Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Nominations for CFSAC due

Note: From the CFSAC listserv-

Reminder:  nominations for CFSAC members are due by 5pm ET on Oct. 28.

The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH), within the
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), is seeking nominations
of qualified candidates to be considered for appointment as a member
of the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Advisory Committee (CFSAC).   CFSAC
provides advice and recommendations to the Secretary of HHS, through
the Assistant Secretary for Health (ASH), on a broad range of issues
and topics related to myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic  fatigue
syndrome (ME/CFS).  The appointments of several Committee members are
scheduled to end during the 2014 calendar year.  Nominations of
qualified candidates are being sought to fill the positions that are
scheduled to be vacated.  The Committee composition consists of seven
scientists with demonstrated expertise in biomedical research
applicable to ME/CFS, four individuals with demonstrated expertise in
health care delivery, private health care services or insurers, or
voluntary organizations concerned with the problems of individuals
living with ME/CFS.   The vacant positions cover all of these
categories.  To qualify for consideration of appointment to the
Committee, an individual must possess demonstrated experience and
knowledge in the designated fields or disciplines, as well as expert
knowledge of the broad issues and topics pertinent to ME/CFS.

Individuals selected for appointment to the Committee will serve as
voting members and can be invited to serve terms of up to four years.
As Special Government Employees, committee members receive a stipend
for attending Committee meetings.  Committee members also are
authorized to receive per diem and reimbursement for travel expenses
incurred for conducting Committee business.

Nomination materials should be typewritten, 12-point type, and
double-spaced.  If mailed, please submit original documents.  The
nomination materials should be submitted (postmarked or received) no
later than 5:00p.m. ET on the date specified under DATES.  The
following information must be part of the nomination package submitted
for each individual being nominated:  (1)  a letter of nomination that
clearly states the name and affiliation of the nominee, the basis for
the nomination (i.e., specific attributes which qualify the nominee
for service in this capacity), and a statement that the nominee is
willing to serve as a member of the Committee; (2) the nominator's
name, address, and daytime telephone number, and the home and/or work
address, telephone number, and e-mail address of the individual being
nominated; and (3) a current copy of the nominee's resume or
curriculum vitae.  Federal employees should not be nominated for
consideration of appointment to this Committee.  An individual may
self-nominate.

The Department makes every effort to ensure that the membership of
Federal advisory committees is fairly balanced in terms of points of
view represented and the committee's  function.  Every effort is made
to ensure that a broad representation of geographic areas, females,
ethnic and minority groups, and people with disabilities are given
consideration for membership on Federal advisory committees.
Appointment to this Committee shall be made without discrimination on
the basis of age, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation,
disability, and cultural, religious, or socioeconomic status.
Nominations must state that the nominee is willing to serve as a
member of CFSAC and appears to have no conflict of interest that would
preclude membership.  Potential candidates are required to provide
detailed information concerning such matters as financial holdings,
consultancies, and research grants or contracts for an ethics analysis
to be conducted to identify potential conflicts of interest.

ELECTRONIC SUBMISSIONS:  Nomination materials, including attachments,
may be submitted electronically to cfsac@hhs.gov.  Telephone and
facsimile submissions cannot be accepted.

DATES:  Applications for individuals to be considered for appointment
to the Committee must be received no later than 5 p.m. ET on October
28, 2013 at the address listed below.

ADDRESSES:  All nominations should be mailed or delivered to Martha
Duncan Bond, Alternate Designated Federal Officer, Chronic Fatigue
Syndrome Advisory Committee, Office  on Women's Health, Office of the
Assistant Secretary for Health, Department of Health and Human
Services, 200 Independence Avenue, SW, Room 719E, Washington, DC
20201. Nomination materials, including attachments, may be submitted
electronically to cfsac@hhs.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION  CONTACT:  Martha Duncan Bond, Alternate
Designated Federal Officer, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Advisory
Committee, Office on Women's Health, Office of the Assistant Secretary
for Health, Department of Health and Human Services, 200 Independence
Ave., SW, Room 719E, Washington, DC 20201.  Inquiries may also be made
to cfsac@hhs. gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:   CFSAC was established on September 5,
2002.  The purpose of the CFSAC is to provide advice and
recommendations to the Secretary ofHHS, through the ASH, on issues
related to ME/CFS.  CFSAC advises and makes recommendations on a broad
range of topics including:  (1)  the current state of knowledge and
research; the relevant gaps in knowledge and research about the
epidemiology, etiologies, biomarkers, and risk factors relating to
ME/CFS; and potential opportunities in these areas;  (2)  impact and
implications of current and proposed diagnostic and treatment methods
for ME/CFS;  (3)  development and implementation of programs to inform
the public, health care professionals, and the biomedical, academic,
and research communities about ME/CFS advances; and  (4)  strategies
to improve the quality of life of ME/CFS patients. Management and
support services for Committee activities are provided by staff from
the Office on Women's Health, which is a program office within the
OASH.  The CFSAC charter is available at
http://www.hhs.gov/advcomcfs/charter/index.html.

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