[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 61 (Friday, March 29, 2013)]
[Pages 19268-19269]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-07367]



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 
    Time and Date: 10:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m., April 25, 2013.
    Place: Audio Conference Call via FTS Conferencing. The USA toll-
free, dial-in number is 1-866-659-0537 and the pass code is 9933701.
    Status: Open to the public, but without an oral public comment 
period. Written comment should be provided to the contact person below 
in advance of the meeting.
    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 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

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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 ORAU and DCAS procedures: OTIB-
0055 (``Conversion from NCRP Report 38 Neutron Quality Factors to ICRP 
Pub. 60''), Program Evaluation Report (PER)-0005 (``Misinterpreted 
Application of the External Dose Factor {Hanford{time} ''), PER 014 
(``Construction Trades Workers''), PER 017 (``Evaluation of Incomplete 
Internal Dose Records from Idaho, Argonne-East and Argonne-West 
National Laboratories''), PER 020 (``Blockson Technical Basis 
Document''), PER 029 (``Hanford TBD Revision''), PER 031 (``Y-12 TBD 
Revisions''), PER 037 (``Ames TBD Revision''), PER 038 (``Hooker 
Electrochemical TBD Revision''), ORAUT-PROC-0044 (``Special Exposure 
Cohort''); DCAS Report 0053 (``Stratified Co-Worker Sets''); 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 wishes to provide comments, written 
comments may be submitted. Any written comments received will be 
provided at the meeting and should be submitted to the contact person 
below in advance of the meeting.
    Contact Person for More Information: Theodore Katz, Designated 
Federal Official, NIOSH, CDC, 1600 Clifton Road, 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.

Elaine L. Baker,
Director, Management Analysis and Services Office, Centers for Disease 
Control and Prevention.
[FR Doc. 2013-07367 Filed 3-28-13; 8:45 am]