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Charter : Advisory Board on Radiation and Worker Health

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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 o f advisory committees.

      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).

      Section 4(b) of Executive Order 13179 establishes that the Board shall provide advice to the Secretary, HHS on (I) the development of guidelines to assess the likelihood that an individual with cancer sustained the cancer in the perfonnance of duty at a DOE or an Atomic Weapons Employer (AWE) facility, and methods for arriving at and providing reasonable estimates ofthe radiation doses received by individuals applying for assistance under this program for whom there are inadequate records of radiation exposure; (2) the scientific validity and quality of dose reconstruction efforts perfonned for this program; and (3) upon request by the Secretary, HHS, whether there is a class of employees at any DOE or AWE facility who were exposed to radiation but for whom it is not feasible to estimate their radiation dose, and on whether there is reasonable likelihood that such radiation dose may have endangered the health of members of the class.

      The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will select a full-time or permanent part­ time 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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