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Notice: CFSAC November 2011 Meeting Changes October 18, 2011

We have heard concerns about changes we have made in the venue and the format of the November 2011 Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Advisory Committee (CFSAC) meeting. Below we provide additional details about the upcoming meeting and our reasons for the changes. 

We are working diligently to address major shifts in budgetary and staffing restrictions and remain committed to protecting the personal safety and well-being of the public attending the meeting. To this end, the November CFSAC meeting will be held in the Columbia Room at the Holiday Inn, located at  550 C. St. SW, Washington, D.C. 20024. This change was made because Room 800 of the HHS Humphrey Building, where previous CFSAC meetings have been held, cannot accommodate more than 50 persons, and HHS staff are required to escort all persons attending the meeting due to the Humphrey Building’s security measures.  The Columbia Room at the Holiday Inn holds a maximum of 300 people and provides an opportunity for the public attendees to move freely about the hotel, rest in their rooms and use open hotel areas including the hotel lobby and restaurant.  HHS will continue to provide a quiet area in the rear of the Columbia Room to accommodate attendees who need a place to rest. As at past CFSAC meetings, HHS will not provide any medical services.

There will be a live audio link to the two day meeting, which will allow listeners to hear the entire meeting in real time. Due to budgetary constraints, we are unable to provide a live video cast of the meeting. We will provide a video recording of the meeting on the CFSAC webpage, http://www.hhs.gov/advcomcfs, which will be posted within one week of the meeting. This recording will be compliant with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act and will include captions.

Time slots for public testimony will be available on a first-come, first-served basis and limited to five minutes per speaker.  Priority will be given to individuals who have not given public testimony in previous meetings. Three hours have been allotted for public testimony. As before, we will accommodate persons who want to provide their testimony by telephone.

Thank you for your continued commitment to, and participation in, the important work of the CFSAC.

CFSAC Support Team