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DOD - 386 - Armed Forces Epidemiological Board - Agency Authority
Hide Section - GENERAL INFORMATION

GENERAL INFORMATION

Committee NameArmed Forces Epidemiological BoardAgency NameDepartment of Defense
Fiscal Year2006Committee Number386
Original Establishment Date11/29/1949Committee StatusTerminated
Actual Termination Date9/30/2006Committee URLhttp://www.ha.osd.mil/afeb
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYYesMax Number of Members*20
Current Charter Date3/2/2006Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs (Force Health Protection and Readiness)
Date Of Renewal Charter3/2/2008Designated Federal Officer PrefixMs.
Projected Termination Date3/1/2008Designated Federal Officer First Name*Ellen
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle NameP.
Specific Termination AuthoritySecretary of DefenseDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Embrey
Establishment Authority*Agency AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*Secretary of Defense DeterminationDesignated Federal Officer Phone*(703) 681-1711
Effective Date Of Authority*1/3/1973Designated Federal Officer Fax*(703) 681-3656
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary Cmte Designated Federal Officer Email*ellen.embrey@ha.osd.mil
Committee Type*Continuing
Presidential*No
Committee Function*Scientific Technical Program Advisory Board
Hide Section - RECOMMENDATION/JUSTIFICATIONS

RECOMMENDATION/JUSTIFICATIONS

Agency Recommendation*Terminate
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNo
Legislation Status 
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The current charter assigns the AFEB the responsibility to consider medical issues as they may relate to operations, policy, and research and development, and include, but are not necessarily limited to, preventive medicine, occupational and environmental health, and health promotion programs. The AFEB addresses questions brought before the Board by the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs and the Surgeons General of the Military Services and prepares findings and recommendations based on best available scientific evidence and technological and epidemiological principles while considering military operational concerns for the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs and the Surgeons General of the Military Services.The AFEB meets routinely four times a year with audiences composed of up to 125 Federal and non-Federal attendees. Meeting locations are selected to provide the Board members with first-hand experience of the military operational environment, focused particularly on issues currently before the Board. A variety of questions are addressed to the Board by the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs and the Service Surgeons General on behalf of the Secretary of Defense. Subcommittee meetings are held as required.Board staff perform reviews of the peer reviewed medical literature which is provided as read-aheads for background preparation for deliberations during and after Board meetings. Board subject matter experts are assigned issues and draft recommendations for full Board concurrence.
How is membership balanced?*Potential AFEB members are nominated by the Service Surgeons General and endorsed by the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs and appointed for appointment by the Secretary of Defense and White House. Representatives from the Military Services and Health Affairs through an independent and objective process recommend candidates for nominiation to the Service Surgeons General. Prior to forwarding the nominees for consideration for appointment, the recommended individuals confirm their willingness to serve on the Board and verify that they are not currently serving as a member of any other Federal Advisory Committees. Administration of the appointment is through the Secretary of the Army as Executive Agent for the AFEB. Nominees are continuously solicited by a variety of means, including formal requests for nominations to the Deans of the accredited Schools of Medicine and Public Health in the United States, ongoing nominations from active and former members of the Board and from the Service Surgeons General and their liaisons to the Board. Nominations and selections are based on potential members nationally recognized competence in fields allied to the functions of the Board (providing recommendations on prevention of disease and injury in our military population and their beneficiaries). Diversity in background and geographic home of record is sought. A member is generally appointed to a two-year term and may be reappointed for another term. As part of the appointment process, members complete a financial disclosure report, undergo a security investigation, and complete various related personnel management requirements. Members of the Board normally shall be appointed annually as Federal Government consultants and serve as Special Government Employees of the Department of Defense. Although members are not usually compensated financially for their time, they are reimbursed for travel expenses associated with Board meetings.The nomination committee considers overall Board composition and seeks to ensure the Board is balanced in terms of race, ethnicity, and gender. To ensure credibility and independence of the Board, no more than 25% of members are retired from the military and receiving military retirement pay.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The Board schedules meetings on the third Tuesday and Wednesday of March, June, September and the first Tuesday and Wednesday of December. Special meetings of the Board or Subcommittees of the Board may be held as needed dependent on AFEB business and requests for advice from the Department of Defense. All Board meetings address issues of importance to the Department of Defense. Recent recommendations resulting from meetings addressing immediate issues include recommendations on the deployment related mental health research, the use of adverse childhood events data as a DoD population health metrics, biological warfare countermeasures development, smallpox preparedness, deployment related specimen collection, global emerging infections surviellance and response, and occupational health programs for new force protection technologies.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The AFEB is the only continuing Federal Advisory Committee within DoD that deals exclusively with issues related to health and disease prevention among military members. Providing scientific advise and recommendations to the Secretary of Defense through the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs and the Service Surgeons General, the Board is uniquely positioned to rapidely offer independent expert opinion on health concerns impacting the DoD mission and the service member. For over 50 years, the civilian physicians and scientists who have served on the AFEB have contributed to numerous, significant advances in the prevention and control of diseases and injuries among military men and women. The fruits of their labors have advanced medical science and health for the entire nation. AFEB members are all nationally recognized with competence in fields allied to Board responsibilities. The Board currently considers and makes formal recommendations on approximately 10 issues annually. This service is provided without compensation, requires approximately 30 person days or 240 hours of consultant time per recommendation, and is conservatively estimated to save the Department over $2.9 million. The accomplishments of the AFEB are realized through the selfless dedication of each of the members of the Board, motivated by patriotism, good citizenship, and a sense of public responsibility to the health and welfare of the men and women of our Armed Forces.The ability to seek timely independent scientific advice from a committee of noted experts has and will continue to be both essential and critical in the Department’s efforts to meet our national obligation to protect and conserve the health of military men and women for all future deployments and combat operations.The commitment that the members of the AFEB have to the Department of Defense was exemplified following the terrorist acts of 11 September. Even under the most difficult of circumstances and uncertainty following the events of 11 September, the Board members unanimously supported going forward with the meeting as scheduled the following week and gave selflessly of their time and expertise to support the soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines defending this great nation.
Why close or partially close meetings?For discussion and briefings dealing with classified materials and information for Official Federal Government USE Only.
Recommendation RemarksPrimary POC for the Armed Forces Epidemiological Board:

Roger L. Gibson, PhD, DVM, MPH
Col, USAF, BSC
Executive Secretary, Armed Forces Epidemiological Board
Department of Defense
Armed Forces Epidemiological Board
Skyline 6, Suite 682,
5109 Leesburg Pike
Falls Church, VA 22041-3258
703-681-8014, fax 6063, DSN 761
roger.gibson@amedd.army.mil

The AFEB has its origins in the Board for the Investigation and Control of Influenza and Other Epidemic Diseases in the Army. The Board was conceived at the beginning of World War II and established formally by the Secretary of War on January 11, 1941. When the Board was founded, its mission had the following components: (1) to advise the Surgeon General on matters pertaining to preventive medicine; (2) to be prepared to investigate through laboratory and epidemiological study, outbreaks of infectious disease; and (3) to conduct laboratory and other types of research on the pathogenesis, spread, control, and prevention of diseases of concern to the Army.

In 1946 the Board became known as the Army Epidemiological Board. The Board received its present designation, the AFEB, in 1949 and was given triservice responsibilities in the field of preventive medicine. In 1953, the AFEB was chartered under the Department of Defense. Under its initial charters the AFEB advised the Surgeons General and the Department of Defense, but also conducted and directed specific research programs through its Commissions.

Subsequent to Congressional action sharply limited all advisory committees within the Executive Branch, the AFEB was dissolved on December 31, 1972 and recreated under a revised charter on January 3, 1973. The mission of the AFEB was directed to scientific and technical advice and assistance; the Board's responsibility for the conduct and oversight of field investigations and contract research was eliminated.

The current charter assigns the AFEB the responsibility to consider medical issues as they may relate to operations, policy, and research and development, and include, but are not necessarily limited to, preventive medicine, occupational and environmental health, and health promotion programs. The AFEB prepares findings and makes recommendations based on technological and epidemiological principles to the Secretary of Defense through the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs and the Surgeons General of the Military Services.

The impact of Board recommendations can be immediate and significant. In a series of adopted recommendations on accession health issues, independent and evidence-based analysis by the AFEB allowed barriers in the officer accession process that had existed for over 30 years to be removed. This series of in-depth reviews resulted in elimination of needless screening practices that is projected to save over $6 million annually. By leveraging the expertise of the AFEB to assist the Department in arriving at these accession policy decisions, approximately one year was eliminated from the review and recommendation process and the Department saved an estimated $1.5 million.

NOTE: Subcommittee meetings are held in conjunction with committee meetings and, as such, the costs associated with the subcommittee meetings cannot be separated from the overall costs to committee meetings. Subcommittees provide comments and recommendations to the full AFEB during open session. After deliberation by the full AFEB, formal written comments and recommendations are provided to DoD by the committee. The committee maintains and archives all financial data in accordance with DoD and National Archives and Records Administration standards.
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PERFORMANCE MEASURES

Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*YesAction Reorganize Priorities*Yes
Outcome Trust In GovernmentYesAction Reallocate ResourcesNo
Outcome Major Policy ChangesYesAction Issued New RegulationsYes
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchYesAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryYesAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionNoAction CommentNA
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsNoGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentRecommendations provided to Department of Defense by the Armed Forces Epidemiological Board (AFEB) have led to direct improvements in the health and safety of military service members through enhancements in primary preventive measures such as vaccines, secondary preventive measures such as reengineering periodic health assessments, and tertiary prevention such as improved clinical practice guidelines. As an independent advisory board, the AFEB helps to ensure open discussion on important health issues and improved trust by the public of the Department of Defense's efforts in maximizing the health of military service members. The AFEB helps to advance scientific research by recommending areas of study and reviewing specific research conducted by DoD.Number Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*$1,000,001 - $5,000,000Dollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentThe Board currently considers and makes formal recommendations on approximately 10 issues annually. This service is provided without compensation, requires approximately 30 person days or 240 hours of consultant time per recommendation, and is conservatively estimated to save the Department over $2.9 million.Grants Review CommentNA
Number Of Recommendations*200Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentThe Armed Forces Epidemiological Board, in its current form, has been providing advice and recommendations to the Secretary of Defense, and Secretary of the Army, the Assistant Secretary of Defense and the Military Service Surgeons General. The Board provides between 6 and 10 recomendations per year on health related issues. The recommendations normally result in changes to DoD policy.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*90.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentNAAccess GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*8.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentNAAccess OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentInformation pertaining to this committee is available from the Designated Federal Officer or the GSA's FACA Web Site.
Agency Feedback Comment*The Department of Defense provides periodic updates to the Board regarding the status of actions related to recommendations developed by the Board.Narrative Description*The Armed Forces Epidemiological Board (AFEB) addresses questions brought before the Board by the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs and the Surgeons General of the Military Services on health and medical issues as they relate to operations, policy, and research and development. Questions include, but are not necessarily limited to, preventive medicine, occupational and environmental health, and health promotion programs. The AFEB researches the question and prepares findings and recommendations based on best available scientific evidence and technological and epidemiological principles while considering military operational concerns.
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COSTS

Payments to Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Members*$0.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$110,500.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$0.00
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$66,339.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$6,164.00Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$17,134.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Other Costs$86,297.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$0.00
Total Costs$286,434.00Est. Total Next FY*$0.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*1.60Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.00
Cost RemarksEst Cost Remarks
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Interest Areas

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MEMBERS,MEETINGS AND ADVISORY REPORTS

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SUBCOMMITTEES

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Subcommittees

 
ActionCommittee System IDSubcommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-023454Centers for Deployment Health Public Health Advisory Board2006
 COM-023613Disease Control2006
 COM-023689DoD Task Force on Mental Health2006
 COM-023501DoD-Global Emerging Infections Surveillance and Response Program External Review Board2006
 COM-023319Environmental/Occupational Health2006
 COM-022148Health Promotion and Maintenance2006
 COM-022102Select Subcommittee on Pandemic Influenza Preparedness2006
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CHARTERS AND RELATED DOCS

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DATA FROM PREVIOUS YEARS

Committee

Data from Previous Years

 
ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-013586Armed Forces Epidemiological Board2005
 COM-014942Armed Forces Epidemiological Board2004
 COM-015511Armed Forces Epidemiological Board2003
 COM-016931Armed Forces Epidemiological Board2002
 COM-017379Armed Forces Epidemiological Board2001
 COM-018979Armed Forces Epidemiological Board2000
 COM-019320Armed Forces Epidemiological Board1999
 COM-020867Armed Forces Epidemiological Board1998
 COM-021281Armed Forces Epidemiological Board1997