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GENERAL INFORMATION

Committee NamePresidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical IssuesAgency NameDepartment of Health and Human Services
Fiscal Year2017Committee Number73519
Original Establishment Date11/24/2009Committee StatusTerminated
Actual Termination Date9/30/2017Committee URL 
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*Yes
Terminated This FYYesMax Number of Members*13
Current Charter Date3/10/2016Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Vacant
Date Of Renewal Charter3/10/2018Designated Federal Officer Prefix
Projected Termination Date9/30/2017Designated Federal Officer First Name*
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityEO 13708, dated 9/30/2015Designated Federal Officer Last Name*Vacant
Establishment Authority*PresidentialDesignated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*EO 13521Designated Federal Officer Phone*Vacant
Effective Date Of Authority*11/24/2009Designated Federal Officer Fax*
Committee Type*ContinuingDesignated Federal Officer Email* 
Presidential*Yes
Committee Function*National Policy Issue Advisory Board
Hide Section - RECOMMENDATION/JUSTIFICATIONS

RECOMMENDATION/JUSTIFICATIONS

Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNo
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*To accomplish its purpose, the Commission (1) identifies and examines specific bioethical, legal, and social issues related to the potential impacts of advances in biomedical and behavioral research, healthcare delivery, or other areas of science and technology; (2) recommends any legal, regulatory, or policy actions it deems appropriate to address these issues; and (3) critically examines diverse perspectives and explore possibilities for useful international collaboration on these issues.
How is membership balanced?*The Commission members are drawn from fields of bioethics, science, medicine, technology, engineering, law, philosophy, theology, or other areas of the humanities or social sciences. At least one, and not more than three, members are bioethicists or scientists drawn from the Executive Branch, as designated by the President.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The Commission meets, at a minimum, four times a year on a quarterly basis. The Chair convenes and presides at the Commission meetings. The meeting agendas are developed by the Chair, in consultation with the Vice Chair and DFO. However, the Commission did not meet in 2017 since the new Presidential Administration did not seek guidance from the Committee.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The advice or information the Commission provides cannot be obtained elsewhere because there is no other source of independent, trans-agency advice on bioethical issues that may emerge as a consequence of advances in biomedicine and related areas of science and technology.
Why close or partially close meetings?N/A
Recommendation RemarksThe Commission was established by a Presidential directive, Executive Order 13521, dated November 24, 2009. Therefore, appropriate action must be taken by the President or agency head to authorize continuation of the Commission. With Executive Order 13811, dated September 29, 2017, the President did not give authority for the Commission to continue to operate after September 30, 2017. Therefore, the Commission has been terminated, and the website is no longer available.
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PERFORMANCE MEASURES

Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*YesAction Reorganize Priorities*No
Outcome Trust In GovernmentYesAction Reallocate ResourcesNo
Outcome Major Policy ChangesYesAction Issued New RegulationsNo
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchYesAction Proposed LegislationYes
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryYesAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionNoAction CommentThe administration has proposed revisions to 45 CPR 46 (human subjects protections) using work of the Bioethics Commission to support numerous proposed revisions. The Commission makes broad recommendations for action by both government and non-government entities. We do not receive specific responses to the recommendations.
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsYesGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentNot ApplicableNumber Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentWe are unable to determine at this time.Grants Review CommentThe Commission is not engaged in the review of applications for grants.
Number Of Recommendations*100Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentDuring FY 2017, the Commission did not produced any new recommendations.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*10.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentApproximately 10% of the recommendations were judged to have been fully implemented by the agency. However, due to the large breadth and complexity of the recommendations, as well as a lack of enough time passed, it is hard to determine which recommendations have been fully implemented solely in response to the Commission’s activities. Also, a number of recommendations are directed to parties outside the government.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*67.00%Access PublicationsYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentApproximately 67% of the recommendations were judged to have been partially implemented by the agency. However, due to the large breadth and complexity of the recommendations, it is hard to determine which recommendations have been partially implemented solely in response to the Commission’s activities. Also, a number of recommendations are directed to parties outside the government. Some of the “partially” implemented recommendations are deemed so due to their ongoing nature (e.g., ethics education and fostering accountability).Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*Not ApplicableAccess CommentNA
Agency Feedback CommentNot ApplicableNarrative Description*The Commission advised the President in accordance with EO 13521 on bioethical issues that may emerge as a consequence of advances in biomedical and related areas of science and technology. The Commission pursued its work with the goal of identifying and promoting policies and practices that ensure scientific research, healthcare delivery, and technological innovation are conducted in an ethically responsible manner.
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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*$566,017.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$0.00
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est 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*$30,000.00Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$10,000.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Other Costs$893,983.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$0.00
Total Costs$1,500,000.00Est. Total Next FY*$0.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*6.00Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.00
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MEMBERS,MEETINGS AND ADVISORY REPORTS

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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-002626Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues2016
 COM-004155Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues2015
 COM-004501Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues2014
 COM-006240Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues2013
 COM-006840Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues2012
 COM-007937Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues2011
 COM-008794Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues2010