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Record of the proceedings : National Center for Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry Board of Scientific Counselors Meeting, May 22-23, 2014, Atlanta, Georgia
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    BSC, NCEH/ATSDR ; Meeting Minutes: NCEH/ATSDR Board of Scientific Counselors ;
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    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Center for Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (NCEH/ATSDR) convened a meeting of the Board of Scientific Counselors (BSC) on May 22-23, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. In accordance with Federal Advisory Committee Act rules and regulations, the Designated Federal Official (DFO) verified that the voting members and Federal Expert members constituted a quorum for the BSC to conduct its business on both days of the meeting. The BSC voting members were reminded of their individual responsibility to identify real or perceived conflicts of interest with any of the agenda items and recuse themselves from participating in or voting on these matters. None of the BSC voting members disclosed any conflicts of interest for the public record. The participants welcomed five new members to their first BSC meeting. Certificates of appreciation were presented to four outgoing BSC members whose terms would expire in June 2014. The DFO called for public comment at all times noted on the published agenda for the May 22-23, 2014 BSC meeting. The NCEH/ATSDR Acting Director covered the following topics in the NCEH/ATSDR’s Office of Director’s (OD) report to the BSC. NCEH/ATSDR OD Highlights • Alignment between NCEH/ATSDR’s environmental public health (EPH) portfolio and CDC’s three strategic directions • Implementation of the NCEH/ATSDR 2014-2016 Strategic Plan and priorities • Recent briefings to Congressional committees as well as Congressional interaction and interest in NCEH/ATSDR’s recent activities • Internal release of the NCEH/ATSDR Diverse Workforce in an Inclusive Workplace Strategic Plan (2013-2015) on the CDC Intranet • Participation in the Congressionally-mandated Capstone Exercise that is held to test the preparedness and response capabilities of all federal agencies • The Clear Writing Summit to assist NCEH/ATSDR staff in improving their written skills in a broad range of communication platforms • Recently published environmental health (EH) articles • The “Working Effectively with Tribal Governments” training course • The year 3 accomplishments of the National Tribal Environmental Health Think Tank • Proposed increases for NCEH and ATSDR in the FY2015 President’s budget • Progress by the CDC Search Committee in selecting a new NCEH/ATSDR Director
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