International Lyme And Associated Diseases Society
Leaders in Lyme Disease Education and Training

Program Schedule

Dan Byers
Saturday, November 5th, 2016
1:30 PM - 5:00 PM: Breakout Session F - Legal Discussions - Moderator: Gregg P. Skall, JD
With the election only a week away and talk of a "lame duck" session, in the U.S. Congress, this could be the most important legislative session for tick-borne diseases and the doctors who treat them in years. What LLMDs and Lyme patients need to know about the legislative process and how to be effective advocates. A discussion of federal and state legislative proposals, where things are and what physicians need to do.
Dan Byers is senior director for policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Institute for 21st Century Energy. Byers is responsible for leading the Institute's efforts to promote and maintain coal's vital role in America's energy system. 

 Before joining the Chamber, Byers served as staff director of the Energy and Environment Subcommittee for the House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. The subcommittee jurisdiction includes science and technology activities at the Department of Energy (DOE), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Byers' work on the subcommittee focused on revitalizing oversight of EPA, including development and execution of strategies to reform and improve the agency's regulatory science activities. 

 During the second term of the Bush administration, Byers served from 2005 to 2009 as deputy to the associate director for technology at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), where he oversaw policy development and coordination associated with a broad suite of technology issues. From April 2007 to January 2009, he also worked for the White House National Economic Council, leading the development and coordination of telecommunications policy for the Bush Administration. 

 Specialties: Expertise in energy and environmental policy, general policy development, government processes, strategic planning, and achieving consensus among senior level decision-makers representing diverse interests. Note: Byers is participating in this conference in his personal capacity as a former Congressional staffer with chronic Lyme.