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Guidelines for Public Comment at IACC Meetings

Prior to each in-person meeting of the IACC full committee, the Office of Autism Research Coordination (OARC) issues a Federal Register notice and an announcement on the IACC website providing the guidelines for how the public can provide their input in the form of either oral or written public comments. The Federal Register notice and announcement provide instructions and deadlines. Pre-registration and an accompanying written statement are required for oral public comments. Please note that individuals must be age 18 and above to provide public comment to the IACC, as described in the IACC Public Comment Privacy Policy .

In addition to comments collected following solicitations in the Federal Register prior to meetings, written public comments are collected throughout the year and are provided to the committee at their full committee in-person meetings.

IACC public comments are intended for the IACC full committee, allowing all members of the committee an equal opportunity to benefit from the public input provided; public comment should not be used to correspond with individual members of the committee. In addition, the OARC cannot collect or provide public comments addressed to or on behalf of guest speakers or individuals who are not members of the committee, or for outside organizations, and these outside individuals and groups are under no obligation to receive or consider public comment under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA).

The committee appreciates public input received through requests for information, written public comments and oral public comment sessions at meetings. Though the committee is unable to respond to each comment individually, the committee takes input received into consideration during deliberations, updates to the IACC Strategic Plan, and in efforts to provide the Secretary of HHS with advice on issues of critical importance to the ASD community.

Venues for Public Comment

The Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) is a Federal advisory committee that provides advice to the Secretary of Health and Human Services on issues related to autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and provides a forum for public input into the Federal advisory process. The IACC welcomes public participation and input, offering several venues for members of the public to observe and/or comment on proceedings and activities of the IACC, including oral public comment periods at in-person meetings, special events such as town hall meetings, formal Requests for Information (RFIs), and opportunities to submit written comments to the IACC through the form above.

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