I think we need to know and understand the CDC as well as possible. What happened with the nomination of Myra McClure is a good example. That was a big blow and came out of nowhere for me. We (i guess an US advocacy org would be best for this) should know exactly how the CDC is organized, how it works and who is in which position. We should know about all the decisions they take that affect us, like the nominations for the SEP panel, for example, when they are being made and by whom. We should know who is our friend and who is our enemy within the CDC and try to establish connections, so we will know of everything that happens as soon as possible and can try to influence the outcome.