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Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 75 / Thursday, April 18, 2013 / Notices to adult health care (for example, preparation readiness or evaluation of transfer). The survey development team is looking for items for which young adults or their parent proxies are generally the best or only judge; for example, the young adult or parent proxy can best say if the provider spent sufficient time with them or explained things in ways they could understand. Existing instruments that have been tested should have a high degree of reliability and validity; and evidence of wide use will be helpful. Dated: April 8, 2013. Carolyn M. Clancy, AHRQ Director. [FR Doc. 2013–08937 Filed 4–17–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4160–90–M DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Solicitation for Nominations for Members of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), HHS. ACTION: Solicits nominations for new members of USPSTF. AGENCY: The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) invites nominations of individuals qualified to serve as members of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF). DATES: All nominations submitted in writing or electronically will be considered for appointment to the USPSTF. Nominations must be received by May 15th of a given year to be considered for appointment to begin in January of the following year. SUMMARY: sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Arrangement for Public Inspection Nominations and applications are kept on file at the Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships, AHRQ, and are available for review during business hours. AHRQ does not reply to individual nominations, but considers all nominations in selecting members. Information regarded as private and personal, such as a nominee’s social security number, home and email addresses, home telephone and fax numbers, or names of family members will not be disclosed to the public (in accord with the Freedom of Information Act, 5 U.S.C. 552(b)(6); 45 CFR 5.67). ADDRESSES: Submit your responses either in writing or electronically to: VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:54 Apr 17, 2013 Jkt 229001 Robert Cosby, ATTN: USPSTF Nominations, Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, 540 Gaither Road, Rockville, Maryland 20850, USPSTFmember nominations@ahrq.hhs.gov. Nomination Submissions Nominations may be submitted in writing or electronically, but must include: (1) The applicant’s current curriculum vitae and contact information, including mailing address, email address, and telephone number, and (2) a letter explaining how this individual meets the qualification requirements and how he/she would contribute to the USPSTF. The letter should also attest to the nominee’s willingness to serve as a member of the USPSTF. AHRQ will later ask persons under serious consideration for USPSTF membership to provide detailed information that will permit evaluation of possible significant conflicts of interest. Such information will concern matters such as financial holdings, consultancies, and research grants or contracts. Nominee Selection Appointments to the USPSTF will be made on the basis of qualifications as outlined below (see Qualification Requirements) and the current expertise needs of the USPSTF. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Robert Cosby at USPSTFmember nominations@ahrq.hhs.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background Under Title IX of the Public Health Service Act, AHRQ is charged with enhancing the quality, appropriateness, and effectiveness of health care services and access to such services. 42 U.S.C. 299(b). AHRQ accomplishes these goals through scientific research and promotion of improvements in clinical practice, including clinical prevention of diseases and other health conditions, and improvements in the organization, financing, and delivery of health care services. See 42 U.S.C. 299(b). The USPSTF, an independent body of experts in prevention and evidencebased medicine, works to improve the health of all Americans by making evidence-based recommendations about the effectiveness of clinical preventive services and health promotion. The recommendations made by the USPSTF address clinical preventive services for adults and children, and include PO 00000 Frm 00058 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 23261 screening tests, counseling services, and preventive medications. The USPSTF was first established in 1984 under the auspices of the U.S. Public Health Service. Currently, the USPSTF is convened by the Director of AHRQ, and AHRQ provides ongoing administrative, research and technical support for the USPSTF’s operation. USPSTF members serve for four year terms. New members are selected each year to replace those members who are completing their appointments. The USPSTF is charged with rigorously evaluating the effectiveness, cost-effectiveness and appropriateness of clinical preventive services and formulating or updating recommendations regarding the appropriate provision of preventive services. See 42 U.S.C. 299b–4(a)(1). AHRQ is charged with supporting the dissemination of USPSTF recommendations. In addition to hard copy materials (that may be obtained from the AHRQ Publications Clearinghouse), current USPSTF recommendations and associated evidence reviews are available on the Internet (www.uspreventiveservices taskforce.org). USPSTF members meet three times a year for two days in the Washington, DC area. A significant portion of the USPSTF’s work occurs between meetings during conference calls and via email discussions. Member duties include prioritizing topics, designing research plans, reviewing and commenting on systematic evidence reviews of evidence, discussing and making recommendations on preventive-services, reviewing stakeholder comments, drafting final recommendation documents, and participating in workgroups on specific topics and methods. Members can expect to receive frequent emails, can expect to participate in multiple conference calls each month, and can expect to have periodic interaction with stakeholders. AHRQ estimates that members devote approximately 200 hours a year outside of in-person meetings to their USPSTF duties. The members are all volunteers and do not receive any compensation beyond support for travel to in person meetings. Nominated individuals will be selected for the USPSTF on the basis of their qualifications (in particular, those that address the required qualifications, outlined below) and the current expertise needs of the USPSTF. It is anticipated that three to four individuals will be invited to serve on the USPSTF beginning in January 2014. All individuals will be considered; however, strongest consideration will be E:\FR\FM\18APN1.SGM 18APN1 23262 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 75 / Thursday, April 18, 2013 / Notices given in 2014 to individuals with demonstrated training and expertise in the areas of behavioral medicine, internal medicine, nursing, obstetrics/ gynecology and pediatrics. AHRQ will retain and may consider nominations received this year and not selected during this cycle for future vacancies. To obtain a diversity of perspectives, AHRQ particularly encourages nominations of women, members of minority populations, and persons with disabilities. Interested individuals can self nominate. Organizations and individuals may nominate one or more persons qualified for membership on the USPSTF at any time. Individuals nominated prior to May 15, 2012, who continue to have interest in serving on the USPSTF, should be re-nominated. Qualification Requirements: To qualify for the USPSTF and support its mission, an applicant or nominee must, at a minimum, demonstrate knowledge, expertise and national leadership in the following areas: 1. The critical evaluation of research published in peer reviewed literature and in the methods of evidence review; 2. Clinical prevention, health promotion and primary health care; and 3. Implementation of evidence-based recommendations in clinical practice including at the clinician-patient level, practice level, and health system level. Some USPSTF members without primary health care clinical experience may be selected based on their expertise in methodological issues such as metaanalysis, analytic modeling or clinical epidemiology. For individuals with clinical expertise in primary health care, additional qualifications in methodology would enhance their candidacy. Additionally, the Task Force benefits from members with expertise in the following areas: • Public health • Health equity and the reduction of health disparities • Application of science to health policy • Communication of scientific findings to multiple audiences including health care professionals, policy makers and the general public. Candidates with experience and skills in any of these areas should highlight them in their nomination materials. Applicants must have no substantial conflicts of interest, whether financial, professional, or intellectual, that would impair the scientific integrity of the work of the USPSTF and must be willing to complete regular conflict of interest disclosures. Applicants must have the ability to work collaboratively with a team of diverse professionals who support the mission of the USPSTF. Applicants must have adequate time to contribute substantively to the work products of the USPSTF. Dated: April 8, 2013. Carolyn M. Clancy, Director. [FR Doc. 2013–08935 Filed 4–17–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4160–90–M DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Administration for Children and Families Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request Title: Descriptive Study of County versus State Administered Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Programs. OMB No.: New Collection. Description: The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) is proposing an information collection activity as part of the Descriptive Study of County and State Administered TANF Programs. The proposed information collection consists of semistructured interviews with key County and State staff on questions of county TANF administration, policies, service delivery, and program context. Through this information collection, ACE seeks to gain an in-depth, systematic understanding of the differences in program implementation, operations, outputs and outcomes between state and county administered TANF programs, and identify special technical assistance needs of state supervised, county administered programs. Respondents: Semi-structured interviews will be held with state and county TANF administrators and staff. ANNUAL BURDEN ESTIMATES Annual Number of respondents Instrument sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES State TANF administrators discussion guide ................................................ State human service department director discussion guide ......................... County TANF administrators discussion guide ............................................. County executives discussion guide ............................................................. County TANF directors’ associations discussion guide ................................ Telephone interview protocol for state TANF directors ................................. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 66. Additional Information: Copies of the proposed collection may be obtained by writing to the Administration for Children and Families, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, 370 L’Enfant Promenade, SW., Washington, DC 20447, Attn: OPRE Reports Clearance Officer. All requests should be identified by the title of the information collection. Email address: OPREinfocollection@acf.hhs.gov. OMB Comment: OMB is required to make a decision concerning the VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:54 Apr 17, 2013 Jkt 229001 Number of responses per respondent Average burden hours per response Annual burden hours 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1.5 1 1.5 0.5 6 6 18 12 9 15 6 6 12 12 6 30 collection of information between 30 and 60 days after publication of this document in the Federal Register. Therefore, a comment is best assured of having its full effect if OMB receives it within 30 days of publication. Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information collection should be sent directly to the following: Office of Management and Budget, Paperwork Reduction Project, Email: OIRA_SUBMISSION@OMB.EOP.GOV, Attn: Desk Officer for the PO 00000 Frm 00059 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 Administration, for Children and Families. Steven M. Hanmer, OPRE Reports Clearance Officer. 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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality


Solicitation for Nominations for Members of the U.S. Preventive 
Services Task Force (USPSTF)

AGENCY: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), HHS.

ACTION: Solicits nominations for new members of USPSTF.

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SUMMARY: The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) invites 
nominations of individuals qualified to serve as members of the U.S. 
Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF).

DATES: All nominations submitted in writing or electronically will be 
considered for appointment to the USPSTF. Nominations must be received 
by May 15th of a given year to be considered for appointment to begin 
in January of the following year.

Arrangement for Public Inspection

    Nominations and applications are kept on file at the Center for 
Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships, AHRQ, and are 
available for review during business hours. AHRQ does not reply to 
individual nominations, but considers all nominations in selecting 
members. Information regarded as private and personal, such as a 
nominee's social security number, home and email addresses, home 
telephone and fax numbers, or names of family members will not be 
disclosed to the public (in accord with the Freedom of Information Act, 
5 U.S.C. 552(b)(6); 45 CFR 5.67).

ADDRESSES: Submit your responses either in writing or electronically 
to:

Robert Cosby, ATTN: USPSTF Nominations, Center for Primary Care, 
Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships, Agency for Healthcare Research 
and Quality, 540 Gaither Road, Rockville, Maryland 20850, 
USPSTFmembernominations@ahrq.hhs.gov.

Nomination Submissions

    Nominations may be submitted in writing or electronically, but must 
include:
    (1) The applicant's current curriculum vitae and contact 
information, including mailing address, email address, and telephone 
number, and
    (2) a letter explaining how this individual meets the qualification 
requirements and how he/she would contribute to the USPSTF. The letter 
should also attest to the nominee's willingness to serve as a member of 
the USPSTF.
    AHRQ will later ask persons under serious consideration for USPSTF 
membership to provide detailed information that will permit evaluation 
of possible significant conflicts of interest. Such information will 
concern matters such as financial holdings, consultancies, and research 
grants or contracts.

Nominee Selection

    Appointments to the USPSTF will be made on the basis of 
qualifications as outlined below (see Qualification Requirements) and 
the current expertise needs of the USPSTF.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Robert Cosby at 
USPSTFmembernominations@ahrq.hhs.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    Under Title IX of the Public Health Service Act, AHRQ is charged 
with enhancing the quality, appropriateness, and effectiveness of 
health care services and access to such services. 42 U.S.C. 299(b). 
AHRQ accomplishes these goals through scientific research and promotion 
of improvements in clinical practice, including clinical prevention of 
diseases and other health conditions, and improvements in the 
organization, financing, and delivery of health care services. See 42 
U.S.C. 299(b).
    The USPSTF, an independent body of experts in prevention and 
evidence-based medicine, works to improve the health of all Americans 
by making evidence-based recommendations about the effectiveness of 
clinical preventive services and health promotion. The recommendations 
made by the USPSTF address clinical preventive services for adults and 
children, and include screening tests, counseling services, and 
preventive medications.
    The USPSTF was first established in 1984 under the auspices of the 
U.S. Public Health Service. Currently, the USPSTF is convened by the 
Director of AHRQ, and AHRQ provides ongoing administrative, research 
and technical support for the USPSTF's operation. USPSTF members serve 
for four year terms. New members are selected each year to replace 
those members who are completing their appointments.
    The USPSTF is charged with rigorously evaluating the effectiveness, 
cost-effectiveness and appropriateness of clinical preventive services 
and formulating or updating recommendations regarding the appropriate 
provision of preventive services. See 42 U.S.C. 299b-4(a)(1). AHRQ is 
charged with supporting the dissemination of USPSTF recommendations. In 
addition to hard copy materials (that may be obtained from the AHRQ 
Publications Clearinghouse), current USPSTF recommendations and 
associated evidence reviews are available on the Internet 
(www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org).
    USPSTF members meet three times a year for two days in the 
Washington, DC area. A significant portion of the USPSTF's work occurs 
between meetings during conference calls and via email discussions. 
Member duties include prioritizing topics, designing research plans, 
reviewing and commenting on systematic evidence reviews of evidence, 
discussing and making recommendations on preventive-services, reviewing 
stakeholder comments, drafting final recommendation documents, and 
participating in workgroups on specific topics and methods. Members can 
expect to receive frequent emails, can expect to participate in 
multiple conference calls each month, and can expect to have periodic 
interaction with stakeholders. AHRQ estimates that members devote 
approximately 200 hours a year outside of in-person meetings to their 
USPSTF duties. The members are all volunteers and do not receive any 
compensation beyond support for travel to in person meetings.
    Nominated individuals will be selected for the USPSTF on the basis 
of their qualifications (in particular, those that address the required 
qualifications, outlined below) and the current expertise needs of the 
USPSTF. It is anticipated that three to four individuals will be 
invited to serve on the USPSTF beginning in January 2014. All 
individuals will be considered; however, strongest consideration will 
be

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given in 2014 to individuals with demonstrated training and expertise 
in the areas of behavioral medicine, internal medicine, nursing, 
obstetrics/gynecology and pediatrics. AHRQ will retain and may consider 
nominations received this year and not selected during this cycle for 
future vacancies.
    To obtain a diversity of perspectives, AHRQ particularly encourages 
nominations of women, members of minority populations, and persons with 
disabilities. Interested individuals can self nominate. Organizations 
and individuals may nominate one or more persons qualified for 
membership on the USPSTF at any time. Individuals nominated prior to 
May 15, 2012, who continue to have interest in serving on the USPSTF, 
should be re-nominated.
    Qualification Requirements: To qualify for the USPSTF and support 
its mission, an applicant or nominee must, at a minimum, demonstrate 
knowledge, expertise and national leadership in the following areas:
    1. The critical evaluation of research published in peer reviewed 
literature and in the methods of evidence review;
    2. Clinical prevention, health promotion and primary health care; 
and
    3. Implementation of evidence-based recommendations in clinical 
practice including at the clinician-patient level, practice level, and 
health system level.
    Some USPSTF members without primary health care clinical experience 
may be selected based on their expertise in methodological issues such 
as meta-analysis, analytic modeling or clinical epidemiology. For 
individuals with clinical expertise in primary health care, additional 
qualifications in methodology would enhance their candidacy.
    Additionally, the Task Force benefits from members with expertise 
in the following areas:
     Public health
     Health equity and the reduction of health disparities
     Application of science to health policy
     Communication of scientific findings to multiple audiences 
including health care professionals, policy makers and the general 
public.
    Candidates with experience and skills in any of these areas should 
highlight them in their nomination materials.
    Applicants must have no substantial conflicts of interest, whether 
financial, professional, or intellectual, that would impair the 
scientific integrity of the work of the USPSTF and must be willing to 
complete regular conflict of interest disclosures.
    Applicants must have the ability to work collaboratively with a 
team of diverse professionals who support the mission of the USPSTF. 
Applicants must have adequate time to contribute substantively to the 
work products of the USPSTF.

    Dated: April 8, 2013.
Carolyn M. Clancy,
Director.
[FR Doc. 2013-08935 Filed 4-17-13; 8:45 am]
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