[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 52 (Friday, March 16, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Pages 15761-15762]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-6475]


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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Subcommittee on Procedures Review, 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 (CDC) announces the following meeting for the aforementioned 
subcommittee:
    Time and Date: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., April 11, 2012.
    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 verbal public comment 
period. Written comment should be provided to the contact person below 
in advance of the meeting. To access by conference call dial the 
following information 1 (866) 659-0537, Participant Pass Code 9933701.
    Background: The ABRWH 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

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compensation program. Key functions of the ABRWH 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 ABRWH 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, 2013.
    Purpose: The ABRWH 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, advising 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 a 
reasonable likelihood that such radiation doses may have endangered the 
health of members of this class. The Subcommittee on Procedures Review 
was established to aid the ABRWH in carrying out its duty to advise the 
Secretary, HHS, on dose reconstructions. The Subcommittee on Procedures 
Review is responsible for overseeing, tracking, and participating in 
the reviews of all procedures used in the dose reconstruction process 
by the NIOSH Division of Compensation Analysis and Support (DCAS) and 
its dose reconstruction contractor.
    Matters to be Discussed: The agenda for the Subcommittee meeting 
includes discussion of the following Oak Ridge Associated Universities 
(ORAU) and Division of Compensation Analysis and Support (DCAS) 
procedures: Office of Compensation Analysis and Support (OCAS) TIB-0010 
``Best Estimate External Dose Reconstruction for Glovebox Workers''); 
DCAS TIB-0013 (``Selected Geometric Exposure Scenario Considerations 
for External Dose Reconstruction at Uranium Facilities''), OTIB-0052 
(``Parameters to Consider When Processing Claims for Construction Trade 
Workers''), OTIB-0054 (``Fission and Activation Product Assignment for 
Internal Dose-Related Gross Beta and Gross Gamma Analyses''), and PER 
20 (``Blockson TBD Revision''); Identification of Overarching Dose 
Reconstruction Issues; Discussion of Completed Procedure Reviews for 
Summarization; and a continuation of the comment-resolution process for 
other dose reconstruction procedures under review by the Subcommittee.
    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 NE., Mailstop E-20, Atlanta, 
Georgia 30333, Telephone (513) 533-6800, Toll Free 1 (800) CDC-INFO, 
Email dcas@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 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Agency 
for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.

    Dated: March 9, 2012.
John Kastenbauer,
Acting Director, Management Analysis and Services Office, Centers for 
Disease Control and Prevention.
[FR Doc. 2012-6475 Filed 3-15-12; 8:45 am]
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