December 30, 2017
The White House is dismantling it’s Presidential Advisory council on HIV and AIDS informing the remaining 16 members of the council by mail.
The decision to fire the members on the council Wednesday comes in response to six members walking away over the summer, resigning in an enraged op-ed published in Newsweek.
Members of the council said they weren’t given a reason for their removal, but acknowledge the fact many of them were Obama-Era appointees, and that administrations often want to appoint their own people.
The council’s executive director, B. Kaye Hayes said, “Changing the makeup of federal advisory committee members is a common occurrence during Administration changes.”
She added similar moves were made by both the Obama and George W. Bush administration.
The advisory council was created back in 1995, to advise the secretary of Health and Human Services, in creating programs and policies pertaining to the HIV epidemic.