Statement of Organization, Functions, and Delegations of Authority, 70049-70057 [2013-27088]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 226 / Friday, November 22, 2013 / Notices skin notation (SK) assignments for the following chemicals: Document Substance(s) B–01 ...... Allyl glycidyl ether (CAS# 108– 92–3). 2-Diethylaminoethanol (CAS# 100–37–8). Methyl isocyanate (CAS# 624– 83–9). 2-Ethoxyethyl acetate (CAS# 111–15–9). Propargyl alcohol (CAS# 107–19– 7). Ethyl acrylate (CAS# 140–88–5). Isophorone diisocyanate (CAS# 4098–71–9). Nitrobenzene (CAS# 98–95–3). Phenylhydrazine (CAS# 100–63– 0). 2-Mercaptobenzothiazole (CAS# 149–30–4). Aniline (CAS# 62–53–3). Captafol (CAS# 2425–06–1). Dinitro-o-cresol (CAS# 534–52– 1). Aldrin (CAS# 309–00–2). Dieldrin (CAS# 60–57–1). Parathion (CAS# 56–38–2). Nicotine (CAS# 54–11–5). Azinphos-methyl (CAS# 86–50– 0). Endrin (CAS# 72–20–8). Methyl parathion (CAS# 298–00– 0). Phorate (CAS# 298–02–2). Phosdrin (CAS# 7786–34–7). TEDP (CAS# 3689–24–5). TEPP (CAS# 107–49–3). Chlordane (CAS# 57–74–9). B–02 ...... B–03 ...... B–04 ...... B–05 ...... B–06 ...... B–07 ...... B–08 ...... B–09 ...... B–10 ...... B–11 ...... B–12 ...... B–13 ...... B–14 B–15 B–16 B–17 B–18 ...... ...... ...... ...... ...... B–19 ...... B–20 ...... B–21 B–22 B–23 B–24 B–25 ...... ...... ...... ...... ...... Each Skin Notation Profile provides a detailed summary of the health hazards of skin contact and rationale for the proposed SK assignment with the chemical(s)-of-interest. Dated: November 14, 2013. John Howard, Director, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. [FR Doc. 2013–28019 Filed 11–21–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4163–19–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Centers for Disease Control and Prevention emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with NOTICES Statement of Organization, Functions, and Delegations of Authority Part C (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) of the Statement of Organization, Functions, and Delegations of Authority of the Department of Health and Human Services (45 FR 67772–76, dated October 14, 1980, and corrected at 45 FR 69296, October 20, 1980, as amended VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:47 Nov 21, 2013 Jkt 232001 most recently at 78 FR 63982–63983, dated October 25, 2013) is amended to reorganize the Office of Surveillance, Epidemiology and Laboratory Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Section C–B, Organization and Functions, is hereby amended as follows: Delete in its entirety the titles and functional statements for the Office of Surveillance, Epidemiology and Laboratory Services (CP) and insert the following: Office of Public Health Scientific Services (CP). The Office of Public Health Scientific Services (OPHSS) is to lead, promote, and facilitate science, standards and policies to reduce the burden of diseases in the United States and globally. Office of the Director (CPA). (1) Serves as the principal advisor to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director on informatics issues; (2) assists the CDC Director in formulating and communicating strategic initiatives and policies involving health statistics, informatics, surveillance, epidemiology and laboratory practices; (3) represents the CDC Director externally on key informatics issues; (4) provides strategic leadership to the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) and the Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology and Laboratory Services (CSELS); (5) ensures agency-wide strategic approaches to informatics, surveillance, data access, workforce development and laboratory practices; (6) identifies approaches for increasing the use of electronic health records (EHRs) as part of an integrated strategy for public health surveillance; (7) leads efforts to improve public health data access and analytical methods; (8) leads the development of an efficient, sustainable and integrated network of public health laboratories; (9) leads efforts to prepare the public health workforce to meet present and anticipate future challenges; (10) facilitates relevant and meaningful collaborations across NCHS and CSELS; and (11) ensures the timely availability of statistical health information. Health Information Technology and Surveillance Strategy Unit (CPA3). As the OPHSS’ primary focal point, the unit leads collaborative activities at multiple levels and with multiple partners to ensure CDC maintains a leadership role in the development of strategy, policy, future solutions and issues relating to improvements in integrating health information technology (HIT), public health surveillance and biosurveillance strategies with the ultimate goal of PO 00000 Frm 00038 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 70049 strengthening public health. This unit: (1) Leads and manages a network of intersects with CDC’s key state, territorial, local and tribal (STLT) partner organizations and their members through routine work groups and collaboration forums to collaboratively develop solutions in the areas of HIT, public health surveillance and biosurveillance to strengthen public health at the federal and STLT levels; (2) leads and manages CDC’s interactions with other federal agencies to ensure CDC maintains its leadership role in the areas of HIT, public health surveillance and biosurveillance, including representing CDC on the Department of Homeland Security’s National Biosurveillance Integration Oversight Committee, the White House National Security Staff’s SubInteragency Policy Committee on Biosurveillance and management of a federal Biosurveillance Work Group resulting in CDC’s coordinated input into federal government wide policies, initiatives and products; (3) serves as the primary point of contact for CDC health HIT activities with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services; (4) leads and manages a network of intersects within CDC to ensure initiatives and activities are coordinated and complimentary in the areas of HIT, public health surveillance and biosurveillance to include the management of the CDC’s EHR Forum, the Biosurveillance Leadership Team, and the OPHSS/Office of Infectious Diseases monthly leadership meeting; (5) leads the work, education, communication and coordinated activities necessary to ensure CDC is involved in and contributes to electronic health information exchange, specifically, Meaningful Use (MU) through the convening of EHR/MU advisory groups, the provision of appropriate technical assistance to CDC programs and STLT partners, the convening of national communities of practice (with ONC), and the education of CDC programs on EHR/MU; (6) maintains leadership and consultation to various federal advisory committees; and (7) maintains and utilizes the National Public Health Surveillance and Biosurveillance Registry for Human Health, which catalogs CDC surveillance-related systems, programs, collaboratives, registries, and tools, and provides reports from the Registry to support and promote coordinated actions and efficiencies in surveillance activities throughout the Agency. E:\FR\FM\22NON1.SGM 22NON1 emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with NOTICES 70050 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 226 / Friday, November 22, 2013 / Notices Delete in its entirety the titles and functional statements for the Laboratory Science Policy and Practice Program Office (CPG), Epidemiology and Analysis Program Office (CPK), Scientific Education and Professional Development Program Office (CPI) and the Public Health Surveillance and Informatics Program Office (CPM). After the National Center for Health Statistics (CPC), insert the following: Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology and Laboratory Services (CPN). The primary mission of the Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology and Laboratory Services (CSELS) is to provide scientific service, expertise, skills, and tools in support of CDC’ national efforts to promote health; prevent disease, injury and disability; and prepare for emerging health threats. Office of the Director (CPN1). (1) Manages, directs, coordinates, and evaluates the activities of the Center; (2) develops goals and objectives and provides leadership, policy formation, scientific oversight, and guidance in program planning and development; (3) develops strategic planning and briefing materials; (4) reviews and evaluates programmatic data to identify options for enhancing program effectiveness; (5) coordinates activities related to longand short-range health communications plans; (6) provides and coordinates business, policy, and communication and information technology (IT) activities for the Center; (7) manages, develops, plans, coordinates, edits and produces the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) series of publications including the MMWR Recommendations and Reports, CDC Surveillance Summaries, and Annual Summary of Notifiable Diseases; (8) manages the CDC Vital Signs program; (9) serves as primary liaison with the Office of State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support relating to Center activities at the state and local levels; (10) collaborates, as appropriate, with other CDC Centers/Institute/Offices (CIOs) other Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) agencies, and other federal agencies; (11) provides leadership on genomics activities and planning; (12) manages and coordinates program and laboratory integration opportunities for the Center; and (13) identifies program priorities through strategic planning and other processes as appropriate. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Activity (CPN12). (1) Manages the MMWR series of publications including the MMWR Recommendations and Reports, CDC Surveillance Summaries, and Annual Summary of Notifiable Diseases; and (2) VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:47 Nov 21, 2013 Jkt 232001 develops, plans, coordinates, edits, and produces the MMWR series, including the MMWR Recommendations and Reports, CDC Surveillance Summaries, and Annual Summary of Notifiable Diseases. Vital Signs Activity (CPN13). (1) Manages the CDC Vital Signs program, which offers recent data and calls to action for important public health issues; (2) produces CDC Vital Signs which includes an MMWR Early Release, a fact sheet and Web site, a media release, and a series of announcements via social media tools; and (3) leads an agency-wide call to action each month concerning a single, important public health topic. Policy Activity (CPN14). (1) Serves as the Center liaison to HHS and Congressional offices; (2) analyzes bills and other legislative activities; (3) develops, reviews and finalizes Congressional testimony and briefing documents; (4) coordinates budget formulation and performance planning; (5) supports the Center’s divisions through developing appropriate policy capacity; (6) manages cross-cutting policy issues within the Center and as appropriate, with other CIO and Office of the Director (OD) offices within CDC; (7) coordinates with the Center director and management officer the formulation of the Center budget; (8) liaises with the CDC Office of the Associate Director for Policy on Congressional, legislative, and other inquiries; (9) maintains liaison with Congress on matters including appropriations, legislative bill tracking, and legislative requests, testimony for hearings, congressional inquiries, etc.; (10) develops policy- and programrelated materials and talking points; (11) oversees the preparation and routing of controlled correspondence; (12) maintains liaison with key CDC offices and individuals working on public health policies and legislative issues; (13) serves as liaison to governmental and nongovernmental partners on policy-related issues; (14) oversees priority issues management and proactive and reactive strategic media efforts; and (15) conducts environmental analysis in response to short-term issues to be shared with leadership and program managers. Office of Public Health Genomics (CPN15). (1) Integrates genomics responsibly and effectively into health care and disease prevention; (2) serves CDC programs, other federal agencies, state health departments, and other external partners by identifying, evaluating, and implementing evidencebased genomics practices to prevent and control the country’s leading chronic, infectious, environmental, and PO 00000 Frm 00039 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 occupational diseases; (3) supports policy, education, and surveillance framework to promote effective implementation of evidence-based recommendations for genomic tests and family health history applications that can save lives now, and those applications that will emerge in the next decade and beyond; (4) fosters public health genomics programs at the state and national level by providing ongoing consultation and tools to state health departments, CDC programs, and other stakeholders to share successful approaches to promote the appropriate use of genomic tests; (5) evaluates key emerging genomic applications with the potential to impact population health; (6) supports the Evaluation of Genomic Applications in Practice and Prevention Working Group in the development of an evidence framework for introducing whole genome sequencing into practice, assessing the role of genomics and family history in recommendations for colorectal cancer screening; identifies new emerging genomic applications with the potential to impact population health through horizon scanning and evidence summaries of validity and utility; and communicate evidencebased messages through wellestablished communications channels, including the Office of Public Health Genomics’ (OPHG) Genomics and Health Impact Update & Blog, CDC Expert Commentary Series on Medscape, OPHG Web site, publications, and other means. Communications Activity (CPN16). (1) Formulates strategic media objectives for advancing program priorities and addressing identified long-range issues; (2) oversees th0 implementation of strategic media plans through several functional areas; (3) develops and implements all proactive media outreach and reactive media responses for the Center: (4) provides media training and technical assistance, as appropriate; (5) serves as liaison to key offices for obtaining CDC and HHS media clearance on products/activities; (6) serves as the principal advisor to Center on communication and marketing science, research and practice; (7) provides oversight to ensure the quality and science of health communication and marketing campaigns and products; (8) coordinates activities related to long- and shortrange health communications plans; (9) develops web strategies and support; and (10) facilitates strategies and plans for utilization of virtual conference and training platforms. Informatics Innovation Unit (CPN17). (1) Advances the field of public health informatics for CSELS and the Agency E:\FR\FM\22NON1.SGM 22NON1 emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 226 / Friday, November 22, 2013 / Notices through applied research and innovation; (2) collaborates with members of CDC programs as well as the broader public health community to develop innovative technologies and techniques to positively impact public health practice; (3) transitions new informatics solutions, standards, and techniques to th(i appropriate public health programs for deployment and implementation; (4) provides CDC and its external research and public health partners, consultation, evaluation, guidance, support (including innovative web activities) and insight into the use of new informatics solutions for public health practice; (5) provides consultation to CDC programs for innovative solutions and lab infrastructure for research and development to support innovative program-driven solutions; (6) leverages its resources to rapidly create prototypes and examine hypotheses generated by CSELS, CDC, and its external research’ and public health partners; (7) conducts pilot projects to test and evaluate efficacy of hypotheses generated by CSELS, CDC, and its external research and public health partners (e.g., further public health—clinical decision support integration); (8) provides CSELS and CDC an optimal (i.e. flexible and scalable) environment for the rapid development of prototype and pilot public health informatics solutions for collaboration, testing and evaluation purposes; (9) participates and represents CDC within innovation committees, workgroups, organizations, and councils, within CDC and with other federal agencies as well; (10) facilitates public health informatics innovation within the public health community, through partner outreach and collaboration, using crowdfunding, challenge grants, and other novel costefficient mechanisms; (11) performs relevant knowledge dissemination to CDC and its partners via multiple modalities, including presentations, manuscripts, and web-based content; (12) provides education to fellows, colleagues, and partners on tools, techniques, and methodologies; and (13) provides regular updates to CSELS leadership as to the status of all projects in the technology lab. Business Management Office (CPN18). (1) Provides leadership, oversight, and guidance in the management and operations of Center program offices and divisions; (2) plans, coordinates, and provides administrative management support, advice, and guidance to divisions, involving the areas of fiscal management, procurement, property management, personnel, travel, and VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:47 Nov 21, 2013 Jkt 232001 other administrative services; (3) coordinates the development of the Center’s annual budget request; (4) conducts management analyses ensure optimal utilization of resources and accomplishment of program objectives; (5) plans, allocates, and monitors program resources; (6) liaises and collaborates with other CDC components and external organizations in support of operations; (7) works closely with other federal agencies involved with program interagency agreements; (8) coordinates requirements relating to procurement, grants, cooperative agreements, materiel management, and interagency agreements; (9) provides fiscal management and stewardship of grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements; (10) develops and implements administrative policies, procedures, and operations, as appropriate for the Center and divisions, and prepares special reports and studies, as required, in the administrative management areas; (11) ensures Center and divisions adhere to the Agency’s security guidance, regulations and best practices; (12) provides expertise and support to the Center and divisions in the areas of portfolio management, project execution, and leadership; (13) coordinates all enterprise-wide IT security policies and procedures with the Office of the Chief Information Security Officer; (14) ensures operations are in accordance with CDC Capital Planning and Investment Control guidelines; (15) ensures adherence to CDC enterprise architecture guidelines and standards; and (16) consults with users to determine IT needs and to develop strategic a action plans. Program Integration Activity (CPN19). (1) Provides coordination internally and externally to help ensure that the Center’s organizations are current in emergency preparedness and response capabilities through information dissemination, and planning; (2) links relevant strategies and priorities of the Center’s divisions; (3) facilitates ongoing implementation of surveillance, epidemiology, laboratory and public health workforce development activities across the divisions and interfaces with other CDC CIOs; (4) provides planning and coordination of overall surveillance strategies, preparedness, response and prevention effectiveness related to a center-wide public health scientific agenda and in quantifying how programs and activities promote costeffective and high impact prevention strategies; (5) ensures multidisciplinary approach to epidemiology, statistics, informatics, laboratory methods and PO 00000 Frm 00040 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 70051 evaluation; and (6) ensures appropriate integration of the Center’s priority initiatives. Division of Laboratory Programs, Standards and Services (CPNB). The mission of the Division of Laboratory Programs, Standards and Services (DLPSS) is to provide leadership, support and cross-cutting services to continuously strengthen the quality of laboratory science, policy and practice at CDC and in the United States (U.S.). DLPSS strives to strengthen state and local public health laboratories’ ability to perform their critical role in protecting the public’s health. In carrying out this mission, DLPSS: (1) Fosters connectivity and collaboration across the laboratory community; (2) enhances integration of laboratory science practice and informatics into public health and patient care; (3) develops standards to enhance the performance of public health laboratory systems; (4) increases opportunities for the improving the quality of public health laboratory practices and services; (5) increases the capacity of the laboratory workforce; and (6) fosters a culture of efficiency and excellence. Office of the Director (CPNB1). (1) Provides leadership and guidance on strategic planning and implementation, program priority setting, and policy development, to advance the mission of the division, the Center and CDC; (2) develops goals, objectives, and budget, monitors progress and allocation of resources, and reports accomplishments, future directions, and resource requirements; (3) directs and provides public health vision for laboratory science; (4) assists CDC labs in operating as ‘‘one-CDC’’ for lab science, research, policy and practice; (5) conducts research for quality improvement laboratory I practice to establish evidence-based recommendations on best practices, reference materials and intervention to improve the integration of laboratory medicine into health care and public health; (6) collaborates with subjectmatter experts to integrate technical content with cutting-edge instructional design concepts to effectively transfer laboratory skills and new methodologies; (7) collaborates with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to communicate regulatory requirements for laboratory developed tests and in-vitro diagnostics to CDC laboratories and assists them in meeting these requirements; (8) ensures compliance with federal regulations for the possession, use and transfer of select agents and toxins within CDC’s registered laboratories and supporting space; (9) safeguards valuable biological E:\FR\FM\22NON1.SGM 22NON1 emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with NOTICES 70052 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 226 / Friday, November 22, 2013 / Notices samples, collected agency studies, outbreaks, and research projects to help address future public health needs; (10) oversees and manages training and the Intuitional Biosecurity Board to support the implement of Dual Use Research of Concern oversight at CDC; (11) collaborates with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to develop regulatory standards for the Clinical Improvement Amendments (CLIA) program; (12) advises the Center OD on matters relating to laboratory science and coordinates division responses to requests for technical assistance or information on activities supported by the division; (13) develops and produces guidance documents to meet the needs of internal and external partners, division programs, and mission; and (14) represents the division at official professional and scientific meetings, both within and outside of CDC. Business Management Activity (CPNB12). (1) Provides leadership, oversight, and guidance in the management and operations of the DLPSS programs; (2) plans, coordinates, and provides administrative management support, advice, and guidance to DLPSS, involving the areas of fiscal management, procurement, property management, personnel, travel, and other administrative services; (3) coordinates the development of the DLPSS annual budget request; (4) conducts management analyses of DLPSS programs and staff to ensure optimal utilization of resources and accomplishment of program objectives; (5) plans, allocates, and monitors DLPSS resources; (6) maintains liaison and collaborates with other CDC components and external organizations in support of DLPSS management and operations; (7) works closely with other federal agencies involved with DLPSS interagency agreements; (8) coordinates DLPSS requirements relating to procurement, grants, cooperative agreements, materiel management, and interagency agreements; (9) provides fiscal management and stewardship of grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements; and (10) develops and implements administrative policies, procedures, and operations, as appropriate for DLPSS, and prepares special reports and studies, as required, in the administrative management areas. Laboratory Services and Compliance Branch (CPNBB). (1) Provides scientific consultation, training, and technical assistance on federal safety regulations and requirements to CDC laboratories and program staff; (2) ensures implementation of federal safety regulations and requirements across VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:47 Nov 21, 2013 Jkt 232001 CDC laboratories; (3) provides agency oversight and coordination of policies and practices of dual-use research and concern; (4) provides agency oversight and coordination of specimen inventory management to improve support for CDC research and laboratory operations; (5) maintains compliance with the Select Agent rule (42 CFR Part 73) for Select Agents housed within the CDC; and (6) provides coordination of policies and practices and technical support to CDC laboratories of overarching quality management issues and compliance with FDA regulations pertaining to laboratory diagnostics. Laboratory Training Branch (CPNBC). (1) Provides advanced laboratory training to maintain a competent, prepared, and sustainable national and global laboratory workforce; (2) analyzes, designs, develops, and implements effective needs-based training pertaining to public health laboratory methodology and technology; (3) evaluates the efficiency and effectiveness of public health laboratory education and training for state and local public health, clinical, military, CDC, and other federal agency laboratorians; (4) evaluates the effectiveness and measures the outcomes of all training to ensure a high quality product for all end users; (5) provides technical support and administration coordination for the American Public Health Laboratories (APHL) cooperative agreement with CDC; (6) provides cross-agency and external stakeholder coordination on interoperability of laboratory information management systems; and (7) provides guidance and support regarding laboratory informatics, including systems and data exchange to stakeholders at local, state, federal, and global levels. Laboratory Practice Standards Branch (CPNBD). (1) Encourages the establishment and adoption of mandatory and voluntary standards for laboratory practice; (2) assists CMS in the implementation of the CLIA; (3) coordinates and conducts standards development, validation, and review activities that provide support to CMS in its development and revision of the CLIA standards and guidelines; (4) provides technical assistance to CMS in its review of laboratory accreditation programs, state laboratory licensure programs, and proficiency testing programs; (5) provides technical assistance to CMS in responding to inquiries, especially pertaining to issues relating to testing complexity, personnel, quality control/quality assessment, and proficiency testing; (6) evaluates the applicability of CLIA PO 00000 Frm 00041 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 quality standards to new laboratory technology and methodologies and, when necessary, assists in the establishment of appropriate alternative quality assurance measures; (7) performs review of CMS’ guidelines for CLIA program implementation and oversight; (8) provides scientific support for issues relative to the development and implementation of cytology standards; (9) assists in the development and review of voluntary laboratory performance standards and guidelines; (10) disseminates information about laboratory standards and practices; (11) provides materials, forums, briefings, and assistance to CDC and external organizations in the interpretation, understanding, and implementation of the CLIA regulations; and (12) collaborates with other components of CDC in carrying out the above functions. Laboratory Research and Evaluation Branch (CPNBE). (1) Encourages the establishment and adoption of performance standards for laboratory practice; (2) develops, evaluates, and implements systems for measuring and assessing laboratory quality; (3) facilitates and conduct research and demonstration projects to support the scientific development of performance standards, evaluation systems, and regulatory standards, and assesses the efficacy of established standards; (4) develops, promotes, implements, and evaluates intervention strategies to correct general performance deficiencies in health laboratory systems and worker competencies; (5) provides a forum for exchange of information about laboratory practice and research and development activities to promote the coordination of federal, state, and clinical laboratory improvement efforts; (6) coordinates and conducts activities that provide technical and scientific support to CMS in its evaluation, development, and revision of standards and guidelines; (7) monitors and evaluates current and emerging practices in genomics to improve quality and promote access to genetics testing; and (8) collaborates with other components of the CDC in carrying out the above functions. Division of Epidemiology, Analysis and Library Services (CPNC). The primary mission of the Division of Epidemiology, Analysis and Library Services (DEALS) is to collaborate with our CDC and state and local public health partners to create and promote quality, timely and useful cross-cutting scientific products and services in order to strengthen the science of public health and ultimately to improve public health decision-making. In carrying out its mission, DEALS: (1) Provides E:\FR\FM\22NON1.SGM 22NON1 emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 226 / Friday, November 22, 2013 / Notices leadership and overall direction for execution of programs that support the development and dissemination of epidemiological resources and analytical methods for improving population health; that identify what works in community preventive services and that serve as a hub of research, information exchange, and learning for the CDC community; (2) establishes division goals, objectives and priorities and assures alignment with the Center’s and CDC goals, objectives and priorities; (3) provides leadership and guidance for a portfolio of projects and activities that address cross cutting topics including measurement of population health and health disparities, assessment of health and economic impact, analytic data management, software development for epidemiologic investigations, and systematic reviews of community preventive services; (4) supports the development and dissemination of publications and reports on cross cutting topics and community preventive services; (5) provides access to literature and science databases, and reference and systematic review support; (6) monitors progress in implementation of division projects and activities that support the achievement of CDC and the Center’s goals, objectives, and priorities; (7) provides oversight and approval of scientific products including manuscripts, Web sites, databases, reports, and other documents; (8) assures compliance with all federal rules and regulations regarding research with human subjects and the use of published literature; (9) develops curriculum, training, and consultation services for CDC and other federal and non-federal partners to foster the development of skills in epidemiologic and analytic methodologies, systematic reviews, library sciences, and information literacy; and (10) provides division level management, administration, support services, and coordinates with appropriate offices on program and administrative matters. Office of the Director (CPNC1). (1) Provides leadership and guidance on strategic planning and implementation, program priority setting, and policy development, to advance the mission of the division, the Center and CDC; (2) develops goals, objectives, and budget; monitors progress and allocation of resources, and reports accomplishments, future directions, and resource requirements; (3) develops, implements and evaluates long term research and programmatic agendas for analytic methods development, the Community Guide, and library services; VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:47 Nov 21, 2013 Jkt 232001 (4) facilitates scientific, policy, communication, technology, and program collaboration among divisions and centers, and between CDC and other federal/non-federal partners; (5) promotes advancement of science throughout the division, supports program evaluation, and ensures that research meets the highest standards in the field; (6) provides expertise and consultation in analytic and systematic review methods, and library sciences to planning, projects, policies and program activities; (7) advises the Center OD on matters relating to analytic methods development, the Community Guide, and library services; and coordinates division responses to requests for technical assistance or information on activities supported by the division; (8) develops and produces communications tools and public affairs strategies to meet the needs of division programs and mission; and (9) represents the division at official professional and scientific meetings, both within and outside of CDC. Analytic Tools and Methods Branch (CPNCB). (1) Supports the development and dissemination of epidemiologic resources and analytic tools and methods for improving population health, including but not limited to measurement of population health and health disparities, assessment of health and economic impact, community health needs assessment and improvement, data management and analytic capacity building, and epidemiological software for data collection, management, and analysis; (2) supports and conducts applied research in collaboration with CDC scientists that expands the scope of analytic methods capabilities and public health science; (3) coordinates CDC access to large complex health related data sets; (4) provides assistance and consultation on analytic methods, analytic data management, and analysis of complex data to other units within CDC; (5) participates with CDC and other federal and non-federal partners in developing indicators, methods, and statistical procedures for assessing and monitoring the health of communities and measuring the effectiveness of community interventions; (6) develops, maintains, and improves epidemiologic tools for data collection, data management, and data analysis, including Epi Info; (7) provides training, technical assistance, and support to public health partners and entities using Epi Info for outbreak investigations, studies, and surveillance; (8) collaborates with national and global partners to promote inter-operability of PO 00000 Frm 00042 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 70053 public health tools for outbreak management, surveillance, and research applications; and (9) participates with CDC and other federal and non-federal partners in developing indicators, methods, and statistical procedures for measuring and reporting health disparities. Community Guide Branch (CPNCC). (1) Convenes and supports the independent Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF); (2) oversees production of the systematic reviews that serve as the foundation for CPSTF findings and recommendations; (3) coordinates and manages large and diverse teams of internal and external partners in the systematic review process; (4) participates with other CDC programs, HHS, and non-governmental partners in developing and/or refining methods for conducting systematic reviews; (5) assists CDC and other federal and non-federal partners in understanding, using, and communicating methods for conducting systematic reviews; (6) produces and promotes the use of the Guide to Community Preventive Services (aka Community Guide); (7) communicates the Community Guide reviews, recommendations, and research needs in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine and the MMWR publications as well as via other journals, books, documents, the world wide Web, and other media; (8) participates with other CDC programs, HHS and nongovernmental partners in disseminating Community Guide reviews, recommendations, and research needs to appropriate audiences throughout the U.S. health care and public health systems, and their multisectoral partners; (9) participates with other CDC programs, HHS, and other federal and non-governmental partners in developing policies, and processes for referencing Community Guide findings in research and programmatic funding announcements, with the aim of increasing use of Community Guide findings and filling evidence gaps; (10) participates with other CDC programs, HHS, and nongovernmental partners in developing and/or refining methods for implementing Community Guide recommendations; (11) provides consultations for implementing Community Guide recommended strategies; (12) participates in the development of national and regional public/private partnerships to enhance prevention research and the translation of evidence into policy and action; (13) assists CDC and other federal and nonfederal partners in linking reviews of evidence to guidelines development E:\FR\FM\22NON1.SGM 22NON1 emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with NOTICES 70054 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 226 / Friday, November 22, 2013 / Notices and/or program implementation; and (14) designs and conducts programmatic, process and outcome evaluation strategies for all stages of development and diffusion of the Community Guide. Library Science and Services Branch (CPNCD). (1) Delivers credible, timely information from scientific and health literature to CDC scientists through the provision of library operations; information, reference, and research services, education and outreach services, knowledge management, systems, and technology support, marketing of services and outreach activities and administrative services; (2) maintains state-of-the-art library and information systems and discovery tools to deliver efficient and timely access to books, journals, data, and services; (3) monitors and evaluates usage of services and resources to optimize collections; (4) develops and offers training supporting scientific endeavors and research administration; (5) develops, curates, and sustains archives of public health information to document CDC’s role in key public health missions; and (6) works collaboratively with public health partners to increase access to evidence-based literature and in support of the public health workforce. Division of Scientific Education and Professional Development (CPND). The primary mission of the Division of Scientific Education and Professional Development (DSEPD) is to provide leadership in public health training and education and manage evidence-based programs to prepare the health workforce to meet public health challenges of the 21st century. In carrying out its mission, DSEPD: (1) Plans, directs and manages programs that develop the future public health workforce and support the existing workforce; (2) provides leadership in scientific approaches to education of the workforce, including quality assurance, technical consultation and evaluation of scientific workforce development and education; and (3) provides leadership to coordinate CDC and partner strategic workforce initiatives to increase capability of existing workforce, expand pipeline programs to recruit new talent, and strengthen systems to support the workforce. Office of the Director (CPND1). (1) Provides leadership and overall direction for DSEPD; (2) develops goals and objectives, and provides leadership, policy formation, scientific oversight, and guidance in scientific education and professional development program planning and development; (3) plans, coordinates, and develops workforcerelated research plans for DSEPD; (4) VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:47 Nov 21, 2013 Jkt 232001 ensures adherence and provides training to DSEPD on CDC and HHS sciencerelated policies; (5) oversees and manages DSEPD clearance process for scientific, technical, and programmatic documents; (6) coordinates all DSEPD program reviews; (7) reviews, prepares, coordinates, and develops Congressional testimony and briefing materials; (8) assists DSEPD programs in establishing performance metrics and coordinates quarterly reviews with programs to ascertain status on meeting of the metrics; (9) coordinates DSEPD budget formulation/negotiation related to program initiatives and goals management; (10) identifies relevant scanning/benchmarking on scientific education and professional development processes, services, and products; (11) provides leadership and guidance on new developments and national trends for public health workforce education and training; (12) establishes policies and standards for public health education and training activities/initiatives, including but not limited to, competency development, quality assurance, and evaluation, and works collaboratively within DSEPD and other components of CDC to ensure their implementation and adoption; (13) manages pilot fellowship programs in early stages of development, as needed; (14) develops and manages unified DSEPD-wide administrative systems and advocates and supports the commitment of resources to application development; (15) coordinates management information systems, including the Fellowship Management System (FMS), and analyses of data for improved utilization of DSEPD resources; and (16) directs systems analysis and design, programming, and systems training as it relates to implementation of new and existing administrative, management, and executive information systems. Program and Workforce Activity (CPND12). (1) Provides leadership to coordinate CDC and partner strategic workforce initiatives to increase capability of existing workforce, expand pipeline programs to recruit new talent, and strengthen systems to support the workforce; (2) plans, directs, and manages workforce pipeline programs targeting elementary through undergraduate level students, intended to increase the number of individuals aware of and choosing a career in public health; (3) sponsors complementary activities to train teachers to develop lesson plans of public health significance for middle and high school students; (4) fosters closer linkages between academia and public health PO 00000 Frm 00043 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 practice; (5) provides technical consultation to academic institutions regarding improvement of their experiential learning opportunities; (6) supports and provides oversight for cooperative agreements with academic partner organizations (e.g., Association of Schools of Public Health, Association of American Medical Colleges, Association for Prevention Teaching and Research, American Association of Colleges of Nursing) to enhance development of public health and health professionals skilled in improving the health of populations; (7) works with partners in academia, state and local health agencies, public health and health professional organizations to address public health educational needs, including developing population health competencies for academia to improve health professional education (e.g., schools of medicine, nursing, and public health); and (8) supports translation of lessons learned among academic institutions, e.g., through toolkits or workshops. Business Management Activity (CPND13). (1) Provides leadership, oversight, and guidance in the management and operations of DSEPD programs; (2) plans, coordinates, and provides administrative management support, advice, and guidance to DSEPD involving the areas of fiscal management, procurement, property management, personnel, travel, and other administrative services; (3) coordinates with DSEPD/OD, the Human Resources Office, the Procurement and Grants Office, and the Office of the Chief Financial Officer on administrative guidance and oversight in the areas of personnel, procurement, budget, travel, and other administrative services; (4) coordinates the development of the DSEPD annual budget request; (5) conducts management analyses o DSEPD programs and staff to ensure optimal utilization of resources and accomplishment of program objectives; (6) plans, allocates, and monitors DSEPD resources; (7) maintains liaison and collaborates with other CDC components and external organizations in support of DSEPD management and operations; (8) works closely with other federal agencies involved with DSEPD interagency agreements; (9) coordinates DSEPD requirements relating to procurement, grants, cooperative agreements, materiel management, and interagency agreements; (10) provides fiscal management and stewardship of grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements; and (11) develops and implements administrative policies, E:\FR\FM\22NON1.SGM 22NON1 emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 226 / Friday, November 22, 2013 / Notices procedures, and operations, as appropriate for DSEPD, and prepares special reports and studies, as required, in the administrative management areas. Educational Design, Consultation, and Accreditation Branch (CPNDB). (1) Plans, directs, and manages training design, development, consultation, and accreditation activities for entry level public health professionals and the existing public health workforce; (2) develops educational research agenda and conducts educational research to identify best practices and methods for developing the public health workforce; (3) develops evidence-based policies and standards for public health education and training activities/ initiatives, including but not limited to, competency development, quality assurance, and evaluation, and provides technical assistance within DSEPD and other components of CDC to ensure their implementation and adoption; (4) develops and implements a crosscutting framework for planning and evaluating fellowship training programs that is responsive to the needs of CDC’s internal workforce and to the needs of DSEPD’s external partners; (5) develops and maintains appropriate liaisons with all fellowship programs in DSEPD, and provides technical assistance to other programs across the Agency to ensure the development of rigorous educational programs based on the science of adult learning and educational psychology; (6) facilitates a cross-cutting approach and sharing of educational/evaluation lessons learned and tools across DSEPD programs, as well as other programs across the agency; (7) provides leadership in planning and implementation of the educational component of the complex, integrated FMS to ensure data requirements are consistent with the evaluation framework, to capture educational outcomes of fellowships; (8) provides consultation, guidance, and technical assistance to course developers, incorporating principles of learning theory to ensure consistent design and delivery of accredited educational activities; (9) maintains knowledge of continuing education standards and applies quality assurance practices required to uphold national accreditations; (10) assesses need and demand for additional accreditations to support professional license and certification needs of technical and professional staff within the health workforce; (11) develops and maintains internal and external partnerships to foster best practices in the design and delivery of educational activities and training; (12) maintains knowledge of VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:47 Nov 21, 2013 Jkt 232001 information technology and learning standards as they apply to education and training to demonstrate and promote compliance and best practices by CDC programs; (13) applies the principles of instructional systems design and learning theory to design, develop, deliver, and evaluate informational and instructional products; (14) implements and maintains the CDC Training and Continuing Education Online web-based accreditation and registration system; (15) maintains and updates the CDC Learning Connection (including CDC TRAIN), an online portal that stores and delivers high quality public health training products and resources from one central location at CDC to all members of the public health community; (16) adapts information systems and processes to reflect current best practices and adherence to accreditation requirements; and (17) provides technical assistance and guidance to learners to ensure accreditation and learner support. Epidemiology Workforce Branch (CPNDC). (1) Plans, directs, and manages CDC-wide training and service programs for teaching and training future public health professionals, and supports the existing workforce in applied epidemiology, including but not limited to the Epidemic Intelligence Service Program; (2) establishes and implements overall policies, plans, and procedures, and evaluates the effectiveness of fellowship program activities, including monitoring the completion of program activities by EIS officers (EISOs) and evaluating the quality of assignments through site visits and by maintaining liaison with supervisors of EISOs within CDC and in field assignments; (3) coordinates the assignment and deployment of EISOs in response to natural disasters, terrorist events, and other large scale public health emergencies; (4) provides technical assistance, consultation, resources, and training for DSEPD, other components of CDC, and the broader health workforce (e.g., state/local workers), including, but not limited to the development and dissemination of standard curricula, training, and related materials, in epidemiology; (5) maintains liaison with alumni within and outside CDC to assist with training, recruitment, and promotional activities; (6) responds to domestic and international requests for assistance and consultation (e.g., Epi-Aids); (7) maintains liaison with other governmental agencies, academic institutions and organizations, state and local health agencies, private health PO 00000 Frm 00044 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 70055 organizations, professional organizations, and other outside groups; (8) assumes an active national and international leadership role in applied epidemiology training; and (9) collaborates, as appropriate, with the CDC/OD, other CIOs, and domestic and international agencies to carry out the functions of the branch. Health Systems Integration Workforce Branch (CPNDD). (1) Plans, directs, and manages CDC-wide training and service programs for teaching and training future public health professionals, and supports the existing workforce in applied public health sciences, including but not limited to the Preventive Medicine Residency/ Fellowship, Public Health Informatics Fellowship, Prevention Effectiveness Fellowship, and the Presidential Management Fellows Program; (2) operates and maintains an accredited preventive medicine residency program for physicians in CDC through the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education and a complementary fellowship program for public health veterinarians; (3) establishes and implements overall policies, plans, and procedures, and evaluates the effectiveness of fellowship program activities, including monitoring the completion of program activities by fellows/residents and evaluating the quality of assignments through site visits by maintaining liaison with supervisors of fellows/residents within CDC and in field assignments; (4) coordinates the assignment and deployment of fellows/residents in response to natural disasters, terrorist events, and other large scale public health emergencies; (5) provides technical assistance, consultation, resources, and training for DSEPD, other components of CDC, and the broader health workforce (e.g., state/local workers), including, but not limited to the development and dissemination of standard curricula, training, and related materials, in preventive medicine, informatics, prevention effectiveness and leadership/management and policy; (6) maintains liaison with alumni within and outside CDC to assist with training, recruitment, and promotional activities; (7) responds to domestic and international requests for assistance and consultation (e.g., Info-Aids, EconAids); (8) maintains liaison with other governmental agencies, academic institutions and organizations, state and local health agencies, private health organizations, professional organizations, and other outside groups; (9) assumes an active national and international leadership role in applied E:\FR\FM\22NON1.SGM 22NON1 emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with NOTICES 70056 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 226 / Friday, November 22, 2013 / Notices public health sciences training in preventive medicine, public health informatics, prevention effectiveness, and leadership/management, and policy; and (10) collaborates, as appropriate, with the CDC/OD, other CIOs, and domestic and international agencies to carry out the functions of the branch. Division of Health Informatics and Surveillance (CPNE). The mission of the Division of Health Informatics and Surveillance (DHIS) is to advance the science and practice of public health informatics and surveillance. In carrying out its mission, DHIS: (1) Serves as a focal point at CDC for addressing common issues and advancing best practices in the fields of public health informatics and surveillance, and (2) manages public health surveillance systems with cross-cutting utility for multiple CDC programs. The disciplines of public health informatics and surveillance are strongly inter-related. Informatics addresses the collection, classification, storage, and retrieval and dissemination of recorded knowledge. Surveillance involves the collection, management, analysis, interpretation, and dissemination of information about the health of populations in order to inform and guide public health programs. DHIS strives to improve the usefulness and the impact of public health surveillance and to improve information and knowledge management across the public health enterprise information technology and health information exchange, in public health informatics and surveillance. Office of the Director (CPNE1). (1) Identifies and disseminates evidencebased information regarding best practices for public health surveillance and information management; (2) plans, directs, enhances and collaboratively supports national surveillance programs and information technology initiatives to include Biosense and National Notifiable Disease Surveillance System (NNDSS), improving the nation’s capability to monitor disease and provide public health situational awareness; (3) contributes to surveillance and informatics functions that are part of CDC’s public health preparedness and response activities; (4) promotes a multidisciplinary approach (epidemiology, statistics, informatics, program evaluation, economic, qualitative, etc.) to assure that CDC surveillance and information systems serve public health program objectives; (5) coordinates the establishment and maintenance of select internal CDC processes for decision-making regarding shared surveillance and informatics policies, practices, standards, and VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:47 Nov 21, 2013 Jkt 232001 services that have applicability throughout CDC; (6) collaborates and coordinates with all CDC organizations on informatics and HIT issues and the interrelationships between informatics and IT services; (7) plans, directs, enhances and collaboratively supports national information technology and surveillance initiatives that support the nation’s capability to monitor disease and provide public health situational awareness; (8) develops, recommends or implements policies and procedures relating to information management, informatics resource management, support services, and surveillance as appropriate; (9) facilitates coordination of informatics and surveillance activities across local, state, and federal jurisdictions/agencies; (10) contributes to informatics and surveillance functions that are part of CDC’s public health preparedness and response activities; (11) optimizes the portfolio of CDC’s informatics projects and systems by identifying and facilitating opportunities for cross-coordinating national CIOs collaboration in order to leverage investments and promote efficiency and integration; (12) collaborates and coordinates with CDC organizations on informatics and HIT issues; (13) works closely with the Office of the Chief Information Officer on the interrelationships between informatics and IT; (14) leads the development of policy, long-range plans, and programs of the division; (15) coordinates the establishment and maintenance of internal processes for decision-making regarding shared informatics and surveillance policies, practices, standards, and services that have applicability throughout CDC; (16) leads the development of all communications strategies, tools and messages for the division; (17) coordinates the establishment and maintenance of internal processes for decision-making regarding effective communications; and (18) identifies and disseminates evidence-based information regarding best practices for public health surveillance and information management. Business Services Activity (CPNE12). (1) Provides leadership, oversight, and guidance in the management and operations of DHIS programs; (2) plans, coordinates, and provides administrative management support, advice, and guidance to the DHIS, involving the areas of fiscal management, procurement, property management, personnel travel, and other administrative services; (3) coordinates the development of annual budget request; (4) conducts PO 00000 Frm 00045 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 management analyses of the division and programs and staff to ensure optimal utilization of resources and accomplishment of program objectives; (5) plans, allocates, and monitors resources; (6) maintains liaison and collaborates with other CDC components and external organizations in support of the division management and operations; (7) works closely with other federal agencies involved with interagency agreements; (8) coordinates division requirements relating to procurement, grants, cooperative agreements, material management, and interagency agreements; (9) provides fiscal management and stewardship of grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements; and (10) develops and implements administrative policies, procedures, and operations, as appropriate, for the division, and prepares special reports and studies, as required, in the administrative management areas. Informatics Services Branch (CPNEB). (1) Provides innovative informatics solutions and services supporting integration of systems for CDC programs and external partners, and for the enhancement of informatics capabilities of public health generally; (2) analyzes the information needs of public health programs and develops strategic solutions to address them; (3) provides expertise including subject matter expert (SME) technical support to client programs in IT systems design, project management, data interchange strategies, data management, IT security, IT architecture, systems integration, technical standards, current technologies and best practices, rules governing federal information systems, and protocols for deploying and operating systems at CDC; (4) identifies opportunities for and develops shared IT components that can be utilized by multiple programs and partners in order to increase efficiency, decrease cost, and promote interoperability and information sharing; (5) identifies opportunities for and develops IT services that assist CDC programs and external partners, including modernization of legacy applications; (6) provides expertise in and develops specifications for standards-based data interchanges for use by public health programs and provides supporting services for electronic messaging such as online vocabulary management, message validation, security and credential management, routing and directory management; (7) provides management of large, complex datasets and major IT investments including NNDSS and Biosense; (8) provides data E:\FR\FM\22NON1.SGM 22NON1 emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 226 / Friday, November 22, 2013 / Notices processes for transforming and translating data into useable form for scientific analysis, and provides mechanisms to make data accessible and available; (9) provides direct consultation and technical assistance to CDC programs and to external partners in order to help them achieve the technical and informatics capabilities as well as appropriate security for developed systems/tools required or endorsed by CDC; (10) provides operational support of multiple public health programs through provision of informatics and IT services, public use data sets via the Internet (WONDER) and data to programs; (11) provides support and technical assistance for ICD–10 transition; and (12) manages the development of a Reportable Conditions Knowledge Management System in support of electronic case reporting. Public Health Information Support Branch (CPNEC). (1) Provides leadership to CSELS, CDC, and other organizations to promote and support effective public health surveillance for notifiable diseases and conditions which currently includes the operations and maintenance of Biosense and NNDSS; (2) enhances and maintains partnerships with other federal agencies, state and local public health departments, national organizations, health plans, care networks, regional health information exchanges to meet public health informatics needs; (3) works towards more efficient and effective public health information systems by aligning informatics solutions with HIT policies and translating emerging science, research and learning into practice; (4) provides analysis and reporting for MMWR tables based on NNDSS data; (5) coordinates with the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists with regard to notifiable diseases designations; (6) provides SME support to STLT programs on procedures, policies and analysis with regard to Biosense; manages quality assurance around related data use agreements and governance (7) leverages other data sources for syndromic surveillance and provides oversight for data quality and analytics; and (8) develops and fosters adoption of informatics standards. Program Support Branch (CPNED). (1) Supports CDC and STLT programs in the conduct of national surveillance; (2) provides financial support to NNDSS via the Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity (ELC) cooperative agreement; (3) provides development and support for extramural activities, including cooperative agreements and grants, and coordinates technical assistance and consultations for major projects with VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:47 Nov 21, 2013 Jkt 232001 key public health partners; (4) supports Biosense via cooperative agreements with STLTs; (5) provides Public Health Information Network technical assistance/certification; (6) supports educational opportunities and collaborations; (7) provides cooperative agreement funding to public health organizations and manages numerous cooperative agreements and memberships; (8) provides funding to academic institutions for special projects; and (9) collaborates with the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases to monitor the national implementation of electronic laboratory reporting (ELR), including monitoring ELC funded activities for ELR and guiding APH ELR technical assistance activities. After the School Health Branch (CUCPG), Division of Population and Health Promotion (CUCP), National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (CUC), insert the following: Population Health Surveillance Branch (CUCPH). (1) Plans and directs all activities related to the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), the nation’s premier system of health surveys that collect state data about United States residents regarding their health-related risk behaviors, chronic health conditions, and use of preventive services; (2) coordinates BRFSS surveillance activities across all states and CDC programs; (3) provides support to build state capacity for BRFSS survey operations, data management, analysis, dissemination, and use of the data by state agencies to set public health priorities and monitor public health programs; (4) develops guidelines and criteria for the enhancement of behavioral risk factor surveys at the state and local levels; (5) delivers timely behavioral risk factor data of high validity and reliability to states, CDC scientists, the national public health community, and the general public; (6) supports and enhances analysis and dissemination of information from the BRFSS to promote the broad use and application of BRFSS results and findings by policy and decision makers, public health professionals, and other relevant audiences through communication channels and formats appropriate to these constituencies; (7) plans and coordinates cross cutting research related to survey methodology; (8) provides scientific leadership and guidance to surveillance programs to assure highest scientific quality and professional standards related to BRFSS; (9) provides leadership to CDC, states and other organizations to support PO 00000 Frm 00046 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 70057 effective and flexible population health surveillance, including rapidly emerging public health issues and threats; and (10) provides administrative and management support, as required, for states and territories including oversight of BRFSS and other grants, cooperative agreements, and reimbursable agreements. Dated: September 30, 2013. Sherri A. Berger, Chief Operating Officer, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. [FR Doc. 2013–27088 Filed 11–21–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4160–18–M DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services [Document Identifier: CMS–1984–14, CMS– 10198, CMS–10069 and CMS–10150] Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request ACTION: Notice. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is announcing an opportunity for the public to comment on CMS’ intention to collect information from the public. Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), federal agencies are required to publish notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including each proposed extension or reinstatement of an existing collection of information, and to allow a second opportunity for public comment on the notice. Interested persons are invited to send comments regarding the burden estimate or any other aspect of this collection of information, including any of the following subjects: (1) The necessity and utility of the proposed information collection for the proper performance of the agency’s functions; (2) the accuracy of the estimated burden; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology to minimize the information collection burden. DATES: Comments on the collection(s) of information must be received by the OMB desk officer by December 23, 2013: ADDRESSES: When commenting on the proposed information collections, please reference the document identifier or OMB control number. To be assured consideration, comments and SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\22NON1.SGM 22NON1

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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Statement of Organization, Functions, and Delegations of 
Authority

    Part C (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) of the 
Statement of Organization, Functions, and Delegations of Authority of 
the Department of Health and Human Services (45 FR 67772-76, dated 
October 14, 1980, and corrected at 45 FR 69296, October 20, 1980, as 
amended most recently at 78 FR 63982-63983, dated October 25, 2013) is 
amended to reorganize the Office of Surveillance, Epidemiology and 
Laboratory Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
    Section C-B, Organization and Functions, is hereby amended as 
follows:
    Delete in its entirety the titles and functional statements for the 
Office of Surveillance, Epidemiology and Laboratory Services (CP) and 
insert the following:
    Office of Public Health Scientific Services (CP). The Office of 
Public Health Scientific Services (OPHSS) is to lead, promote, and 
facilitate science, standards and policies to reduce the burden of 
diseases in the United States and globally.
    Office of the Director (CPA). (1) Serves as the principal advisor 
to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director on 
informatics issues; (2) assists the CDC Director in formulating and 
communicating strategic initiatives and policies involving health 
statistics, informatics, surveillance, epidemiology and laboratory 
practices; (3) represents the CDC Director externally on key 
informatics issues; (4) provides strategic leadership to the National 
Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) and the Center for Surveillance, 
Epidemiology and Laboratory Services (CSELS); (5) ensures agency-wide 
strategic approaches to informatics, surveillance, data access, 
workforce development and laboratory practices; (6) identifies 
approaches for increasing the use of electronic health records (EHRs) 
as part of an integrated strategy for public health surveillance; (7) 
leads efforts to improve public health data access and analytical 
methods; (8) leads the development of an efficient, sustainable and 
integrated network of public health laboratories; (9) leads efforts to 
prepare the public health workforce to meet present and anticipate 
future challenges; (10) facilitates relevant and meaningful 
collaborations across NCHS and CSELS; and (11) ensures the timely 
availability of statistical health information.
    Health Information Technology and Surveillance Strategy Unit 
(CPA3). As the OPHSS' primary focal point, the unit leads collaborative 
activities at multiple levels and with multiple partners to ensure CDC 
maintains a leadership role in the development of strategy, policy, 
future solutions and issues relating to improvements in integrating 
health information technology (HIT), public health surveillance and 
biosurveillance strategies with the ultimate goal of strengthening 
public health. This unit: (1) Leads and manages a network of intersects 
with CDC's key state, territorial, local and tribal (STLT) partner 
organizations and their members through routine work groups and 
collaboration forums to collaboratively develop solutions in the areas 
of HIT, public health surveillance and biosurveillance to strengthen 
public health at the federal and STLT levels; (2) leads and manages 
CDC's interactions with other federal agencies to ensure CDC maintains 
its leadership role in the areas of HIT, public health surveillance and 
biosurveillance, including representing CDC on the Department of 
Homeland Security's National Biosurveillance Integration Oversight 
Committee, the White House National Security Staff's Sub-Interagency 
Policy Committee on Biosurveillance and management of a federal 
Biosurveillance Work Group resulting in CDC's coordinated input into 
federal government wide policies, initiatives and products; (3) serves 
as the primary point of contact for CDC health HIT activities with the 
Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology 
(ONC) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services; (4) leads and 
manages a network of intersects within CDC to ensure initiatives and 
activities are coordinated and complimentary in the areas of HIT, 
public health surveillance and biosurveillance to include the 
management of the CDC's EHR Forum, the Biosurveillance Leadership Team, 
and the OPHSS/Office of Infectious Diseases monthly leadership meeting; 
(5) leads the work, education, communication and coordinated activities 
necessary to ensure CDC is involved in and contributes to electronic 
health information exchange, specifically, Meaningful Use (MU) through 
the convening of EHR/MU advisory groups, the provision of appropriate 
technical assistance to CDC programs and STLT partners, the convening 
of national communities of practice (with ONC), and the education of 
CDC programs on EHR/MU; (6) maintains leadership and consultation to 
various federal advisory committees; and (7) maintains and utilizes the 
National Public Health Surveillance and Biosurveillance Registry for 
Human Health, which catalogs CDC surveillance-related systems, 
programs, collaboratives, registries, and tools, and provides reports 
from the Registry to support and promote coordinated actions and 
efficiencies in surveillance activities throughout the Agency.

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    Delete in its entirety the titles and functional statements for the 
Laboratory Science Policy and Practice Program Office (CPG), 
Epidemiology and Analysis Program Office (CPK), Scientific Education 
and Professional Development Program Office (CPI) and the Public Health 
Surveillance and Informatics Program Office (CPM).
    After the National Center for Health Statistics (CPC), insert the 
following:
    Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology and Laboratory Services 
(CPN). The primary mission of the Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology 
and Laboratory Services (CSELS) is to provide scientific service, 
expertise, skills, and tools in support of CDC' national efforts to 
promote health; prevent disease, injury and disability; and prepare for 
emerging health threats.
    Office of the Director (CPN1). (1) Manages, directs, coordinates, 
and evaluates the activities of the Center; (2) develops goals and 
objectives and provides leadership, policy formation, scientific 
oversight, and guidance in program planning and development; (3) 
develops strategic planning and briefing materials; (4) reviews and 
evaluates programmatic data to identify options for enhancing program 
effectiveness; (5) coordinates activities related to long- and short-
range health communications plans; (6) provides and coordinates 
business, policy, and communication and information technology (IT) 
activities for the Center; (7) manages, develops, plans, coordinates, 
edits and produces the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) 
series of publications including the MMWR Recommendations and Reports, 
CDC Surveillance Summaries, and Annual Summary of Notifiable Diseases; 
(8) manages the CDC Vital Signs program; (9) serves as primary liaison 
with the Office of State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support 
relating to Center activities at the state and local levels; (10) 
collaborates, as appropriate, with other CDC Centers/Institute/Offices 
(CIOs) other Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) agencies, 
and other federal agencies; (11) provides leadership on genomics 
activities and planning; (12) manages and coordinates program and 
laboratory integration opportunities for the Center; and (13) 
identifies program priorities through strategic planning and other 
processes as appropriate.
    Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Activity (CPN12). (1) Manages 
the MMWR series of publications including the MMWR Recommendations and 
Reports, CDC Surveillance Summaries, and Annual Summary of Notifiable 
Diseases; and (2) develops, plans, coordinates, edits, and produces the 
MMWR series, including the MMWR Recommendations and Reports, CDC 
Surveillance Summaries, and Annual Summary of Notifiable Diseases.
    Vital Signs Activity (CPN13). (1) Manages the CDC Vital Signs 
program, which offers recent data and calls to action for important 
public health issues; (2) produces CDC Vital Signs which includes an 
MMWR Early Release, a fact sheet and Web site, a media release, and a 
series of announcements via social media tools; and (3) leads an 
agency-wide call to action each month concerning a single, important 
public health topic.
    Policy Activity (CPN14). (1) Serves as the Center liaison to HHS 
and Congressional offices; (2) analyzes bills and other legislative 
activities; (3) develops, reviews and finalizes Congressional testimony 
and briefing documents; (4) coordinates budget formulation and 
performance planning; (5) supports the Center's divisions through 
developing appropriate policy capacity; (6) manages cross-cutting 
policy issues within the Center and as appropriate, with other CIO and 
Office of the Director (OD) offices within CDC; (7) coordinates with 
the Center director and management officer the formulation of the 
Center budget; (8) liaises with the CDC Office of the Associate 
Director for Policy on Congressional, legislative, and other inquiries; 
(9) maintains liaison with Congress on matters including 
appropriations, legislative bill tracking, and legislative requests, 
testimony for hearings, congressional inquiries, etc.; (10) develops 
policy- and program-related materials and talking points; (11) oversees 
the preparation and routing of controlled correspondence; (12) 
maintains liaison with key CDC offices and individuals working on 
public health policies and legislative issues; (13) serves as liaison 
to governmental and nongovernmental partners on policy-related issues; 
(14) oversees priority issues management and proactive and reactive 
strategic media efforts; and (15) conducts environmental analysis in 
response to short-term issues to be shared with leadership and program 
managers.
    Office of Public Health Genomics (CPN15). (1) Integrates genomics 
responsibly and effectively into health care and disease prevention; 
(2) serves CDC programs, other federal agencies, state health 
departments, and other external partners by identifying, evaluating, 
and implementing evidence-based genomics practices to prevent and 
control the country's leading chronic, infectious, environmental, and 
occupational diseases; (3) supports policy, education, and surveillance 
framework to promote effective implementation of evidence-based 
recommendations for genomic tests and family health history 
applications that can save lives now, and those applications that will 
emerge in the next decade and beyond; (4) fosters public health 
genomics programs at the state and national level by providing ongoing 
consultation and tools to state health departments, CDC programs, and 
other stakeholders to share successful approaches to promote the 
appropriate use of genomic tests; (5) evaluates key emerging genomic 
applications with the potential to impact population health; (6) 
supports the Evaluation of Genomic Applications in Practice and 
Prevention Working Group in the development of an evidence framework 
for introducing whole genome sequencing into practice, assessing the 
role of genomics and family history in recommendations for colorectal 
cancer screening; identifies new emerging genomic applications with the 
potential to impact population health through horizon scanning and 
evidence summaries of validity and utility; and communicate evidence-
based messages through well-established communications channels, 
including the Office of Public Health Genomics' (OPHG) Genomics and 
Health Impact Update & Blog, CDC Expert Commentary Series on Medscape, 
OPHG Web site, publications, and other means.
    Communications Activity (CPN16). (1) Formulates strategic media 
objectives for advancing program priorities and addressing identified 
long-range issues; (2) oversees th0 implementation of strategic media 
plans through several functional areas; (3) develops and implements all 
proactive media outreach and reactive media responses for the Center: 
(4) provides media training and technical assistance, as appropriate; 
(5) serves as liaison to key offices for obtaining CDC and HHS media 
clearance on products/activities; (6) serves as the principal advisor 
to Center on communication and marketing science, research and 
practice; (7) provides oversight to ensure the quality and science of 
health communication and marketing campaigns and products; (8) 
coordinates activities related to long- and short-range health 
communications plans; (9) develops web strategies and support; and (10) 
facilitates strategies and plans for utilization of virtual conference 
and training platforms.
    Informatics Innovation Unit (CPN17). (1) Advances the field of 
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through applied research and innovation; (2) collaborates with members 
of CDC programs as well as the broader public health community to 
develop innovative technologies and techniques to positively impact 
public health practice; (3) transitions new informatics solutions, 
standards, and techniques to th(i appropriate public health programs 
for deployment and implementation; (4) provides CDC and its external 
research and public health partners, consultation, evaluation, 
guidance, support (including innovative web activities) and insight 
into the use of new informatics solutions for public health practice; 
(5) provides consultation to CDC programs for innovative solutions and 
lab infrastructure for research and development to support innovative 
program-driven solutions; (6) leverages its resources to rapidly create 
prototypes and examine hypotheses generated by CSELS, CDC, and its 
external research' and public health partners; (7) conducts pilot 
projects to test and evaluate efficacy of hypotheses generated by 
CSELS, CDC, and its external research and public health partners (e.g., 
further public health--clinical decision support integration); (8) 
provides CSELS and CDC an optimal (i.e. flexible and scalable) 
environment for the rapid development of prototype and pilot public 
health informatics solutions for collaboration, testing and evaluation 
purposes; (9) participates and represents CDC within innovation 
committees, workgroups, organizations, and councils, within CDC and 
with other federal agencies as well; (10) facilitates public health 
informatics innovation within the public health community, through 
partner outreach and collaboration, using crowdfunding, challenge 
grants, and other novel cost-efficient mechanisms; (11) performs 
relevant knowledge dissemination to CDC and its partners via multiple 
modalities, including presentations, manuscripts, and web-based 
content; (12) provides education to fellows, colleagues, and partners 
on tools, techniques, and methodologies; and (13) provides regular 
updates to CSELS leadership as to the status of all projects in the 
technology lab.
    Business Management Office (CPN18). (1) Provides leadership, 
oversight, and guidance in the management and operations of Center 
program offices and divisions; (2) plans, coordinates, and provides 
administrative management support, advice, and guidance to divisions, 
involving the areas of fiscal management, procurement, property 
management, personnel, travel, and other administrative services; (3) 
coordinates the development of the Center's annual budget request; (4) 
conducts management analyses ensure optimal utilization of resources 
and accomplishment of program objectives; (5) plans, allocates, and 
monitors program resources; (6) liaises and collaborates with other CDC 
components and external organizations in support of operations; (7) 
works closely with other federal agencies involved with program 
interagency agreements; (8) coordinates requirements relating to 
procurement, grants, cooperative agreements, materiel management, and 
interagency agreements; (9) provides fiscal management and stewardship 
of grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements; (10) develops and 
implements administrative policies, procedures, and operations, as 
appropriate for the Center and divisions, and prepares special reports 
and studies, as required, in the administrative management areas; (11) 
ensures Center and divisions adhere to the Agency's security guidance, 
regulations and best practices; (12) provides expertise and support to 
the Center and divisions in the areas of portfolio management, project 
execution, and leadership; (13) coordinates all enterprise-wide IT 
security policies and procedures with the Office of the Chief 
Information Security Officer; (14) ensures operations are in accordance 
with CDC Capital Planning and Investment Control guidelines; (15) 
ensures adherence to CDC enterprise architecture guidelines and 
standards; and (16) consults with users to determine IT needs and to 
develop strategic a action plans.
    Program Integration Activity (CPN19). (1) Provides coordination 
internally and externally to help ensure that the Center's 
organizations are current in emergency preparedness and response 
capabilities through information dissemination, and planning; (2) links 
relevant strategies and priorities of the Center's divisions; (3) 
facilitates ongoing implementation of surveillance, epidemiology, 
laboratory and public health workforce development activities across 
the divisions and interfaces with other CDC CIOs; (4) provides planning 
and coordination of overall surveillance strategies, preparedness, 
response and prevention effectiveness related to a center-wide public 
health scientific agenda and in quantifying how programs and activities 
promote cost-effective and high impact prevention strategies; (5) 
ensures multidisciplinary approach to epidemiology, statistics, 
informatics, laboratory methods and evaluation; and (6) ensures 
appropriate integration of the Center's priority initiatives.
    Division of Laboratory Programs, Standards and Services (CPNB). The 
mission of the Division of Laboratory Programs, Standards and Services 
(DLPSS) is to provide leadership, support and cross-cutting services to 
continuously strengthen the quality of laboratory science, policy and 
practice at CDC and in the United States (U.S.). DLPSS strives to 
strengthen state and local public health laboratories' ability to 
perform their critical role in protecting the public's health. In 
carrying out this mission, DLPSS: (1) Fosters connectivity and 
collaboration across the laboratory community; (2) enhances integration 
of laboratory science practice and informatics into public health and 
patient care; (3) develops standards to enhance the performance of 
public health laboratory systems; (4) increases opportunities for the 
improving the quality of public health laboratory practices and 
services; (5) increases the capacity of the laboratory workforce; and 
(6) fosters a culture of efficiency and excellence.
    Office of the Director (CPNB1). (1) Provides leadership and 
guidance on strategic planning and implementation, program priority 
setting, and policy development, to advance the mission of the 
division, the Center and CDC; (2) develops goals, objectives, and 
budget, monitors progress and allocation of resources, and reports 
accomplishments, future directions, and resource requirements; (3) 
directs and provides public health vision for laboratory science; (4) 
assists CDC labs in operating as ``one-CDC'' for lab science, research, 
policy and practice; (5) conducts research for quality improvement 
laboratory I practice to establish evidence-based recommendations on 
best practices, reference materials and intervention to improve the 
integration of laboratory medicine into health care and public health; 
(6) collaborates with subject-matter experts to integrate technical 
content with cutting-edge instructional design concepts to effectively 
transfer laboratory skills and new methodologies; (7) collaborates with 
the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to communicate regulatory 
requirements for laboratory developed tests and in-vitro diagnostics to 
CDC laboratories and assists them in meeting these requirements; (8) 
ensures compliance with federal regulations for the possession, use and 
transfer of select agents and toxins within CDC's registered 
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samples, collected agency studies, outbreaks, and research projects to 
help address future public health needs; (10) oversees and manages 
training and the Intuitional Biosecurity Board to support the implement 
of Dual Use Research of Concern oversight at CDC; (11) collaborates 
with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to develop 
regulatory standards for the Clinical Improvement Amendments (CLIA) 
program; (12) advises the Center OD on matters relating to laboratory 
science and coordinates division responses to requests for technical 
assistance or information on activities supported by the division; (13) 
develops and produces guidance documents to meet the needs of internal 
and external partners, division programs, and mission; and (14) 
represents the division at official professional and scientific 
meetings, both within and outside of CDC.
    Business Management Activity (CPNB12). (1) Provides leadership, 
oversight, and guidance in the management and operations of the DLPSS 
programs; (2) plans, coordinates, and provides administrative 
management support, advice, and guidance to DLPSS, involving the areas 
of fiscal management, procurement, property management, personnel, 
travel, and other administrative services; (3) coordinates the 
development of the DLPSS annual budget request; (4) conducts management 
analyses of DLPSS programs and staff to ensure optimal utilization of 
resources and accomplishment of program objectives; (5) plans, 
allocates, and monitors DLPSS resources; (6) maintains liaison and 
collaborates with other CDC components and external organizations in 
support of DLPSS management and operations; (7) works closely with 
other federal agencies involved with DLPSS interagency agreements; (8) 
coordinates DLPSS requirements relating to procurement, grants, 
cooperative agreements, materiel management, and interagency 
agreements; (9) provides fiscal management and stewardship of grants, 
contracts, and cooperative agreements; and (10) develops and implements 
administrative policies, procedures, and operations, as appropriate for 
DLPSS, and prepares special reports and studies, as required, in the 
administrative management areas.
    Laboratory Services and Compliance Branch (CPNBB). (1) Provides 
scientific consultation, training, and technical assistance on federal 
safety regulations and requirements to CDC laboratories and program 
staff; (2) ensures implementation of federal safety regulations and 
requirements across CDC laboratories; (3) provides agency oversight and 
coordination of policies and practices of dual-use research and 
concern; (4) provides agency oversight and coordination of specimen 
inventory management to improve support for CDC research and laboratory 
operations; (5) maintains compliance with the Select Agent rule (42 CFR 
Part 73) for Select Agents housed within the CDC; and (6) provides 
coordination of policies and practices and technical support to CDC 
laboratories of overarching quality management issues and compliance 
with FDA regulations pertaining to laboratory diagnostics.
    Laboratory Training Branch (CPNBC). (1) Provides advanced 
laboratory training to maintain a competent, prepared, and sustainable 
national and global laboratory workforce; (2) analyzes, designs, 
develops, and implements effective needs-based training pertaining to 
public health laboratory methodology and technology; (3) evaluates the 
efficiency and effectiveness of public health laboratory education and 
training for state and local public health, clinical, military, CDC, 
and other federal agency laboratorians; (4) evaluates the effectiveness 
and measures the outcomes of all training to ensure a high quality 
product for all end users; (5) provides technical support and 
administration coordination for the American Public Health Laboratories 
(APHL) cooperative agreement with CDC; (6) provides cross-agency and 
external stakeholder coordination on interoperability of laboratory 
information management systems; and (7) provides guidance and support 
regarding laboratory informatics, including systems and data exchange 
to stakeholders at local, state, federal, and global levels.
    Laboratory Practice Standards Branch (CPNBD). (1) Encourages the 
establishment and adoption of mandatory and voluntary standards for 
laboratory practice; (2) assists CMS in the implementation of the CLIA; 
(3) coordinates and conducts standards development, validation, and 
review activities that provide support to CMS in its development and 
revision of the CLIA standards and guidelines; (4) provides technical 
assistance to CMS in its review of laboratory accreditation programs, 
state laboratory licensure programs, and proficiency testing programs; 
(5) provides technical assistance to CMS in responding to inquiries, 
especially pertaining to issues relating to testing complexity, 
personnel, quality control/quality assessment, and proficiency testing; 
(6) evaluates the applicability of CLIA quality standards to new 
laboratory technology and methodologies and, when necessary, assists in 
the establishment of appropriate alternative quality assurance 
measures; (7) performs review of CMS' guidelines for CLIA program 
implementation and oversight; (8) provides scientific support for 
issues relative to the development and implementation of cytology 
standards; (9) assists in the development and review of voluntary 
laboratory performance standards and guidelines; (10) disseminates 
information about laboratory standards and practices; (11) provides 
materials, forums, briefings, and assistance to CDC and external 
organizations in the interpretation, understanding, and implementation 
of the CLIA regulations; and (12) collaborates with other components of 
CDC in carrying out the above functions.
    Laboratory Research and Evaluation Branch (CPNBE). (1) Encourages 
the establishment and adoption of performance standards for laboratory 
practice; (2) develops, evaluates, and implements systems for measuring 
and assessing laboratory quality; (3) facilitates and conduct research 
and demonstration projects to support the scientific development of 
performance standards, evaluation systems, and regulatory standards, 
and assesses the efficacy of established standards; (4) develops, 
promotes, implements, and evaluates intervention strategies to correct 
general performance deficiencies in health laboratory systems and 
worker competencies; (5) provides a forum for exchange of information 
about laboratory practice and research and development activities to 
promote the coordination of federal, state, and clinical laboratory 
improvement efforts; (6) coordinates and conducts activities that 
provide technical and scientific support to CMS in its evaluation, 
development, and revision of standards and guidelines; (7) monitors and 
evaluates current and emerging practices in genomics to improve quality 
and promote access to genetics testing; and (8) collaborates with other 
components of the CDC in carrying out the above functions.
    Division of Epidemiology, Analysis and Library Services (CPNC). The 
primary mission of the Division of Epidemiology, Analysis and Library 
Services (DEALS) is to collaborate with our CDC and state and local 
public health partners to create and promote quality, timely and useful 
cross-cutting scientific products and services in order to strengthen 
the science of public health and ultimately to improve public health 
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leadership and overall direction for execution of programs that support 
the development and dissemination of epidemiological resources and 
analytical methods for improving population health; that identify what 
works in community preventive services and that serve as a hub of 
research, information exchange, and learning for the CDC community; (2) 
establishes division goals, objectives and priorities and assures 
alignment with the Center's and CDC goals, objectives and priorities; 
(3) provides leadership and guidance for a portfolio of projects and 
activities that address cross cutting topics including measurement of 
population health and health disparities, assessment of health and 
economic impact, analytic data management, software development for 
epidemiologic investigations, and systematic reviews of community 
preventive services; (4) supports the development and dissemination of 
publications and reports on cross cutting topics and community 
preventive services; (5) provides access to literature and science 
databases, and reference and systematic review support; (6) monitors 
progress in implementation of division projects and activities that 
support the achievement of CDC and the Center's goals, objectives, and 
priorities; (7) provides oversight and approval of scientific products 
including manuscripts, Web sites, databases, reports, and other 
documents; (8) assures compliance with all federal rules and 
regulations regarding research with human subjects and the use of 
published literature; (9) develops curriculum, training, and 
consultation services for CDC and other federal and non-federal 
partners to foster the development of skills in epidemiologic and 
analytic methodologies, systematic reviews, library sciences, and 
information literacy; and (10) provides division level management, 
administration, support services, and coordinates with appropriate 
offices on program and administrative matters.
    Office of the Director (CPNC1). (1) Provides leadership and 
guidance on strategic planning and implementation, program priority 
setting, and policy development, to advance the mission of the 
division, the Center and CDC; (2) develops goals, objectives, and 
budget; monitors progress and allocation of resources, and reports 
accomplishments, future directions, and resource requirements; (3) 
develops, implements and evaluates long term research and programmatic 
agendas for analytic methods development, the Community Guide, and 
library services; (4) facilitates scientific, policy, communication, 
technology, and program collaboration among divisions and centers, and 
between CDC and other federal/non-federal partners; (5) promotes 
advancement of science throughout the division, supports program 
evaluation, and ensures that research meets the highest standards in 
the field; (6) provides expertise and consultation in analytic and 
systematic review methods, and library sciences to planning, projects, 
policies and program activities; (7) advises the Center OD on matters 
relating to analytic methods development, the Community Guide, and 
library services; and coordinates division responses to requests for 
technical assistance or information on activities supported by the 
division; (8) develops and produces communications tools and public 
affairs strategies to meet the needs of division programs and mission; 
and (9) represents the division at official professional and scientific 
meetings, both within and outside of CDC.
    Analytic Tools and Methods Branch (CPNCB). (1) Supports the 
development and dissemination of epidemiologic resources and analytic 
tools and methods for improving population health, including but not 
limited to measurement of population health and health disparities, 
assessment of health and economic impact, community health needs 
assessment and improvement, data management and analytic capacity 
building, and epidemiological software for data collection, management, 
and analysis; (2) supports and conducts applied research in 
collaboration with CDC scientists that expands the scope of analytic 
methods capabilities and public health science; (3) coordinates CDC 
access to large complex health related data sets; (4) provides 
assistance and consultation on analytic methods, analytic data 
management, and analysis of complex data to other units within CDC; (5) 
participates with CDC and other federal and non-federal partners in 
developing indicators, methods, and statistical procedures for 
assessing and monitoring the health of communities and measuring the 
effectiveness of community interventions; (6) develops, maintains, and 
improves epidemiologic tools for data collection, data management, and 
data analysis, including Epi Info; (7) provides training, technical 
assistance, and support to public health partners and entities using 
Epi Info for outbreak investigations, studies, and surveillance; (8) 
collaborates with national and global partners to promote inter-
operability of public health tools for outbreak management, 
surveillance, and research applications; and (9) participates with CDC 
and other federal and non-federal partners in developing indicators, 
methods, and statistical procedures for measuring and reporting health 
disparities.
    Community Guide Branch (CPNCC). (1) Convenes and supports the 
independent Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF); (2) 
oversees production of the systematic reviews that serve as the 
foundation for CPSTF findings and recommendations; (3) coordinates and 
manages large and diverse teams of internal and external partners in 
the systematic review process; (4) participates with other CDC 
programs, HHS, and non-governmental partners in developing and/or 
refining methods for conducting systematic reviews; (5) assists CDC and 
other federal and non-federal partners in understanding, using, and 
communicating methods for conducting systematic reviews; (6) produces 
and promotes the use of the Guide to Community Preventive Services (aka 
Community Guide); (7) communicates the Community Guide reviews, 
recommendations, and research needs in the American Journal of 
Preventive Medicine and the MMWR publications as well as via other 
journals, books, documents, the world wide Web, and other media; (8) 
participates with other CDC programs, HHS and nongovernmental partners 
in disseminating Community Guide reviews, recommendations, and research 
needs to appropriate audiences throughout the U.S. health care and 
public health systems, and their multi-sectoral partners; (9) 
participates with other CDC programs, HHS, and other federal and non-
governmental partners in developing policies, and processes for 
referencing Community Guide findings in research and programmatic 
funding announcements, with the aim of increasing use of Community 
Guide findings and filling evidence gaps; (10) participates with other 
CDC programs, HHS, and nongovernmental partners in developing and/or 
refining methods for implementing Community Guide recommendations; (11) 
provides consultations for implementing Community Guide recommended 
strategies; (12) participates in the development of national and 
regional public/private partnerships to enhance prevention research and 
the translation of evidence into policy and action; (13) assists CDC 
and other federal and non-federal partners in linking reviews of 
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and/or program implementation; and (14) designs and conducts 
programmatic, process and outcome evaluation strategies for all stages 
of development and diffusion of the Community Guide.
    Library Science and Services Branch (CPNCD). (1) Delivers credible, 
timely information from scientific and health literature to CDC 
scientists through the provision of library operations; information, 
reference, and research services, education and outreach services, 
knowledge management, systems, and technology support, marketing of 
services and outreach activities and administrative services; (2) 
maintains state-of-the-art library and information systems and 
discovery tools to deliver efficient and timely access to books, 
journals, data, and services; (3) monitors and evaluates usage of 
services and resources to optimize collections; (4) develops and offers 
training supporting scientific endeavors and research administration; 
(5) develops, curates, and sustains archives of public health 
information to document CDC's role in key public health missions; and 
(6) works collaboratively with public health partners to increase 
access to evidence-based literature and in support of the public health 
workforce.
    Division of Scientific Education and Professional Development 
(CPND). The primary mission of the Division of Scientific Education and 
Professional Development (DSEPD) is to provide leadership in public 
health training and education and manage evidence-based programs to 
prepare the health workforce to meet public health challenges of the 
21st century. In carrying out its mission, DSEPD: (1) Plans, directs 
and manages programs that develop the future public health workforce 
and support the existing workforce; (2) provides leadership in 
scientific approaches to education of the workforce, including quality 
assurance, technical consultation and evaluation of scientific 
workforce development and education; and (3) provides leadership to 
coordinate CDC and partner strategic workforce initiatives to increase 
capability of existing workforce, expand pipeline programs to recruit 
new talent, and strengthen systems to support the workforce.
    Office of the Director (CPND1). (1) Provides leadership and overall 
direction for DSEPD; (2) develops goals and objectives, and provides 
leadership, policy formation, scientific oversight, and guidance in 
scientific education and professional development program planning and 
development; (3) plans, coordinates, and develops workforce-related 
research plans for DSEPD; (4) ensures adherence and provides training 
to DSEPD on CDC and HHS science-related policies; (5) oversees and 
manages DSEPD clearance process for scientific, technical, and 
programmatic documents; (6) coordinates all DSEPD program reviews; (7) 
reviews, prepares, coordinates, and develops Congressional testimony 
and briefing materials; (8) assists DSEPD programs in establishing 
performance metrics and coordinates quarterly reviews with programs to 
ascertain status on meeting of the metrics; (9) coordinates DSEPD 
budget formulation/negotiation related to program initiatives and goals 
management; (10) identifies relevant scanning/benchmarking on 
scientific education and professional development processes, services, 
and products; (11) provides leadership and guidance on new developments 
and national trends for public health workforce education and training; 
(12) establishes policies and standards for public health education and 
training activities/initiatives, including but not limited to, 
competency development, quality assurance, and evaluation, and works 
collaboratively within DSEPD and other components of CDC to ensure 
their implementation and adoption; (13) manages pilot fellowship 
programs in early stages of development, as needed; (14) develops and 
manages unified DSEPD-wide administrative systems and advocates and 
supports the commitment of resources to application development; (15) 
coordinates management information systems, including the Fellowship 
Management System (FMS), and analyses of data for improved utilization 
of DSEPD resources; and (16) directs systems analysis and design, 
programming, and systems training as it relates to implementation of 
new and existing administrative, management, and executive information 
systems.
    Program and Workforce Activity (CPND12). (1) Provides leadership to 
coordinate CDC and partner strategic workforce initiatives to increase 
capability of existing workforce, expand pipeline programs to recruit 
new talent, and strengthen systems to support the workforce; (2) plans, 
directs, and manages workforce pipeline programs targeting elementary 
through undergraduate level students, intended to increase the number 
of individuals aware of and choosing a career in public health; (3) 
sponsors complementary activities to train teachers to develop lesson 
plans of public health significance for middle and high school 
students; (4) fosters closer linkages between academia and public 
health practice; (5) provides technical consultation to academic 
institutions regarding improvement of their experiential learning 
opportunities; (6) supports and provides oversight for cooperative 
agreements with academic partner organizations (e.g., Association of 
Schools of Public Health, Association of American Medical Colleges, 
Association for Prevention Teaching and Research, American Association 
of Colleges of Nursing) to enhance development of public health and 
health professionals skilled in improving the health of populations; 
(7) works with partners in academia, state and local health agencies, 
public health and health professional organizations to address public 
health educational needs, including developing population health 
competencies for academia to improve health professional education 
(e.g., schools of medicine, nursing, and public health); and (8) 
supports translation of lessons learned among academic institutions, 
e.g., through toolkits or workshops.
    Business Management Activity (CPND13). (1) Provides leadership, 
oversight, and guidance in the management and operations of DSEPD 
programs; (2) plans, coordinates, and provides administrative 
management support, advice, and guidance to DSEPD involving the areas 
of fiscal management, procurement, property management, personnel, 
travel, and other administrative services; (3) coordinates with DSEPD/
OD, the Human Resources Office, the Procurement and Grants Office, and 
the Office of the Chief Financial Officer on administrative guidance 
and oversight in the areas of personnel, procurement, budget, travel, 
and other administrative services; (4) coordinates the development of 
the DSEPD annual budget request; (5) conducts management analyses o 
DSEPD programs and staff to ensure optimal utilization of resources and 
accomplishment of program objectives; (6) plans, allocates, and 
monitors DSEPD resources; (7) maintains liaison and collaborates with 
other CDC components and external organizations in support of DSEPD 
management and operations; (8) works closely with other federal 
agencies involved with DSEPD interagency agreements; (9) coordinates 
DSEPD requirements relating to procurement, grants, cooperative 
agreements, materiel management, and interagency agreements; (10) 
provides fiscal management and stewardship of grants, contracts, and 
cooperative agreements; and (11) develops and implements administrative 
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procedures, and operations, as appropriate for DSEPD, and prepares 
special reports and studies, as required, in the administrative 
management areas.
    Educational Design, Consultation, and Accreditation Branch (CPNDB). 
(1) Plans, directs, and manages training design, development, 
consultation, and accreditation activities for entry level public 
health professionals and the existing public health workforce; (2) 
develops educational research agenda and conducts educational research 
to identify best practices and methods for developing the public health 
workforce; (3) develops evidence-based policies and standards for 
public health education and training activities/initiatives, including 
but not limited to, competency development, quality assurance, and 
evaluation, and provides technical assistance within DSEPD and other 
components of CDC to ensure their implementation and adoption; (4) 
develops and implements a crosscutting framework for planning and 
evaluating fellowship training programs that is responsive to the needs 
of CDC's internal workforce and to the needs of DSEPD's external 
partners; (5) develops and maintains appropriate liaisons with all 
fellowship programs in DSEPD, and provides technical assistance to 
other programs across the Agency to ensure the development of rigorous 
educational programs based on the science of adult learning and 
educational psychology; (6) facilitates a cross-cutting approach and 
sharing of educational/evaluation lessons learned and tools across 
DSEPD programs, as well as other programs across the agency; (7) 
provides leadership in planning and implementation of the educational 
component of the complex, integrated FMS to ensure data requirements 
are consistent with the evaluation framework, to capture educational 
outcomes of fellowships; (8) provides consultation, guidance, and 
technical assistance to course developers, incorporating principles of 
learning theory to ensure consistent design and delivery of accredited 
educational activities; (9) maintains knowledge of continuing education 
standards and applies quality assurance practices required to uphold 
national accreditations; (10) assesses need and demand for additional 
accreditations to support professional license and certification needs 
of technical and professional staff within the health workforce; (11) 
develops and maintains internal and external partnerships to foster 
best practices in the design and delivery of educational activities and 
training; (12) maintains knowledge of information technology and 
learning standards as they apply to education and training to 
demonstrate and promote compliance and best practices by CDC programs; 
(13) applies the principles of instructional systems design and 
learning theory to design, develop, deliver, and evaluate informational 
and instructional products; (14) implements and maintains the CDC 
Training and Continuing Education Online web-based accreditation and 
registration system; (15) maintains and updates the CDC Learning 
Connection (including CDC TRAIN), an online portal that stores and 
delivers high quality public health training products and resources 
from one central location at CDC to all members of the public health 
community; (16) adapts information systems and processes to reflect 
current best practices and adherence to accreditation requirements; and 
(17) provides technical assistance and guidance to learners to ensure 
accreditation and learner support.
    Epidemiology Workforce Branch (CPNDC). (1) Plans, directs, and 
manages CDC-wide training and service programs for teaching and 
training future public health professionals, and supports the existing 
workforce in applied epidemiology, including but not limited to the 
Epidemic Intelligence Service Program; (2) establishes and implements 
overall policies, plans, and procedures, and evaluates the 
effectiveness of fellowship program activities, including monitoring 
the completion of program activities by EIS officers (EISOs) and 
evaluating the quality of assignments through site visits and by 
maintaining liaison with supervisors of EISOs within CDC and in field 
assignments; (3) coordinates the assignment and deployment of EISOs in 
response to natural disasters, terrorist events, and other large scale 
public health emergencies; (4) provides technical assistance, 
consultation, resources, and training for DSEPD, other components of 
CDC, and the broader health workforce (e.g., state/local workers), 
including, but not limited to the development and dissemination of 
standard curricula, training, and related materials, in epidemiology; 
(5) maintains liaison with alumni within and outside CDC to assist with 
training, recruitment, and promotional activities; (6) responds to 
domestic and international requests for assistance and consultation 
(e.g., Epi-Aids); (7) maintains liaison with other governmental 
agencies, academic institutions and organizations, state and local 
health agencies, private health organizations, professional 
organizations, and other outside groups; (8) assumes an active national 
and international leadership role in applied epidemiology training; and 
(9) collaborates, as appropriate, with the CDC/OD, other CIOs, and 
domestic and international agencies to carry out the functions of the 
branch.
    Health Systems Integration Workforce Branch (CPNDD). (1) Plans, 
directs, and manages CDC-wide training and service programs for 
teaching and training future public health professionals, and supports 
the existing workforce in applied public health sciences, including but 
not limited to the Preventive Medicine Residency/Fellowship, Public 
Health Informatics Fellowship, Prevention Effectiveness Fellowship, and 
the Presidential Management Fellows Program; (2) operates and maintains 
an accredited preventive medicine residency program for physicians in 
CDC through the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education 
and a complementary fellowship program for public health veterinarians; 
(3) establishes and implements overall policies, plans, and procedures, 
and evaluates the effectiveness of fellowship program activities, 
including monitoring the completion of program activities by fellows/
residents and evaluating the quality of assignments through site visits 
by maintaining liaison with supervisors of fellows/residents within CDC 
and in field assignments; (4) coordinates the assignment and deployment 
of fellows/residents in response to natural disasters, terrorist 
events, and other large scale public health emergencies; (5) provides 
technical assistance, consultation, resources, and training for DSEPD, 
other components of CDC, and the broader health workforce (e.g., state/
local workers), including, but not limited to the development and 
dissemination of standard curricula, training, and related materials, 
in preventive medicine, informatics, prevention effectiveness and 
leadership/management and policy; (6) maintains liaison with alumni 
within and outside CDC to assist with training, recruitment, and 
promotional activities; (7) responds to domestic and international 
requests for assistance and consultation (e.g., Info-Aids, Econ-Aids); 
(8) maintains liaison with other governmental agencies, academic 
institutions and organizations, state and local health agencies, 
private health organizations, professional organizations, and other 
outside groups; (9) assumes an active national and international 
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public health sciences training in preventive medicine, public health 
informatics, prevention effectiveness, and leadership/management, and 
policy; and (10) collaborates, as appropriate, with the CDC/OD, other 
CIOs, and domestic and international agencies to carry out the 
functions of the branch.
    Division of Health Informatics and Surveillance (CPNE). The mission 
of the Division of Health Informatics and Surveillance (DHIS) is to 
advance the science and practice of public health informatics and 
surveillance. In carrying out its mission, DHIS: (1) Serves as a focal 
point at CDC for addressing common issues and advancing best practices 
in the fields of public health informatics and surveillance, and (2) 
manages public health surveillance systems with cross-cutting utility 
for multiple CDC programs. The disciplines of public health informatics 
and surveillance are strongly inter-related. Informatics addresses the 
collection, classification, storage, and retrieval and dissemination of 
recorded knowledge. Surveillance involves the collection, management, 
analysis, interpretation, and dissemination of information about the 
health of populations in order to inform and guide public health 
programs. DHIS strives to improve the usefulness and the impact of 
public health surveillance and to improve information and knowledge 
management across the public health enterprise information technology 
and health information exchange, in public health informatics and 
surveillance.
    Office of the Director (CPNE1). (1) Identifies and disseminates 
evidence-based information regarding best practices for public health 
surveillance and information management; (2) plans, directs, enhances 
and collaboratively supports national surveillance programs and 
information technology initiatives to include Biosense and National 
Notifiable Disease Surveillance System (NNDSS), improving the nation's 
capability to monitor disease and provide public health situational 
awareness; (3) contributes to surveillance and informatics functions 
that are part of CDC's public health preparedness and response 
activities; (4) promotes a multidisciplinary approach (epidemiology, 
statistics, informatics, program evaluation, economic, qualitative, 
etc.) to assure that CDC surveillance and information systems serve 
public health program objectives; (5) coordinates the establishment and 
maintenance of select internal CDC processes for decision-making 
regarding shared surveillance and informatics policies, practices, 
standards, and services that have applicability throughout CDC; (6) 
collaborates and coordinates with all CDC organizations on informatics 
and HIT issues and the interrelationships between informatics and IT 
services; (7) plans, directs, enhances and collaboratively supports 
national information technology and surveillance initiatives that 
support the nation's capability to monitor disease and provide public 
health situational awareness; (8) develops, recommends or implements 
policies and procedures relating to information management, informatics 
resource management, support services, and surveillance as appropriate; 
(9) facilitates coordination of informatics and surveillance activities 
across local, state, and federal jurisdictions/agencies; (10) 
contributes to informatics and surveillance functions that are part of 
CDC's public health preparedness and response activities; (11) 
optimizes the portfolio of CDC's informatics projects and systems by 
identifying and facilitating opportunities for cross-coordinating 
national CIOs collaboration in order to leverage investments and 
promote efficiency and integration; (12) collaborates and coordinates 
with CDC organizations on informatics and HIT issues; (13) works 
closely with the Office of the Chief Information Officer on the 
interrelationships between informatics and IT; (14) leads the 
development of policy, long-range plans, and programs of the division; 
(15) coordinates the establishment and maintenance of internal 
processes for decision-making regarding shared informatics and 
surveillance policies, practices, standards, and services that have 
applicability throughout CDC; (16) leads the development of all 
communications strategies, tools and messages for the division; (17) 
coordinates the establishment and maintenance of internal processes for 
decision-making regarding effective communications; and (18) identifies 
and disseminates evidence-based information regarding best practices 
for public health surveillance and information management.
    Business Services Activity (CPNE12). (1) Provides leadership, 
oversight, and guidance in the management and operations of DHIS 
programs; (2) plans, coordinates, and provides administrative 
management support, advice, and guidance to the DHIS, involving the 
areas of fiscal management, procurement, property management, personnel 
travel, and other administrative services; (3) coordinates the 
development of annual budget request; (4) conducts management analyses 
of the division and programs and staff to ensure optimal utilization of 
resources and accomplishment of program objectives; (5) plans, 
allocates, and monitors resources; (6) maintains liaison and 
collaborates with other CDC components and external organizations in 
support of the division management and operations; (7) works closely 
with other federal agencies involved with interagency agreements; (8) 
coordinates division requirements relating to procurement, grants, 
cooperative agreements, material management, and interagency 
agreements; (9) provides fiscal management and stewardship of grants, 
contracts, and cooperative agreements; and (10) develops and implements 
administrative policies, procedures, and operations, as appropriate, 
for the division, and prepares special reports and studies, as 
required, in the administrative management areas.
    Informatics Services Branch (CPNEB). (1) Provides innovative 
informatics solutions and services supporting integration of systems 
for CDC programs and external partners, and for the enhancement of 
informatics capabilities of public health generally; (2) analyzes the 
information needs of public health programs and develops strategic 
solutions to address them; (3) provides expertise including subject 
matter expert (SME) technical support to client programs in IT systems 
design, project management, data interchange strategies, data 
management, IT security, IT architecture, systems integration, 
technical standards, current technologies and best practices, rules 
governing federal information systems, and protocols for deploying and 
operating systems at CDC; (4) identifies opportunities for and develops 
shared IT components that can be utilized by multiple programs and 
partners in order to increase efficiency, decrease cost, and promote 
interoperability and information sharing; (5) identifies opportunities 
for and develops IT services that assist CDC programs and external 
partners, including modernization of legacy applications; (6) provides 
expertise in and develops specifications for standards-based data 
interchanges for use by public health programs and provides supporting 
services for electronic messaging such as online vocabulary management, 
message validation, security and credential management, routing and 
directory management; (7) provides management of large, complex 
datasets and major IT investments including NNDSS and Biosense; (8) 
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processes for transforming and translating data into useable form for 
scientific analysis, and provides mechanisms to make data accessible 
and available; (9) provides direct consultation and technical 
assistance to CDC programs and to external partners in order to help 
them achieve the technical and informatics capabilities as well as 
appropriate security for developed systems/tools required or endorsed 
by CDC; (10) provides operational support of multiple public health 
programs through provision of informatics and IT services, public use 
data sets via the Internet (WONDER) and data to programs; (11) provides 
support and technical assistance for ICD-10 transition; and (12) 
manages the development of a Reportable Conditions Knowledge Management 
System in support of electronic case reporting.
    Public Health Information Support Branch (CPNEC). (1) Provides 
leadership to CSELS, CDC, and other organizations to promote and 
support effective public health surveillance for notifiable diseases 
and conditions which currently includes the operations and maintenance 
of Biosense and NNDSS; (2) enhances and maintains partnerships with 
other federal agencies, state and local public health departments, 
national organizations, health plans, care networks, regional health 
information exchanges to meet public health informatics needs; (3) 
works towards more efficient and effective public health information 
systems by aligning informatics solutions with HIT policies and 
translating emerging science, research and learning into practice; (4) 
provides analysis and reporting for MMWR tables based on NNDSS data; 
(5) coordinates with the Council of State and Territorial 
Epidemiologists with regard to notifiable diseases designations; (6) 
provides SME support to STLT programs on procedures, policies and 
analysis with regard to Biosense; manages quality assurance around 
related data use agreements and governance (7) leverages other data 
sources for syndromic surveillance and provides oversight for data 
quality and analytics; and (8) develops and fosters adoption of 
informatics standards.
    Program Support Branch (CPNED). (1) Supports CDC and STLT programs 
in the conduct of national surveillance; (2) provides financial support 
to NNDSS via the Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity (ELC) cooperative 
agreement; (3) provides development and support for extramural 
activities, including cooperative agreements and grants, and 
coordinates technical assistance and consultations for major projects 
with key public health partners; (4) supports Biosense via cooperative 
agreements with STLTs; (5) provides Public Health Information Network 
technical assistance/certification; (6) supports educational 
opportunities and collaborations; (7) provides cooperative agreement 
funding to public health organizations and manages numerous cooperative 
agreements and memberships; (8) provides funding to academic 
institutions for special projects; and (9) collaborates with the 
National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases to 
monitor the national implementation of electronic laboratory reporting 
(ELR), including monitoring ELC funded activities for ELR and guiding 
APH ELR technical assistance activities.
    After the School Health Branch (CUCPG), Division of Population and 
Health Promotion (CUCP), National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention 
and Health Promotion (CUC), insert the following:
    Population Health Surveillance Branch (CUCPH). (1) Plans and 
directs all activities related to the Behavioral Risk Factor 
Surveillance System (BRFSS), the nation's premier system of health 
surveys that collect state data about United States residents regarding 
their health-related risk behaviors, chronic health conditions, and use 
of preventive services; (2) coordinates BRFSS surveillance activities 
across all states and CDC programs; (3) provides support to build state 
capacity for BRFSS survey operations, data management, analysis, 
dissemination, and use of the data by state agencies to set public 
health priorities and monitor public health programs; (4) develops 
guidelines and criteria for the enhancement of behavioral risk factor 
surveys at the state and local levels; (5) delivers timely behavioral 
risk factor data of high validity and reliability to states, CDC 
scientists, the national public health community, and the general 
public; (6) supports and enhances analysis and dissemination of 
information from the BRFSS to promote the broad use and application of 
BRFSS results and findings by policy and decision makers, public health 
professionals, and other relevant audiences through communication 
channels and formats appropriate to these constituencies; (7) plans and 
coordinates cross cutting research related to survey methodology; (8) 
provides scientific leadership and guidance to surveillance programs to 
assure highest scientific quality and professional standards related to 
BRFSS; (9) provides leadership to CDC, states and other organizations 
to support effective and flexible population health surveillance, 
including rapidly emerging public health issues and threats; and (10) 
provides administrative and management support, as required, for states 
and territories including oversight of BRFSS and other grants, 
cooperative agreements, and reimbursable agreements.

    Dated: September 30, 2013.
Sherri A. Berger,
Chief Operating Officer, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
[FR Doc. 2013-27088 Filed 11-21-13; 8:45 am]
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