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HHS - 222 - Board of Scientific Counselors, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry - Authorized by Law


Committee NameBoard of Scientific Counselors, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease RegistryAgency NameDepartment of Health and Human Services
Fiscal Year2004Committee Number222
Original Establishment Date11/17/1962Committee StatusTerminated
Actual Termination Date4/30/2004Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYYesMax Number of Members*11
Current Charter Date7/28/2003Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Associate Administrator for Science
Date Of Renewal Charter Designated Federal Officer PrefixDr.
Projected Termination Date7/28/2004Designated Federal Officer First Name*Robert
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle NameF.
Specific Termination Authority42 U.S.C. 217ADesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Spengler
Establishment Authority*Authorized by LawDesignated Federal Officer SuffixSc.D.
Specific Establishment Authority*42 U.S.C. 217ADesignated Federal Officer Phone*(404) 498-0003
Effective Date Of Authority*11/17/1962Designated Federal Officer Fax*(404) 498-0091
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary Cmte Designated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Type*Continuing
Committee Function*Scientific Technical Program Advisory Board


Agency Recommendation*Terminate
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNo
Legislation Status 
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The purpose of the Board of Scientific Counselors is to determine the extent of danger to the public's health from a release or threat of release of hazardous substances at Superfund or RCRA sites by conducting health assessments and to conduct directly or by grants or contracts, research, experiments, and demonstrations relating to the prevention of human health effects from exposure to toxic substances. The Board supports the Agency's mission and its strategic plans by overseeing the quality of science, programs and priorities that address community exposures to hazardous substances released into the environment. The Board provides a direct avenue through which communities and tribes affected by hazardous waste sites and toxic releases can provide input into agency activities at the sites. The Board also provides an ongoing forum for state and local health department representation and input to ATSDR science, research and programs. The Board recently put into place a workgroup that peer review the ATSDR National Exposure Registry Program. The Board monitors ATSDR environmental public health programs to assess quality, purpose, science, accomplishments and direction.
How is membership balanced?*Balance of the Board represents the sciences with emphasis on environmental and public health. Points of view represent public, private, and academic concerns. In addition, ATSDR works closely with CDC’s Committee Management Office to ensure balance with regard to minorities, race, gender, and geographic representation.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*In Fiscal Year 2004, the Board met one time as the ATSDR BSC before being terminated. The Board provided advice on the direction, quality and scope of ATSDR’s science, research and programs. The Board provided advice and guidance on ATSDR programs to ensure scientific quality, timeliness, utility, and dissemination of results. The Board also provided guidance to help ATSDR work more effectively with its various constituents and to fulfill the agency’s mission in protecting America’s health from toxic exposures. Thus, the Board played an extremely important role in assisting the Agency focus on essential programs and enhancing the science of the Agency.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*ATSDR-mandated responsibilities require review and input from diverse scientific disciplines. This board brings together outstanding experts from several fields, including engineering, environmental chemistry, environmental health, epidemiology, hydrology, industrial hygiene, medicine, pharmacology, and toxicology. This capability, centralized in one Board, does not exist elsewhere in the Department of Health and Human Services.
Why close or partially close meetings?All Board meetings were open to the public.
Recommendation RemarksATSDR Board of Scientific Counselors (BSC) terminated on 5/27/2004 to come into alignment with the consolidation of the NCEH/ATSDR's OD. A single BSC, NCEH/ATSDR was established combining the previous NCEH Advisory Committee to the Director and the ATSDR Board of Scientific Counselors on 5/28/2004.


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*NoAction Reorganize Priorities*No
Outcome Trust In GovernmentNoAction Reallocate ResourcesNo
Outcome Major Policy ChangesNoAction Issued New RegulationsNo
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchNoAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryNoAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionNoAction CommentNA
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsNoGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentNANumber Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*NoDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentNAGrants Review CommentNA
Number Of Recommendations*0Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*No
Number Of Recommendations CommentNAAccess Agency WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented*0.00%Access Committee WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentNAAccess GSA FACA WebsiteNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented*0.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentNAAccess OtherNo
Agency Feedback*NoAccess CommentNA
Agency Feedback Comment*NANarrative Description*The Board was terminated during this fiscal year.
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Payments to Non-Federal Members*$4,000.00Est 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*$78,745.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$0.00
Payments to Consultants*$8,750.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$12,615.00Est 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*$0.00Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$20,117.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Other Costs$9,724.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$0.00
Total Costs$133,951.00Est. Total Next FY*$0.00
Date Cost Last Modified Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*1.00Est Cost Remarks
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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-015944Board of Scientific Counselors, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry2003
 COM-016532Board of Scientific Counselors, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry2002
 COM-017831Board of Scientific Counselors, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry2001
 COM-018695Board of Scientific Counselors, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry2000
 COM-019776Board of Scientific Counselors, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry1999
 COM-020600Board of Scientific Counselors, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry1998
 COM-021444Board of Scientific Counselors, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry1997