[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 142 (Monday, July 25, 2011)]
[Notices]
[Pages 44333-44334]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-18756]



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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES




National Biodefense Science Board; Call for Nominees



AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, Department of Health and Human 

Services.



ACTION: Notice.



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SUMMARY: The Office of the Secretary is accepting resumes or curricula 

vitae from qualified individuals who wish to be considered for 

membership on the National Biodefense Science Board. Seven members have 

membership expiration dates of December 31, 2011; therefore seven new 

voting members



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will be selected for the Board. Nominees are being accepted in the 

following categories: Industry; academia, practicing healthcare 

professional, and organizations representing other appropriate 

stakeholders. Submit a resume or curriculum vitae nbsb@hhs.gov by 

August 19, 2011.



FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: CAPT Leigh A. Sawyer, D.V.M., M.P.H., 

Executive Director, National Biodefense Science Board, Office of the 

Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, U.S. Department of 

Health and Human Services, 330 C Street, SW., Switzer Building Room, 

5127, Washington, DC 20447; 202-205-3815; fax: 202-205-8508; e-mail 

address: leigh.sawyer@hhs.gov.



SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Pursuant to section 319M of the Public 

Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 247d-7f) and section 222 of the Public 

Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 217a), the Department of Health and Human 

Services established the National Biodefense Science Board. The Board 

shall provide expert advice and guidance to the Secretary on 

scientific, technical, and other matters of special interest to the 

Department of Health and Human Services regarding current and future 

chemical, biological, nuclear, and radiological agents, whether 

naturally occurring, accidental, or deliberate. The Board may also 

provide advice and guidance to the Secretary and/or the Assistant 

Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) on other matters related 

to public health emergency preparedness and response.

    Description of Duties: The Board shall advise the Secretary and/or 

ASPR on current and future trends, challenges, and opportunities 

presented by advances in biological and life sciences, biotechnology, 

and genetic engineering with respect to threats posed by naturally 

occurring infectious diseases and chemical, biological, radiological, 

and nuclear agents. At the request of the Secretary and/or ASPR, the 

Board shall review and consider any information and findings received 

from the working groups established under 42 U.S.C. 247d-7f(b). At the 

request of the Secretary and/or ASPR, the Board shall provide 

recommendations and findings for expanded, intensified, and coordinated 

biodefense research and development activities. Additional advisory 

duties concerning public health emergency preparedness and response may 

be assigned at the discretion of the Secretary and/or ASPR.

    Structure: The Board shall consist of 13 voting members, including 

the Chairperson; additionally, there may be non-voting ex officio 

members. Members and the Chairperson shall be appointed by the 

Secretary from among the Nation's preeminent scientific, public health 

and medical experts, as follows: (a) Such Federal officials as the 

Secretary determines are necessary to support the functions of the 

Board, (b) four individuals from the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and 

device industries, (c) four academicians, and (d) five other members as 

determined appropriate by the Secretary and/or ASPR, one of whom must 

be a practicing health care professional and one of whom must be from 

an organization representing health care consumers. Additional members 

for category (d), above, will be selected from among State and local 

governments and public health agencies, emergency medical responders 

and organizations representing other appropriate stakeholders. A member 

of the Board described in (b), (c), and (d) in the above paragraph 

shall serve for a term of 3 years, except that the Secretary may adjust 

the terms of the initial Board appointees in order to provide for a 

staggered term of appointment of all members. Members who are not 

fulltime or permanent part-time Federal employees shall be appointed by 

the Secretary as Special Government Employees.



    Dated: July 18, 2011.

Nicole Lurie,

Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, U.S. Department of 

Health and Human Services.

[FR Doc. 2011-18756 Filed 7-22-11; 8:45 am]

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