretary, HHS, advise the Secretary on whether there is a class of 
employees at any Department of Energy facility who were exposed to 
radiation but for whom it is not feasible to estimate their 
radiation dose, and on whether there is reasonable likelihood that 
such radiation doses may have endangered the health of members of 
this class. The Subcommittee on Procedures Reviews was established 
to aid the Advisory Board in carrying out its duty to advise the 
Secretary, HHS, on dose reconstruction. It will be responsible for 
overseeing, tracking, and participating in the reviews of all 
procedures used in the dose reconstruction process by the NIOSH 
Office of Compensation Analysis and Support (OCAS) and its dose 
reconstruction contractor.
    Matters To Be Discussed: The agenda for the Subcommittee meeting 
includes: a discussion of proposed new versions of the computer-
assisted telephone interview scripts and procedures NIOSH uses to 
interview claimants at the outset of the dose reconstruction 
process; a discussion of ORAUT-OTIB-0054 (``Fission and Activation 
Product Assignment for Internal Dose-Related Gross Beta and Gross 
Gamma Analyses'') and ORAUT-OTIB-0066 (``Calculation of Dose from 
Intakes of Special Tritium Compounds''); and, a continuation of the 
comment-resolution process for other dose reconstruction procedures 
under review by the Subcommittee.

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    The agenda is subject to change as priorities dictate.
    In the event an individual cannot attend, written comments may 
be submitted. Any written comments received will be provided at the 
meeting and should be submitted to the contact person below well in 
advance of the meeting.
    Contact Person for More Information: Theodore Katz, Executive 
Secretary, NIOSH, CDC, 1600 Clifton Road, Mailstop E-20, Atlanta, 
Georgia 30333, Telephone (513) 533-6800, Toll Free 1 (800) CDC-INFO, 
e-mail ocas@cdc.gov.
    The Director, Management Analysis and Services Office, has been 
delegated the authority to sign Federal Register notices pertaining 
to announcements of meetings and other committee management 
activities, for both CDC and the Agency for Toxic Substances and 
Disease Registry.

    Dated: January 7, 2009.
Elaine L. Baker,
Director, Management Analysis and Services Office, Centers for Disease 
Control and Prevention.
 [FR Doc. E9-524 Filed 1-12-09; 8:45 am]
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