I found Eco's comment above after doing a search for "research advisory committee." And thus I am sharing the following on this thread: Other people have posted clips of Anthony Hardie's testimony regarding IOM, and I watched a longer segment (youtube: "Gulf War: What Kind of Care are Veterans Receiving 20 Years Later?") which corresponds to the USA article above. I didn't know who Coffman was and looked him up - only to find a Forbes article on his site, which describes how RAC (to my understanding) after "bucking up" against VA/IOM found itself re-organized, with people let go, and those remaining under the thumb of VA now. This may be old news for you in the know, but I just happened upon it and thought I'd share in case it had been missed:* http://coffman.house.gov/media-cent...sweeping-changes-to-gulf-war-illness-research *Edit - From Eco post 17: "Considering the above evidence, do we you really think we have a seat on the IOM panel board with the ME/CFS IOM contract considering the fact that they disregarded RAC research data, testimonies and advice in a mandate of Congress? Shortly after the decision of the IOM, the VA gutted the board and reduced funding."