PRESIDENT SIGNS EXECUTIVE ORDER
FORMING ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON HUMAN RADIATION EXPERIMENTS
The Clinton Administration today continued efforts to uncover the
nature and extent of government-sponsored experiments on individuals
involving intentional exposure to ionizing radiation. The President
today released an Executive Order that will establish an Advisory
Committee on Human Radiation Experiments. The Advisory Committee, to be
made up of outside-government experts in medicine, science and ethics,
will provide to the Human Radiation Interagency Working Group advice and
recommendations on human radiation experiments conducted by the
government since the 1940's. This Advisory Committee shall comply with
the terms of the Federal Advisory Committee Act.
In other actions:
On January 3, 1994, the White House called for the formation of a Human
Radiation Interagency Working Group to coordinate the government-wide
effort to uncover the nature and extent of any government sponsored
experiments on individuals involving intentional exposure to ionizing
radiation. The members of the Human Radiation Interagency Working
Group include the Secretary of Energy, the Secretary of Defense, the
Secretary of Health and Human Services, the Secretary of Veterans
Affairs, the Attorney General, the Administrator of the National
Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Director of Central
Intelligence, and the Director of the Office of Management and Budget.
Christine Varney, Secretary to the Cabinet, will issue a memorandum
tomorrow to federal departments and agencies with formal instructions
concerning the retrieval and inventory of records on human radiation
experiments consistent with discussions by staff of the Human Radiation
Interagency Working Group. The memo calls for each agency to establish
procedures for document handling and review.
The Human Radiation Hotline service will soon be upgraded to handle 500
calls an hour.