The Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee is looking for a new member.
The CCAC is an 11-member panel that reviews and makes
recommendations for coin and medal design proposals and programs. The
panel position open requires a person specially qualified by
education, training or experience in American history.
Because First-Class and Priority Mail to government offices
continues subject to irradiation aimed at protecting against
biological contamination, candidates are asked not to submit
applications and supportive documents by those means.
The U.S. Mint’s liaison to the CCAC, William Norton, warned in his
Jan. 29 posting in the Federal Register that, for submissions through
the U.S. Postal Service by First-Class and Priority Mail delivery,
subject to irradiation, “Support materials put through this process
may suffer irreversible damage.”
The posting adds: “We encourage you to consider using alternate
delivery services, especially when sending time-sensitive material.”
The deadline for submitting applications for CCAC membership
consideration is March 28.
The USPS began irradiating mail in November 2001 at a number of
its larger mail-sorting facilities, in response to contaminated mail
shipped after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
Approximately 10 years ago, irradiation of mail was scaled back to
only those materials mailed to government offices.
Coin World’s sister publication, Linn’s Stamp News, has regularly
reported on and illustrated rare stamps and postal covers destroyed by
the irradiation process.
Although the CCAC application process includes the irradiation
warning, the Jan. 29 Federal Register notice goes on to state: “Any
member of the public wishing to be considered for this participation
on the CCAC should submit a resume and cover letter describing
qualifications for membership, by fax to 202-756-6525, or by mail to
the United States Mint, 801 9th Street NW., Washington, DC 20001,
Attn: Greg Weinman. Submissions must specify the candidate’s
qualification in American history.
Weinman is a member of the U.S. Mint’s legal staff.
The United States Mint will review all submissions and will
forward its recommendations to the Secretary of the Treasury for
The CCAC, congressionally authorized in 2003, comprises 11
members, each position requiring specific credentials:
➤ One person specially qualified as a nationally or
internationally recognized curator in the United States of a
numismatic collection. Currently held by Robert Hoge.
➤ One person specially qualified in the medallic arts or
sculpture. Currently held by Heidi Wastweet.
➤ One person specially qualified in American history. Position of
Michael A. Ross, expiring.
➤ One person specially qualified in numismatics. Currently held by
➤ Three persons who can represent the interests of the general
public in the coinage of the United States. Currently held by Erik
Jansen, Gary Marks (current CCAC chairman) and Jeanne Stevens-Sollman.
➤ Four persons appointed by the Secretary of the Treasury on the
basis of the recommendations by the U.S. House and Senate leadership.
Currently held by Thomas J. Uram, Donald Scarinci, Mike Moran and
CCAC members are appointed for a term of four years.
No individual may be appointed to the CCAC while serving as an
officer or employee of the federal government.
The CCAC is subject to the direction of the Secretary of the
Treasury. Meetings of the CCAC are open to the public and are held
about six to eight times per year.
The U.S. Mint is responsible to provide necessary support,
technical services, and advice to the CCAC.
CCAC members are not paid for their time or services, but,
consistent with Federal Travel Regulations, members are reimbursed for
their travel and lodging expenses to attend meetings.
CCAC members are Special Government Employees and are subject to
the Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch
(5 CFR Part 2635).
The CCAC website, which includes biographies of current CCAC
members, is located at www.ccac.gov. ■