Saturday, January 26, 2013

RAC Teleconference on Feb. 4th

The RAC's public meeting in Washington, DC was cancelled due to VA bungling travel arrangements -- again.  The half-day teleconference is being held instead.  The RAC's full public agenda has been postponed to its June meeting in Boston, which will mark a full year since VA last allowed the Committee to meet.



Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses, Notice of Meeting

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) gives notice under the Federal Advisory
Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App. 2, that the Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War
Veterans’ Illnesses will conduct a telephone conference call meeting from 12:30 p.m. to
5:15 p.m. on Monday, February 4, 2013, in Room 23 of the Office of Research and
Development (ORD), 131 M Street, NE, Washington, DC. The toll-free number for the
meeting is (800) 767-1750, and the access code is 44644#. The meeting is open to the

The purpose of the Committee is to provide advice and make recommendations
to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs on proposed research studies, research plans, and
research strategies relating to the health consequences of military service in the
Southwest Asia theater of operations during the Gulf War.
The Committee will discuss its annual report to the Secretary, a 2013 Committee
report, and updates on VA Gulf War research initiatives. The session will also include
discussion of other Committee business and activities.

A 30-minute period will be reserved at 4:45 p.m. for public comments.

Individuals who wish to address the Committee are invited to submit a 1-2 page
summary of their comments for inclusion in the official meeting record. Members of the
public may also submit written statements for the Committee’s review to Dr. Roberta
White by e-mail at

Any member of the public seeking additional information should contact Dr.
White, Scientific Director, at (617) 638-4620 or Dr. Victor Kalasinsky, Designated
Federal Officer, at (202) 443-5682 or by e-mail at

By Direction of the Secretary:
Vivian Drake
Committee Management Officer

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