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Senior Member
East Coast USA
In the words of University of Alberta professor, Andrew Mason, “If the patients improve, after a certain point you stop debating whether it causes the disease and say, the treatment works and we’re going to use it.” Washington Post, August 24, 2010


nice work.

can someone add in brackets "If the patients improve [on antiretrovirals]" to the Mason quote to give it context?


Senior Member
Gemini - Thanks for pointing that out

Will make the changes but if others use this press release, they too can make the change.

Again, please be a part of this major media campaign. The CDC wants this all buried and dead. Don't let them do that to us and the rest of the populations.

We must speak now. This is our chance. Please open your mouths and say what you want, help, be a part in your illness finally. If we all do not take part in something as big as this, then no one else will do it for us. The suffering we have been through will continue for millions more of the children, young, Moms/Dads, etc for as long as the CDC can get away with it. Don't let them get away with this cover-up anymore. Don't let them demean you. Cancer patients aren't demeaned. People in war-torn countries/concentration camps/prisons/other horrible abusive situations that create insane stress do not get CFS, so why US?

Help. Be a part of your own recovery. Now is the time and we may not get this chance again.


Senior Member
As noted by the above smart person: The official job description from OPM

It is apparent to me that the CDC is not looking for a heavy-hitter for this position. Basically, just about anyone will do. And that's what they want. They don't want a real researcher or virologist or MD with real experience with CFS sick. They are happy to take someone with a PhD in the social sciences - for crying out loud. This is NOT a serious job description and it shows to me that they don't want a serious person in this position. Just someone to shut up, do what they are told, and take the heat that is coming. But they don't want a real scientist. GEE CDC: We are all so darn stupid that we can't see what game you are playing. They can't put Switzer in because he does not have either a PhD or an MD. That's good, he's a moron, but he did what he was told to do, which was a bogus study.


Job Title: Chief, Chronic Viral Diseases Branch
Department: Department Of Health And Human Services
Agency: Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
Job Announcement Number: AD10-10-031

SALARY RANGE: $118,846.00 - $199,700.00 /year
Executive level compensation package is commensurate with qualifications and experience, which may result in a higher salary than reflected above.
OPEN PERIOD: Thursday, August 19, 2010 to Friday, September 17, 2010

DUTY LOCATIONS: 1 vacancy - Atlanta, GA
WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED: Applications will be accepted from all groups of qualified persons, including non-citizens and Public Health Service Commissioned Officers. No previous federal experience is required. This is an Excepted Service position under Title 42. This appointment does not confer any entitlement to a position in the competitive service and no entitlement to Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) appeal rights.

AMENDMENT- announcement amended to extend closing date

Become a part of the Department that touches the lives of every American! At the Department of Health and Human Services you can give back to your community, state, and country by making a difference in the lives of Americans everywhere. Join HHS and help to make our world healthier, safer and better for all Americans.

The CDC is dedicated to protecting health and promoting quality of life through the prevention and control of disease, injury, and disability. We are committed to programs that reduce the health and economic consequences of the leading causes of death and disability, ensuring a long, productive, and healthy life for all people.

This position serves as Chief of the Chronic Viral Diseases Branch, Division of High-Consequence Pathogens an Pathology, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases and is responsible for leadership, direction, and coordination of the epidemiologic and laboratory research within the branch.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The USAJOBS resume builder is not available for submitting resumes when applying for this position. Your USAJOBS resume will not automatically be uploaded to HHS Careers. Therefore, please see the 'How to Apply' tab or section in this vacancy announcement for step-by-step instructions on how to submit your resume and supporting documentation. Failure to follow the 'How to Apply' instructions will result in loss of consideration.

Moving expenses may be authorized.
Recruitment or Relocation Incentive may be authorized.
Background and/or Security Investigation is required.

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Additional Duty Location Info:

1 vacancy - Atlanta, GA

This position serves as the Chief, Chronic Viral Diseases Branch and is responsible for managing the laboratory research and epidemiology programs for the Branch. The incumbent serves as principal investigator of epidemiology studies, and personally develops laboratory research programs designed to improve diagnosis and management of human papillomavirus (HPV)-associated cancers, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), and other related unexplained or chronic illnesses. As Branch Chief, the incumbent plans, organizes, directs, and evaluates the activities of the Branch. Duties may include conducting surveillance and hypothesis-driven clinical studies of CFS; developing novel genomic and proteomic laboratory assays to be used in studies of CFS; developing bioinformatics techniques to elucidate the path physiology of CFS and similar diseases; developing, executing, and evaluating medical and public education programs to decrease morbidity associated with DCFS; conducting laboratory based epidemiologic studies of HPV infection and cervical cancer to enable effective control and prevention; conducting research concerning human immune responses to HPV, CFS, and other related unexplained or chronic illnesses.

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Basic Qualifications for AD-0601: Applicants must possess a degree with a major study in an academic field related to the health sciences or allied sciences appropriate to the work of the position. In addition to the basic qualifications requirement, a Ph.D. or other earned doctorate is required in one or more of the following: disease prevention or related health sciences, public health, epidemiology, social or behavioral science. ((THEY REALLY DO NOT WANT A REAL RESEARCHER/VIROLOGIST, JUST A PHD - SOCIAL SCIENCES FINE!?))

Basic Qualifications for AD-0602: Physicians must have a Doctorate of Medicine or Doctor of Osteopathy from a school in the United States or Canada approved by a recognized accredited body in the year of the applicant's graduation and a current medical license to practice medicine and surgery in a State or Territory of the U.S. or in the District of Columbia. A Doctor of Medicine or equivalent degree from a foreign medical school that provided education and medical knowledge substantially equivalent to accredited schools in the United States may be demonstrated by permanent certification by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) or a fifth pathway certificate for Americans who completed pre medical education in the United States and graduate education in a foreign country. Applicants who have completed part or all of their education outside of the U.S. must have their foreign education evaluated by an accredited organization to ensure that the foreign education is comparable to education received in accredited educational institutions in the U.S. If the medical degree was received from a foreign medical school, but you are licensed to practice medicine in a State, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a territory of the United States, no other certification is required. (((ANY MD WILL DO))

Since this position has a specific education requirement, applicants must verify completion of this basic education requirement by submitting a copy of an official college transcript with the application. For AD-0602, you may submit a copy of your current medical license to verify completion of the basic education requirement. We will be unable to return these documents to you. However, if selected for this position, you must provide an original, official college transcript before appointment.

In addition to the above education requirements, applicants must possess at least one year of professional specialized experience. Specialized experience is that which is directly related to the position and which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) to successfully perform the duties of the position, to include experience in conducting and managing complex research projects related to infectious diseases. Each element must be addressed individually as an attachment to your application. This evidence must include clear, concise examples that show level of accomplishment and degree of responsibility.

(1) High degree of public health prominence and expertise, and a distinguished record of accomplishments in the fields of laboratory science and public health practice such that the individual can readily command the respect of the national and international public health communities and stimulate their interest in disease prevention and control strategies at CDC

(2) Strong leadership experience in creating a vision and setting direction for large organizations, such as a scientific, public health, academic or non-governmental organization. Inherent is the ability to lead organizational change, leverage divergent positions or organizations in a manner which contributes to organizational effectiveness, and/or align or realign organizational resources for improved impact;

(3) Leadership experience in directing and managing a public health research organization, including establishing strategic plans and policies, developing and presenting budgets, evaluating program accomplishments, and building and maintaining a diverse staff;

(4) Experience in developing and implementing national, state, or local policies and programs in the areas of laboratory science, epidemiology, surveillance, public health practice, and health economics;

(5) Experience that indicates the ability to deal effectively with high-level government officials, the scientific and academic communities, national or international medical and health-related organizations, diverse community and non-governmental groups, media, and the public at large;

A supervisory probationary period will be required. Applicants should describe any previous experience or responsibility which could be used in relation to the requirements of this position.

Applicants may visit the CDC home page at http:www.cdc.gov

If selected for this position, selectee must qualify for a Federal security clearance. Failure to be granted the required security clearance may be grounds for termination.

If selected for this position, a financial disclosure form will be required. However, it is not required as part of your application. Click the following link for information regarding conflict of interests/standards of conduct for prospective employees. http://www2.cdc.gov/hrmo/PreEmpEt.htm

Applicants with a disability who need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process, please notify the Disabilities Program Manager at (770) 488-1720. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.


Applicants must meet the qualification requirements as outlined above to be eligible for further consideration. You must provide detailed evidence of the experience, knowledge, skill, ability, and other personal characteristic requirements and show how and when they were used. Each element must be addressed individually as an attachment to your application. This evidence must include clear, concise examples that show level of accomplishment and degree of responsibility. Qualification determinations will be based on the information provided in your application and the requirements of the position.

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You may participate in the Federal Employees Health Benefits program, with costs shared with your employer. More info: http://www.usajobs.gov/jobextrainfo.asp#FEHB.

Life insurance coverage is provided. More info: http://www.usajobs.gov/jobextrainfo.asp#life

Long-Term Care Insurance is offered and carries into your retirement. More info: http://www.usajobs.gov/jobextrainfo.asp#ltci

New employees are automatically covered by the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). If you are transferring from another agency and covered by CSRS, you may continue in this program. More info: http://www.usajobs.gov/jobextrainfo.asp#retr

You will earn annual vacation leave. More info: http://www.usajobs.gov/jobextrainfo.asp#VACA

You will earn sick leave. More info: http://www.usajobs.gov/jobextrainfo.asp#SKLV

You will be paid for federal holidays that fall within your regularly scheduled tour of duty. More info: http://www.usajobs.gov/jobextrainfo.asp#HOLI

Tele-work / telecommuting may be made available after you have come on board. More info: http://www.usajobs.gov/jobextrainfo.asp#TELE

Alternative work schedule options are available.

You can use Health Care Flexible Spending Accounts for expenses that are tax-deductible, but not reimbursed by any other source, including out-of-pocket expenses and non-covered benefits under their FEHB plans. More Info: http://www.usajobs.gov/jobextrainfo.asp#FSA

This job is being filled by an alternative hiring process and is not in the competitive civil service.

Back to top How To Apply

You must submit your application so that it will be received by the closing date of the announcement.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The USAJOBS resume builder is not available for submitting resumes when applying for this position. Your USAJOBS resume will not be automatically uploaded to HHS Careers.

You must submit your application so that it will be received by the closing date of the announcement.

Applications should be forwarded electronically to E-Mail address seniorpositions@cdc.gov.

Applicants must submit one of the following: (1) An OF-612 (Optional Application for Federal Employment), or an SF-171 (Application for Federal Employment); (2) a Curriculum Vitae, or Resume; (3) or any other application form you choose.

Failure to include the following information in your application may result in the loss of job consideration:

QUALIFICATION RESPONSES: Include separate statements addressing the mandatory qualifications listed on this announcement.

APPLICATION INFORMATION: - Correct announcement number(s), and the title of the position for which you are applying.

PERSONAL INFORMATION: - Full name, mailing address (with zip code) and day and evening phone number (with area code)

EDUCATION: - Name and location of colleges or universities you attended and major field of study.

WORK EXPERIENCE: - Give the following information for your paid and nonpaid work experience related to the job for which you are applying. (Do not send job descriptions.)

Job Titles (include series and grade, if Federal)

Duties and accomplishments

Employer's name and address

Supervisor's name and phone number

Starting and ending dates (month and year)

Annual Salary

Number of people supervised

OTHER QUALIFICATIONS: - List relevant publications and any other qualifications or training you have which you feel makes you a good candidate for this position.

Submit narrative statements responding to each of the knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) identified in the announcement. This information will be used to determine your eligibility and/or rating and is required.

Atlanta Human Resources Center
Phone: 770-488-1796
Email: seniorpositions@cdc.gov Agency Information:
Department Of Health And Human Services
4770 Buford Hwy
MS K07; Attn: Anita Gregoire
Atlanta, GA 30341

When the vacancy announcement closes, an evaluation of your qualifications will be determined by a panel of experts. The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified regarding your status.


Senior Member
They are happily "catching on" at last. For all of you across the pond - great news indeed..


Senior Member
Victoria, Australia
To Tina, Muffin or whomever it may concern!

This sentence (below) in the proposed ad seems to me to be be either a 'hung' sentence or is not worded properly -OR more likely it could be my fatigued brain just not making sense of it!

'This serves as a pivotal time that calls for a change from paltry research in the last twenty-five years of an illness that now disables millions worldwide.'


Senior Member
Help the CDC get the very BEST for this position - use button on right; SHARE JOB


The SHARE JOB button has many (hundreds) of places to shoot this job post to. I spent some time shooting this Job Post all over so that more good candidates can see and maybe apply.

I believe they did extend the date past two weeks (AMENDMENT- announcement amended to extend closing date). The CDC or OPM or someone prob saw that the dates were far too short or they heard far too many complaints that this was already a "fixed" or done-deal and that is not what we want. And IF the CDC picks another lackey loser for this job, they know they will hear about it and it will be in the public domain so fast and the CDC does not want to keep looking stupid in this area. That doesn't mean they won't continue to play games with us, they just don't want the public to see them for all that they are - game playing, scandal/cover-up idiots who wouldn't know a real epidemic from a Swine Flu.

Enid: The only "catching on" that the CDC is doing is major damage control and trying to play their message. So, they are making it look like they are trying to do the right thing when that is NOT the case. They are tring to cover their butts and this is part of that game. Don't trust the CDC. Don't listen to the CDC. These people are so damn stupid and miss so much of what is really going on that it is well past time that a huge group of inspectors go in, clean house, cut the budget and cut out the dead-wood and the sleazes. Frieden won't do this, someone made it clear to him to shut up and play games with Americans being overweight and smoking. Such easy and stupid things for the CDC to be doing.

CDC: WE are watching you.