Department of Labor seeks nominations to advisory board on compensation, benefits for current, former nuclear weapons industry workers
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor is seeking nominations for membership on the Advisory Board on Toxic Substances and Worker Health for Part E of the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act.
The board advises the Secretary of Labor and the department’s Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs, which administers compensation and medical benefits for current and former nuclear weapons workers diagnosed with medical conditions related to their exposure to toxic substances at covered nuclear facilities. In 2015, Executive Order 13699 directed the department to establish the board.
Two-year terms for current board members expire in July 2022. Current members may be reappointed. The Secretary will appoint 12 to 15 representative members to serve 2-year board terms. The board must reflect a proper balance of perspectives from the scientific, medical and claimant communities.
“Board members work together to suggest improvements to the energy program. Access to their expertise allows the Division of Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation to ensure claimants receive timely and accurate compensation for illnesses resulting from their work in the nuclear weapons industry,” said Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs Director Christopher J. Godfrey.
“Nuclear weapons industry workers sacrificed for the defense of our nation and we are committed to doing our best to assist those in need of help and support,” Godfrey added.
Review the Federal Register notice to learn more or nominate an individual for the advisory board. Deadline for nominations is May 6, 2022.
OWCP provides administrative services, funds, staff and other necessary support services for the board, and performs the administrative functions of the president under the Federal Advisory Committee Act.
Send questions about the board to EnergyAdvisoryBoard@dol.gov.