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Printed for the use of the Committee on Government Reform and Oversight
U.S. GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE DEPOSITORY
AUG 18 1998
DAN BURTON, Indiana, Chairman BENJAMIN A. GILMAN, New York
HENRY A. WAXMAN, California J DENNIS HISTERT, Illinois
TOM LANTOS, California CONSTANCEA MORELLA, Maryland ROBERT E. WISE, JR., West Virginia CHRISTOPHER SHAYS, Connecticut
MAJOR R. OWENS, New York STEVEN SCHIFF, New Mexico
EDOLPHUS TOWNS, New York CHRISTOPHER COX, California
PAUL E. KANJORSKI, Pennsylvania ILEANA ROS-LEHTINEN, Florida
GARY A. CONDIT, California JOHN M. MCHUGH, New York
CAROLYN B. MALONEY, New York STEPHEN HORN, California
THOMAS M. BARRETT, Wisconsin JOHN L. MICA, Florida
ELEANOR HOLMES NORTON, Washington, THOMAS M. DAVIS, Virginia
DC DAVID M. MCINTOSH, Indiana
CHAKA FATTAH, Pennsylvania MARK E. SOUDER, Indiana
ELIJAH E. CUMMINGS, Maryland JOE SCARBOROUGH, Florida
DENNIS J. KUCINICH, Ohio JOHN B. SHADEGG, Arizona
ROD R. BLAGOJEVICH, Illinois STEVEN C. LATOURETTE, Ohio
DANNY K. DAVIS, Illinois MARSHALL “MARK” SANFORD, South JOHN F. TIERNEY, Massachusetts Carolina
JIM TURNER, Texas JOHN E. SUNUNU, New Hampshire
THOMAS H. ALLEN, Maine
HAROLD E. FORD, JR., Tennessee
BERNARD SANDERS, Vermont
(Independent) DAN MILLER, Florida
KEVIN BINGER, Staff Director
DANIEL R. MOLL, Deputy Staff Director
JUDITH McCoy, Chief Clerk
SUBCOMMITTEE ON HUMAN RESOURCES
CHRISTOPHER SHAYS, Connecticut, Chairman VINCE SNOWBARGER, Kansas
EDOLPHUS TOWNS, New York BENJAMIN A. GILMAN, New York
THOMAS H. ALLEN, Maine DAVID M. MCINTOSH, Indiana
TOM LANTOS, California MARK E. SOUDER, Indiana
BERNARD SANDERS, Vermont (Ind.) MICHAEL PAPPAS, New Jersey
THOMAS M. BARRETT, Wisconsin STEVEN SCHIFF, New Mexico
DENNIS J. KUCINICH, Ohio
DAN BURTON, Indiana
HENRY A. WAXMAN, California
R. JARED CARPENTER, Clerk
Clauw, Daniel, M.D., chief of rheumatology, Georgetown University
School of Medicine, prepared statement of
Heivilin, Donna, Ph.D., Director, Planning and Reporting, General Ac-
counting Office, prepared statement of
GULF WAR VETERANS' ILLNESSES: THE
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 1998
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
SUBCOMMITTEE ON HUMAN RESOURCES,
Washington, DC. The subcommittee met, pursuant to notice, at 10 a.m., in room 2154, Rayburn House Office Building, Hon. Christopher Shays (chairman of the subcommittee) presiding.
Present: Representatives Shays, Snowbarger, Towns, Kucinich, Allen, and Sanders.
Staff present: Lawrence Halloran, staff director; Robert A. Newman, professional staff member; and Cherri Branson, minority counsel.
Mr. SHAYS. I call this hearing to order and welcome our witnesses and our guests on this very important hearing, and welcome my colleagues, Mr. Towns and Mr. Sanders, as well.
In our oversight report on Gulf war veterans' illnesses, adopted without dissent by the full Government Reform and Oversight Committee in November, we found the Federal research effort had been blind to scientifically important but politically inconvenient, hypotheses about neurotoxic exposures. The committee recommended shifting control of the research agenda to an agency free of the institutional biases and doctrinal restraints we found hobbling the joint Veterans' Affairs and Defense Department program.
Today, we pursue and amplify that recommendation with an indepth review of the Research Working Group of the Persian Gulf Veterans Coordinating Board, the interagency body now responsible for the evaluation and selection of the epidemiological, clinical and basic research critical to the health, and hopes, of sick veterans. The process and product of their work will tell us where we have been, where we are, and where we need to go in studying the causes and cures of Gulf war veterans' illnesses.
The issue today is not blame for false starts and past failures. The issue today, and every day until the discovery of effective treatments, is how to focus a 6-year-old, $115 million research program that appears to confuse motion for progress, quantity for quality, and breadth for depth. The current agenda, although lately pointed toward more probable and promising theories, still projects a diffused, confused path that stretches well over the millennial horizon.