Overview of Federal Advisory Committees and CDC’s Board of Scientific Counselors, Office of Infectious Diseases (BSC, OID)
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Overview of Federal Advisory Committees and CDC’s Board of Scientific Counselors, Office of Infectious Diseases (BSC, OID)

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      The Board of Scientific Counselors (BSC), Office of Infectious Diseases (OID), is one of CDC’s 22 federal advisory committees, which work to achieve stakeholder and public engagement in CDC’s efforts and commitment to improve people’s health.

      As outlined in its current charter, the BSC, OID advises the Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services; the Director, CDC; the Director, OID (now the Deputy Director for Infectious Diseases); and the Directors of CDC’s three infectious disease national centers (NCEZID, NCHHSTP, and NCIRD) concerning strategies, goals, and priorities for the programs and research within the national centers and monitors the overall strategic direction and focus of OID and the national centers.

      The board comprises 17 non-government voting members (designated special government employees, or SGEs) with expertise across a broad range of infectious diseases and related issues. The board also includes important non-voting members. These include 6 ex officio members from other federal agencies (Food and Drug Administration [1], Department of Defense [1], National Institutes of Health [2], National Vaccine Program Office [1], and U.S. Department of Agriculture [1]), along with 7 liaison representatives from other CDC advisory committees with infectious disease responsibilities (the chair or other designee from ACET, ACIP, CHAC, CLIAC, and HICPAC),* the Mexico Ministry of Health, and the Public Health Agency of Canada. In addition to their participatory roles at BSC, OID meetings, ex officio members and liaison representatives also help communicate issues from and back to their respective organizations/parent committees. Ex officio and liaison representatives are selected and remain on the BSC, OID at the discretion of their organizations/parent committees.


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