• Patient-advocacy groups.

  • Nongovernment organizations.

  • National Academies committee members for the last 4 years (on the assumption that many of them have served on federal advisory committees).

The committee received responses from 14 organizations-including professional societies, advocacy organizations, university organizations, nongovernment organizations, and patient-advocacy groups—and from over 200 individuals.

The responses are provided on the committee’s Web site (www.nationalacademies.org/cosepup). Not included on the Web site are those who requested that their comments to the committee be confidential.

Among the comments, the committee found many useful suggestions as to how the existing presidential and federal advisory committee process could be improved. The comments contributed to the committee’s findings and recommendations.



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