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HHS - 10712 - Board of Scientific Counselors National Center for Health Statistics - Authorized by Law
Hide Section - GENERAL INFORMATION

GENERAL INFORMATION

Committee NameBoard of Scientific Counselors National Center for Health StatisticsAgency NameDepartment of Health and Human Services
Fiscal Year2020Committee Number10712
Original Establishment Date1/19/2001Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URLhttp://www.cdc.gov/nchs/about/bsc.htm
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*15
Current Charter Date1/19/2019Designated Fed Officer Position Title*National Center for Health Statistics, DFO BSC
Date Of Renewal Charter1/19/2021Designated Federal Officer Prefix
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Sayeedha
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Uddin
Establishment Authority*Authorized by LawDesignated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*42 U.S.C. section 217aDesignated Federal Officer Phone*301-458-4303
Effective Date Of Authority*11/17/1962Designated Federal Officer Fax*301-458-4192
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary CmteNot ApplicableDesignated Federal Officer Email*isx9@cdc.gov
Committee Type*Continuing
Presidential*No
Committee Function*Scientific Technical Program Advisory Board
Hide Section - RECOMMENDATION/JUSTIFICATIONS

RECOMMENDATION/JUSTIFICATIONS

Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNot Applicable
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The Board accomplishes its purpose through three face-to-face meetings per year. Two of the meetings were virtual in FY20. The full Board meetings include updates regarding NCHS activities since the previous meeting. Additionally, the board provides discussion on and guidance to the program divisions on issues with which NCHS programs are facing such as managing declining response rates for its surveys, securing data within the Research Data Center, addressing data needs for relevant health issues (such as the opioid epidemic), changing methods of data collection (EHR Data Collections) for the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NAMCS) and the National Hospital Care Survey (NHCS); enhancing vital statistics data collection; dissemination of data and data products related to the PCORTF funded projects on opioids; selection of key health indicators for the NHIS Early Release program; addressing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on NCHS data collection systems.
How is membership balanced?*The membership (fifteen persons) for the Board is balanced in several ways: disciplines, geography, gender, racial/ethnic background.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The Board meets three times a year. In FY 20, meetings were held in January, May, and September. Two of the meetings were virtual. Members received overviews from the Director of NCHS about the current programs, data releases, and initiatives of NCHS. The meetings addressed current issues facing NCHS and the Board raised questions and offered guidance and recommendations on how to best address these issues.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*Scientific advice from this Board contributes significantly to program planning and conduct of NCHS research programs and activities; further, the Board's advice will assure that NCHS responds to legislative mandates and meet the needs of the Department, the Center’s numerous constituents, and other Federal collaborators. Continuing external advice on the overall direction of NCHS and on the scope and content of its data gathering and dissemination activities will assist in implementing a more integrated and effective health data system. Acquiring this advice on a case-by-case basis is time-consuming and arduous and limits opportunities for advisors to comment systematically on the full array of NCHS activities and means to create or maintain linkages when necessary. NCHS staff, because they are so intimately involved in the day-to-day activities associated with survey methodology and data gathering, cannot provide necessary unbiased advice, nor can they fairly represent the needs of stakeholders and collaborators.
Why close or partially close meetings?N/A
Recommendation RemarksNo formal reports are required in the charter; the committee provides advice and recommendations through various means other than formal reports.
Hide Section - PERFORMANCE MEASURES

PERFORMANCE MEASURES

Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*YesAction Reorganize Priorities*Yes
Outcome Trust In GovernmentYesAction Reallocate ResourcesYes
Outcome Major Policy ChangesNoAction Issued New RegulationsNo
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchYesAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryNoAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionYesAction CommentNA
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsNoGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentNANumber Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentNAGrants Review CommentBSC, NCHS currently is not a grant review committee
Number Of Recommendations*82Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentThe Board made 34 new recommendations this fiscal year: one recommendation to establish a workgroup on the NAAMCS survey design and data collection, one recommendation to establish a workgroup on survey design and data presentation, 7 relating to addressing non-response bias in the NHIS, 6 relating to addressing non-response bias in NHANES, 7 aimed at improving opioid-involved health care data, 7 relating to NAMCS design and data collection, 3 relating to the restart of NHANES, one recommending the continuation of the Population and Health Survey Planning, Methodology and Data Presentation Workgroup to provide input on mitigation strategies to challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic , and one recommending the continuation of the NAMCS Workgroup to provide input to the BSC on supporting the implementation of the changes to NAMCS.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*74.40%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented Comment1) A workgroup was established to examine non-response in NCHS surveys, the Population Health, Survey Planning, Methodology and Data Presentation Workgroup (PHSMPDP)
2) PHSMPDP Workgroup was continued
3) A workgroup was established to examine the NAMCS redesign
4) NAMCS Workgroup was continued
5) Seven recommendations relating to addressing non-response bias in the NHIS
6) Six recommendations relating to addressing non-response bias in NHANES
7) Seven recommendations aimed at improving opioid-involved health care data
8) Establishment of a workgroup to examine non response bias in NCHS surveys is in progress
9) all of the recommendations for the key health indicators for the NHIS Early Release program are being considered for the next Early Release program.
1) A workgroup was formed to examine the key health indicators for the NHIS early release program 2) 4 of 5 recommendations relating to the use of literal text information on death certificate data for identification of drugs in opioid deaths 3) Health, US underwent redesign during FY19 and released an abbreviated chartbook for 2018
Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*11.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentProgress is underway on the following recommendations: 1) 7 recommendations on the redesign of NAMCS 8) 2 recommendations regarding the restart of NHANESAccess OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentN/A
Agency Feedback Comment*Report at future meetingsNarrative Description*The BSC provides advice and recommendations regarding scientific and technical program goals, objectives, strategies, and priorities. It advises and provides guidance on statistical and epidemiological research and activities on a full range of issues such as determinants of health, mortality and natality, health status, and trends in prices, costs, and sources of payments. The BSC keeps abreast of emerging approaches to monitoring key public health, health policy, and other policy changes and encourages NCHS to take advantage of opportunities to improve or augment its practices and procedures. The BSC reviews the NCHS research agenda, advises on development of research initiatives (both intramural and extramural), and provides second-level policy review for extramural research projects.
Hide Section - COSTS

COSTS

Payments to Non-Federal Members*$16,000.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$26,500.00
Payments to Federal Members*$0.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$110,774.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$114,097.00
Payments to Consultants*$1,500.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$3,750.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$13,274.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$18,657.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$0.00Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$0.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Other Costs$132,222.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$286,860.00
Total Costs$273,770.00Est. Total Next FY*$449,864.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.60Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.60
Cost RemarksEst Cost Remarks
Hide Section - Interest Areas

Interest Areas

Category
Area
Health
Hospitals
Hide Section - MEMBERS,MEETINGS AND ADVISORY REPORTS

MEMBERS,MEETINGS AND ADVISORY REPORTS

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Hide Section - CHARTERS AND RELATED DOCS

CHARTERS AND RELATED DOCS

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Hide Section - DATA FROM PREVIOUS YEARS

DATA FROM PREVIOUS YEARS

Committee

Data from Previous Years

 
ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-036648Board of Scientific Counselors National Center for Health Statistics2019
 COM-034862Board of Scientific Counselors National Center for Health Statistics2018
 COM-001928Board of Scientific Counselors National Center for Health Statistics2017
 COM-002378Board of Scientific Counselors National Center for Health Statistics2016
 COM-003822Board of Scientific Counselors National Center for Health Statistics2015
 COM-004448Board of Scientific Counselors National Center for Health Statistics2014
 COM-006106Board of Scientific Counselors National Center for Health Statistics2013
 COM-006567Board of Scientific Counselors National Center for Health Statistics2012
 COM-007978Board of Scientific Counselors National Center for Health Statistics2011
 COM-008761Board of Scientific Counselors National Center for Health Statistics2010
 COM-010345Board of Scientific Counselors National Center for Health Statistics2009
 COM-010697Board of Scientific Counselors National Center for Health Statistics2008
 COM-012144Board of Scientific Counselors National Center for Health Statistics2007
 COM-012854Board of Scientific Counselors National Center for Health Statistics2006
 COM-013971Board of Scientific Counselors National Center for Health Statistics2005
 COM-014763Board of Scientific Counselors National Center for Health Statistics2004
 COM-016047Board of Scientific Counselors National Center for Health Statistics2003
 COM-016729Board of Scientific Counselors National Center for Health Statistics2002
 COM-017872Board of Scientific Counselors National Center for Health Statistics2001