Ten years ago the CDC was under major scrutiny by the ME/CFS community and others because they misappropriated funds meant for CFS research was allocated to other programs. Well, according to CFIDS Association President Kim McCleary, the CDC has been doing the same thing with CFS research money since 2004.
McCleary addressed the following surrounding the CDC to the testimony to the DHHS Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Advisory Committee:
- She questioned CDC leadership, accountability and performance related to three contracts the CFS research program funded totaling more than $9.8 million that produced few results in 4 years.
- She stated that her testimony followed an extended series of discussions with CDC and that information about spending and obligations was provided by CDC, but it was not critically assessed by those with authority to alter the ineffective commitment of large amounts of money to unproductive contracts.
- She expressed concern about the peer review and urged the Committee to make recommendations that would lead to immediate corrective actions.