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Charter : Advisory Board on Radiation and Worker Health
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    August 3, 2013
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    The Advisory Board on Radiation and Worker Health was established under Executive Order 13179, dated December 7,2000, and Public Law 106-398, Section 3624(a)(1). The Board is governed by the provisions of Public Law 92-463, as amended (5 U.S.C. App. 2), which sets forth standards for the formation and use of advisory committees. The President is authorized by Public Law 106-398 to carry out the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act of 2000. Since World War II, many men and women have served in building the Nation's nuclear defense and, in the course of this work, have been exposed to beryllium, ionizing radiation, and other hazards unique to nuclear weapons production and testing. The purpose of the compensation program is to provide for timely, unifonn, and adequate compensation of covered employees and, where applicable, survivors of such employees, suffering from illnesses incurred by such employees in the perfonnance of duty for the Department of Energy (DO E) and certain of its contractors and subcontractors. The Secretaries of Energy, Health and Human Services, and Labor share responsibilities for administering the compensation program. Section 3624 of Public Law 106-398 authorizes the President to establish and appoint an Advisory Board on Radiation and Worker Health, and by Executive Order 13179, the President has designated responsibility for the Board to the Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will select a full-time or permanent parttime Federal employee to serve as the Designated Federal Officer (DFO) to attend each Board meeting and ensure that all procedures are within applicable statutory, regulatory, and HHS General Administration Manual directives. The DFO will approve and prepare all meeting agendas, call all ofthe Board and subcommittee meetings, adjourn any meeting when the DFO determines adjournment to be in the public interest, and chair meetings when directed to do so by the official to whom the Board reports. The DFO or his/her designee shall be present at all meetings ofthe full Board and subcommittees. The frequency of meetings shall be determined by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, CDC, based on agency needs at the call of the DFO, in consultation with the Chair.
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