HHS Tick-Borne Disease Working Group nomination opportunity

ESA encouraged all interested members who work on ticks to consider seeking the Society's nomination for a federal tick-borne disease working group (TBDWG). Members were able to self-nominate directly to HHS per the instructions below, and/or they had an opportunity to apply to seek the Society's formal nomination through December 7.

AGENCY: Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Office of the Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Notice of this opportunity was published in the federal register on November 16, 2018.

BACKGROUND: This notice will serve to announce that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is seeking nominations of non-federal individuals who represent diverse scientific disciplines and views and are interested in being considered for appointment to the Tick-Borne Disease Working Group (Working Group). The Working Group membership provides expertise and reviews all efforts within the Department of Health and Human Services related to all tick-borne diseases, to help ensure interagency coordination and minimize overlap, and to examine research priorities.

The Working Group consists of 14 voting members who represent diverse scientific disciplines and views. The composition includes seven federal members and seven public members. The non-federal public members consist of representatives of the following categories: Physicians and other medical providers with experience in diagnosing and treating tick-borne diseases; scientists or researchers with expertise; patients and their family members; and nonprofit organizations that advocate for patients with respect to tick-borne disease.

Nominations should include:

  • A letter of nomination that clearly states the name and affiliation of the nominee, the basis for the nomination, and a statement from the nominee that indicates that the individual is willing to serve as a member of the Working Group, if selected;
  • The nominator's name, address, and daytime telephone number, and the address, telephone number, and email address of the individual being nominated; and 
  • A current copy of the nominee's curriculum vitae or resume, which must be limited to no more than 10 pages.

Nominations may be submitted to James Berger, MS, MT (ASCP), SBB, Senior Advisor for Blood and Tissue Policy, Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 330 C Street SW, Room L001 Switzer Building, Washington, DC 20201 or in electronic format to tickbornedisease@hhs.govA current copy of the nominee's curriculum vitae or resume, which must be limited to no more than 10 pages.