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Meeting of the Tick-Borne Disease Working Group

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Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Office of the Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services.




As required by the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is hereby giving notice that the Tick-Borne Disease Working Group (TBDWG) will hold a meeting. The meeting will be open to the public. For this meeting, the TBDWG will review the work of the Public Comment and Federal Inventory Subcommittees and the chapters being developed for the 2020 report to Congress on federal tick-borne activities and research.


The meeting will be held online via webcast on April 27, 2020, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET (times are tentative and subject to change). The confirmed times and agenda items for the meeting will be posted on the TBDWG web page at​ash/​advisory-committees/​tickbornedisease/​meetings/​2020-4-27/​index.html when this information becomes available.

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James Berger, Designated Federal Officer for the TBDWG; Office of Infectious Disease and HIV/AIDS Policy, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Department of Health and Human Services, Mary E Switzer Building, 330 C Street SW, Suite L600, Washington, DC 20024. Email:; Phone: 202-795-7608.

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Please register for the virtual meeting at​tbdwg_​apr2020/​event/​event_​info.html. After registering, you will receive an email confirmation with a personalized link to access the webcast on April 27.

The public will have an opportunity to present their views to the TBDWG orally during the meeting's public comment session or by submitting a Start Printed Page 19951written public comment. Comments should be pertinent to the meeting discussion. Persons who wish to provide verbal or written public comment should review instructions at​ash/​advisory-committees/​tickbornedisease/​meetings/​2020-4-27/​index.html and respond by midnight April 19, 2020, ET. Verbal comments will be limited to three minutes each to accommodate as many speakers as possible during the 30 minute session. Written public comments will be accessible to the public on the TBDWG web page prior to the meeting.

Background and Authority: The Tick-Borne Disease Working Group was established on August 10, 2017, in accordance with Section 2062 of the 21st Century Cures Act, and the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App., as amended, to provide expertise and review federal efforts related to all tick-borne diseases, to help ensure interagency coordination and minimize overlap, and to examine research priorities. The TBDWG is required to submit a report to the HHS Secretary and Congress on their findings and any recommendations for the federal response to tick-borne disease every two years.

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Dated: March 30, 2020.

James J. Berger,

Senior Advisor for Blood and Tissue Policy, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health.

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[FR Doc. 2020-07438 Filed 4-8-20; 8:45 am]