For those who are interested in reviewing the 2010 edition of the DGAC report, it is available atwww.dietaryguidelines.gov.A limited number of hard copies of the report are available upon request from HHS and USDA.
Structure:It is proposed that the 2015 DGAC will consist of up to 17 members; one or more members will be selected to serve as the Chair, Vice Chair, and/or Co-Chairs. Prospective members of the DGAC should be knowledgeable of current scientific research in human nutrition and chronic disease and be respected and published experts in their fields. The prospective members also should be familiar with the purpose, communication, and application of theGuidelinesand have demonstrated interest in the public's health and well-being through research and/or educational endeavors. Expertise will be sought in specific specialty areas that may include, but are not limited to, cardiovascular disease; type 2 diabetes, overweight and obesity; osteoporosis; cancer; pediatrics; gerontology; maternal/gestational nutrition; epidemiology; general medicine; energy balance, which includes physical activity; nutrient bioavailability; nutrition biochemistry and physiology; food processing science, safety and technology; public health; nutrition education and behavior change; and/or nutrition-related systematic review methodology.
Nominations:Nominations, including self nominations, of individuals who have the above mentioned expertise and knowledge will be considered for appointment as members of the Committee. A nomination should include, at a minimum, the following for each nominee: (1) A letter of nomination that clearly states the name and affiliation of the nominee, the basis for the nomination (i.e., specific attributes which qualify the nominee to be considered for appointment as a member of the 2015 DGAC), and a statement from the nominee that he/she would be willing to serve as a member of the Committee, if selected; (2) the nominator's name, address, and daytime telephone number, and the address, telephone number, and email address of the individual being nominated; and (3) a current copy of the nominee's curriculum vitae or resume, which should be limited to no more than 10 pages.
Equal opportunity practices regarding membership appointments to the 2015 DGAC will be aligned with HHS and USDA policies. Every effort will be made to ensure that the Committee is a diverse group of individuals with representation from various geographic locations, racial and ethnic minorities, women, and persons with disabilities.
Individuals will be appointed to serve as members of the Committee to represent balanced viewpoints of the scientific evidence, not to represent the viewpoints of any specific group. Members of the 2015 DGAC will be classified as special Government employees (SGEs) during their term of appointment on the Committee, and as such are subject to the ethical standards of conduct for federal employees. Upon entering the position and annually throughout the term of appointment, members of the 2015 DGAC will be required to complete and submit a report of their financial holdings.
Dated: October 22, 2012.
Howard K. Koh,
Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Dated: October 16, 2012.
Kevin W. Concannon,
Under Secretary, Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services, U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Dated: October 16, 2012.
Catherine E. Woteki,
Chief Scientist and Under Secretary Research, Education, and Economics, U.S. Department of Agriculture.