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1 October 2008

[Federal Register: October 1, 2008 (Volume 73, Number 191)]
[Page 57104]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access []



National Biodefense Science Board; Notification of a Public 

AGENCY: Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the 

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: As stipulated by the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the U.S. 
Department of Health and Human Services is hereby giving notice that 
the National Biodefense Science Board (NBSB) will be holding a public 
teleconference. The meeting is open to the public.

DATES: The NBSB will hold a public teleconference on October 14, 2008. 
The teleconference will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. EST. Public 
Conference Call-in Number is available by contacting CAPT Leigh Sawyer 
(see below). Participants will be asked to provide their name, title, 
and organization.

ADDRESSES: The conference will be conducted by phone.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public wishing to 
obtain general information concerning this public teleconference should 
contact CAPT Leigh A. Sawyer, D.V.M., M.P.H., Executive Director, 
National Biodefense Science Board, Office of the Assistant Secretary 
for Preparedness and Response, U.S. Department of Health and Human 
Services, e-mail at:

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Pursuant to section 319M of the Public 
Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 247d-7f) and section 222 of the Public 
Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 217a), the Department of Health and Human 
Services established the National Biodefense Science Board. The Board 
shall provide expert advice and guidance to the Secretary on 
scientific, technical, and other matters of special interest to the 
Department of Health and Human Services regarding current and future 
chemical, biological, nuclear, and radiological agents, whether 
naturally occurring, accidental, or deliberate. The Board may also 
provide advice and guidance to the Secretary on other matters related 
to public health emergency preparedness and response.
    Background: The purpose of the October 14, 2008 teleconference is 
to discuss recommendations from the Personal Preparedness Working Group 
and to ensure the public is provided opportunity to be involved in the 
deliberative process of the Board on personal preparedness issues that 
will specifically impact the Nation. The recommendations will include 
suggestions for evaluation of the pre-positioning of Med-Kits for use 
following an exposure to anthrax. A special meeting of the Board is 
being convened to assure that the public is given the opportunity to 
provide comments on the proposed recommendations. There will be time 
for members of the public to present their comments to the Board on 
this subject matter.
    Availability of Materials: The agenda and other materials will be 
posted on the NBSB Web site at
index.html prior to the meeting.
    Procedures for Providing Public Input: Interested members of the 
public may submit relevant written or oral information for the NBSB to 
    Oral Statements: In general, individuals or groups requesting an 
oral presentation at a public NBSB teleconference will be limited to 
three minutes per speaker, with no more than a total of 20 minutes for 
all speakers. To be placed on the public speaker list, you should 
notify the operator when you enter the call-in number.

    Dated: September 26, 2008.
William C. Vanderwagen,
Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, U.S. Department of 
Health and Human Services.
[FR Doc. E8-23144 Filed 9-29-08; 11:15 am]