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HHS - 10766 - Advisory Board on Radiation and Worker Health - Presidential


Committee NameAdvisory Board on Radiation and Worker HealthAgency NameDepartment of Health and Human Services
Fiscal Year2020Committee Number10766
Original Establishment Date10/30/2000Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*Yes
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*20
Current Charter Date3/22/2020Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Public Health Analyst
Date Of Renewal Charter3/22/2022Designated Federal Officer PrefixDr.
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Rashaun
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Roberts
Establishment Authority*PresidentialDesignated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*Sec. 3624 of P.L. 106-398 and Sec. 4 of EO 13179Designated Federal Officer Phone*(513) 533-8346
Effective Date Of Authority*10/30/2000Designated Federal Officer Fax*(513) 328-8136
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary CmteNot ApplicableDesignated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Type*Continuing
Committee Function*Scientific Technical Program Advisory Board


Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNo
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The Advisory Board on Radiation and Worker Health (ABRWH) addresses its statutory responsibilities by holding regular scheduled public meetings to provide consensus review and recommendations on the scientific validity and quality of the agency's completed radiation dose reconstructions for adjudication of cancer-related compensation claims and upon request by the Secretary, HHS; advise the Secretary on whether there is a class of employees at any DOE 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.
How is membership balanced?*As required by statute, the membership of the ABRWH is made up of scientific, medical, and worker perspectives. The President appoints the members to the ABRWH.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The ABRWH was established in 2002 and currently meets 6 times annually, 3 in person and 3 by teleconference. The ABRWH has also established two subcommittees, the Subcommittee for Dose Reconstruction Review (2003) and the Subcommittee on Procedure Review (2009), which meet 2-4 times annually (each). The Board has established 26 Working Groups and a subset of 4-8 of these Groups meet between 1 to 3 times per year. The committee met five times during FY20.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The ABRWH is required by statute under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA) of 2000.
Why close or partially close meetings?The ABRWH does not have closed sessions.
Recommendation RemarksThe Designated Federal Officer is currently serving as the Chair until a Chair is appointed to the Board.


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*NoAction Reorganize Priorities*Yes
Outcome Trust In GovernmentYesAction Reallocate ResourcesYes
Outcome Major Policy ChangesNoAction Issued New RegulationsYes
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchNoAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryYesAction OtherYes
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionYesAction CommentNIOSH has made revisions to a large number of dose reconstruction procedures (site specific and generic) as a result of recommendations/peer review comments and related deliberation of Board Subcommittees and work groups. Regulations in prior years were developed based in part on Board review and comment.
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsYesGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherYesNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentProvides independent policy advice, scientific and technical peer review, and transparency for public stakeholders of a complex technical process which without the ABRWH would be difficult if not impossibe for the agency to achieve.Number Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*NoneDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentNAGrants Review CommentThis is not a grant review committee.
Number Of Recommendations*163Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentRecommendations tracked here address adding or denying the addition of classes to the Special Exposure Cohort Petitions, a statuory charge under EEOICPA. As discussed below, the Board makes other recommendations associated with its reviews of the validity and quality of dose reconstructions that cannot be tracked quantitatively. Also, the Board has made recommendations on all of the regulatory actions taken by HHS under EEOICPA. The Board has made a total of 163 recommendations on SEC petitions since its inception, 2 in FY 2020.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*98.00%Access Committee WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentOne recommendation for the denial of a class to the Special Exposure Cohort (Superior Steel) is presently under consideration by CDC, having been recently received from the ABRWH (October 2020). In addition, two recommendations were reversed by the Secretary subsequent to their approval by the Secretary based on appeals, as discussed below.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*2.00%Access PublicationsYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentIn 2015, the Secretary reversed the HHS decision implementing one Board recommendation (Hooker Electrochemical Corp.) two years after its implementation. In 2016, the Secretary reversed the HHS decision implementing one Board recommendation (Pantex Plant) two years after its implementation. In addition, as discussed above one SEC petition recommendation (October 2020) is presently under consideration by CDC.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentDocuments and meeting transcripts of the Board, its subcommittees and work groups are all posted on the Agency Web site, including reports and analyses produced by the Board's technical support contractor and reports produced by NIOSH at the request of the Board.
Agency Feedback Comment*By copy of correspondence and by verbal direction from the DFO/Executive Secretary to the Board.Narrative Description*The ABRWH, through its statutory responsibilities, provides an independant review of the scientific quality and validity of the NIOSH radiation dose reconstructions for ajudication of Federal cancer-related compensation claims under Part B of the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Act. The ABRWH also provides independent recommendations to the Secretary, HHS on the addition of classes of employees at nuclear weapons production and testing sites to the Special Exposure Cohort, a designation that allows for presumptive compensation for employees with cancer claims determined by DOL to be eligible members of these classes.
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Payments to Non-Federal Members*$58,750.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$79,000.00
Payments to Federal Members*$0.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$860,271.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$770,985.00
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$15,893.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$27,163.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$13,850.00Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$31,922.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$0.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Other Costs$20,461.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$21,610.00
Total Costs$969,225.00Est. Total Next FY*$930,680.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*5.13Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*4.38
Cost RemarksEst Cost Remarks
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Interest Areas

Federal Employment
Medical Education
Occupational Safety and Health
Workforce and Occupations
Health and Health Research
Rehabilitation and Disability


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ActionCommittee System IDSubcommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-031770Subcommittee for Dose Reconstruction Reviews2020
 COM-032332Subcommittee on Procedure Reviews2020


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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-036459Advisory Board on Radiation and Worker Health2019
 COM-034658Advisory Board on Radiation and Worker Health2018
 COM-001921Advisory Board on Radiation and Worker Health2017
 COM-002387Advisory Board on Radiation and Worker Health2016
 COM-003874Advisory Board on Radiation and Worker Health2015
 COM-004691Advisory Board on Radiation and Worker Health2014
 COM-006290Advisory Board on Radiation and Worker Health2013
 COM-006543Advisory Board on Radiation and Worker Health2012
 COM-008171Advisory Board on Radiation and Worker Health2011
 COM-008678Advisory Board on Radiation and Worker Health2010
 COM-010362Advisory Board on Radiation and Worker Health2009
 COM-010678Advisory Board on Radiation and Worker Health2008
 COM-012219Advisory Board on Radiation and Worker Health2007
 COM-012555Advisory Board on Radiation and Worker Health2006
 COM-014128Advisory Board on Radiation and Worker Health2005
 COM-014792Advisory Board on Radiation and Worker Health2004
 COM-016039Advisory Board on Radiation and Worker Health2003
 COM-016417Advisory Board on Radiation and Worker Health2002
 COM-018009Advisory Board on Radiation and Worker Health2001