[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 24 (Tuesday, February 5, 2013)]
[Pages 8147-8148]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-02502]

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Establishment of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee

AGENCY: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Office of the 
Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services.

ACTION: Notice.


    Authority: Establishment of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory 
Committee is authorized under 42 U.S.C. 217a, Section 222 of the 
Public Health Service Act, as amended. The Committee will be 
governed by provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public 
Law 92-463, as amended (5 U.S.C. App.), which sets forth standards 
for the formation and use of advisory committees.

SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announces 
establishment of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee 
(hereafter referred to as the Committee or 2015 DGAC). The 2015 DGAC is 
an expert advisory committee that has been established to assist the 
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Department 
of Agriculture (USDA) perform a single, time-limited task.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Designated Federal Officer, 2015 DGAC, 
Richard D. Olson and/or Alternate Designated Federal Officer, 2015 
DGAC: Kellie (O'Connell) Casavale, Ph.D., RD; Office of Disease 
Prevention and Health Promotion, OASH/DHHS; 1101 Wootton Parkway, Suite 
LL100 Tower Building; Rockville, MD 20852; Telephone (240) 453-8280; 
Fax: (240) 453-8281. Lead USDA Co-Executive Secretary, Colette I. 
Rihane, M.S., R.D., Director, Nutrition Guidance and Analysis Division, 
Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion; U.S. Department of 
Agriculture; 3101 Park Center Drive, Room 1034; Alexandria, VA 22302; 
Telephone: (703) 305-7600; Fax: (703) 305-3300. USDA Co-Executive 
Secretary, Shanthy A. Bowman, Ph.D.; Nutritionist, Food Surveys 
Research Group, Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center, 
Agricultural Research Service, USDA; 10300 Baltimore Avenue, BARC-West 
Bldg 005, Room 125; Beltsville, MD 20705-2350; Telephone: 301-504-0619. 
Additional information about the 2015 DGAC is available on the Internet 
at www.dietaryguidelines.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under Section 301 of the National Nutrition 
Monitoring and Related Research Act of 1990 (7 U.S.C. 534), the 
Secretaries of HHS and USDA are required to publish jointly, at least 
every five years, a report entitled Dietary Guidelines for Americans. 
Under the referenced legislation, it is stipulated that HHS and USDA 
are required to work jointly ane collaboratively to publish a report 
that (1) contains nutritional and dietary information and guidelines 
for the general public; (2) is based on the preponderance of scientific 
and medical knowledge current at the at the time of publication; and 
(3) will be promoted by each Federal agency in carrying out any Federal 
food, nutrition, or health program.
    Dietary Guidelines for Americans was issued voluntarily by HHS and 
USDA in 1980, 1985, and 1990. Since enactment of the authorizing 
legislation, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans have been published 
with revisions in 1995, 2000, 2005, and 2010. The Secretaries of HHS 
and USDA have established and utilized a Dietary Guidelines Advisory 
Committee to provide advice and make recommendations regarding the 
Guidelines since the 1985 edition.
    After appropriate consultation between HHS and the General Services 
Administration (GSA), it was determined that formation of the 2015 DGAC 
is in the public interest in connection with the performance of duties 
imposed on the Department by law, and that such duties can best be 
performed through the advice and counsel of a federal advisory 
committee. The Secretary of Health and Human Services approved for the 
2015 DGAC to be established as a discretionary Federal advisory 
committee; the Committee charter was approved by the Secretary on 
January 9, 2013. To comply with the provisions of FACA, the charter 
will be filed with the appropriate Congressional committees and the 
Library of Congress fifteen calendar days after notice of this action 
being taken has been published in the Federal Register.
    Objectives and Scope of Activities. The 2015 DGAC will provide 
independent, science-based advice and recommendations for development 
of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2015, which forms the basis of 
Federal nutrition programs, nutrition standards, and nutrition 
education for the general public. A variety of services and tools will 
be made available to the Committee to support development of 
recommendations that promote health and reduce chronic disease risk for 
Americans. The USDA Nutrition Evidence Library will assist the 
Committee in conducting and creating a transparent database of 
systematic reviews reflecting the most current research available on a 
wide range of food and nutrition-related topics to inform its 
    The 2015 DGAC is established to accomplish a single, time-limited 
task. The Committee will be terminated after delivery of its final 
report to the Secretaries of HHS and USDA or two years from the date 
that the Committee charter is filed, whichever comes first.
    Membership and Designation. The Committee will consist of not more 
than 17 members, with the minimum number being 13; one or more members 
will be selected to serve as the Chair, Vice Chair, and/or Co-Chairs. 
Individuals will be selected to serve as members of the Committee who 
are familiar with current scientific knowledge in the field of human 
nutrition and chronic disease. Expertise will be sought in specific 
specialty areas that may include but are not limited to cardiovascular 
disease; type 2 diabetes; overweight and obesity; osteoporosis; cancer; 
pediatrics; gerontology; maternal/gestational nutrition; epidemiology; 
general medicine; energy balance, which includes physical activity; 
nutrient bioavailability; nutrition biochemistry and physiology; food 
processing science, safety and technology; public health; nutrition 
education and behavior change; and/or nutrition-related systematic 
review methodology.
    Members will be invited to serve for the duration of the Committee. 
Individuals who are appointed to serve as members of the Committee will 
be jointly agreed upon by the Secretaries of HHS and USDA. All 
appointed members of the 2015 DGAC will be classified as special 
government employees (SGEs).
    Administrative Management and Support. The HHS Assistant Secretary 
for Health and USDA Under Secretaries of the Food, Nutrition, and 
Consumer Services (FNCS) and Research, Education and Economics (REE) 
will provide guidance and oversight for the Committee's function and 
    Management and support services for the 2015 DGAC primarily will be 
provided by Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) 
within the Department of Health and Human Services. The ODPHP is a 
program office within Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health 
(OASH), which is a staff division in HHS Office of the Secretary. 
Responsibility for administrative services will be shared with staffs 
of the USDA FNCS and REE. USDA administrative leadership and Nutrition 
Evidence Library support will come from the Center for Nutrition Policy 
and Promotion within FNCS. REE agencies will provide administrative and 
data analysis support.

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    A copy of the charter for the 2015 DGAC can be obtained from the 
designated contacts. A copy of the charter also will be made available 
on the FACA database after the document is filed with the appropriate 
Congressional committees and the Library of Congress. The FACA database 
is a shared management system that is maintained by the GSA Committee 
Management Secretariat. The Web site for the FACA database is http://fido.gov/facadatabase/.

    Dated: January 30, 2013.
Howard K. Koh,
Assistant Secretary for Health.
[FR Doc. 2013-02502 Filed 2-4-13; 8:45 am]