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Just a thought

Discussion in 'Institute of Medicine (IOM) Government Contract' started by Andrew, Oct 27, 2013.

  1. Andrew

    Andrew Senior Member

    Los Angeles, USA
    My impression is most of our protest is about the inadequacy of the IOM and the fact that the experts are in support of the CCC. What about the fact that the HHS lied (or misrepresented) the CFSAC vote. Isn't that behavior that deserves administrative discipline (or counseling). Not to mention that I think the letter announcement about the IOM had the CFSAC name at the bottom. Why is this not a blatant case of administrative misconduct.
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  2. Nielk


    You are very right, Andrew. As a matter of fact, two voting members of CFSAC are signatories to the experts' letter to HHS urging them to cancel the IOM contract. This action is in direct breach of the CFSAC recommendation.

    This was discussed in a PR article here.

  3. justinreilly

    justinreilly Senior Member

    NYC (& RI)
    Good point, Andrew. They are acting like the snakes they are.
  4. It seems like, in that case, the CFSAC ought to be screaming bloody murder. And by that I mean, not waiting complacently until the next meeting.
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  5. Andrew

    Andrew Senior Member

    Los Angeles, USA
    I agree. Or we could scream bloody murder to the press about this.
  6. alex3619

    alex3619 Senior Member

    Logan, Queensland, Australia
    What next CFSAC meeting? It was postponed. I wonder why?
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  7. SOC

    SOC Senior Member

    Probably a legitimate result of the utter mess caused by the US government shutdown. Lots of organizations are still trying to sort themselves out.
  8. Delia

    Delia Senior Member


    This is a tricky area in my experience. It all depends on who and when you bring these kinds of misconduct up.

    1) if brought up to representatives or government officials/workers they identify with the accused (since this kind of misconduct is pretty much normal) and protect their peers

    2) if brought up right now, in phone calls to the staffers of the top Democrats on the HHS committee (Tom Harkin and Patty Murray) and that we are organizing and preparing statements for the media and will share all relevant documentation of the misconduct, as well as the waste of tax money, if this unnecessary, expensive and harmful IOM contract is not cancelled ASAP.

    THERE is a very good chance of being successful here. they are wanting no more black spots on Sebellius right now to add fuel to the current calls for her resignation.

    Because the Administration/President/Democrats DO NOT want a reappointment process that would derail the rest of this year and into the next, interfere with the Affordable Healthcare Act, and interfere with the continuing budget negotions coming up...

    For those reasons and more it will be likely to get Harkin, Murray and other Dems to out pressure on Sebellius to cancel the contract,

    I hope I wrote this ok. Follow my statements in your calls to Harkins and Murray's offices: ask for the staffer in charge of the hSS committee for the Senator(s)

    And follow what I said in point 2, and be polite, not angry, helpful and resolute. :)

    No threats.

    No swearing. :)

    Just a statement that we are ready to go public. But if the contract is gone, we'll have no need to start our media campaign.

    Remember, the staffers can be your best friend, or worst enemy. They are the gatekeepers of the information and contact.

    Phone numbers:

    Tom Harkin 202-224-3254

    Patty Murray 202-224-2621
    Last edited: Oct 28, 2013
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