INTERIM REPORT
                                OF THE
                         ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON
                      HUMAN RADIATION EXPERIMENTS

                           OCTOBER 21, 1994


                               CONTENTS


EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

INTRODUCTION
    Charge and Mandate
    How the Committee Functions
    The Committee's Approach
    Tasks and Strategies:  An Overview of the First Six Months
    and the Interim Report

PART I.   AREAS OF INQUIRY: THE FRAMEWORK AND PIECES OF THE
         PUZZLE
    A.   The Problem:  Widely Dispersed and Fragmentary
         Information
    B.   Biomedical Experiments:  1944-1974
         1.   Phase I:  Mapping Experiments and the World in
              Which They Were Set
              a.  Experiment Database
              b.  Ethics Policies and Practices
              c.  Institutional Mapping
              d.  Scientific Standards Timeline
         2.   Phase II:  Focus on Specific Experiments and Their
              Context
              a.   Biomedical Experiments
              b.   Institutional Case Studies
    C.   Intentional Releases
    D.   A Note on Scope
    E.   The Contemporary Story
         1.  Subject Interview Study
         2.  Research Proposal Review Project
         3.  Agency Oversight Review

PART II.  THE AGENCY SEARCH PROCESS AND OTHER METHODS OF INQUIRY:
         THE HUNT FOR PIECES OF THE PUZZLE
    A.   The Agency Search Process
         1.   Initial Reports
         2.   Committee Assessment
         3.   Committee Work with Agencies on Search Strategy
         4.   Classified Documents
    B.   Additional Methods of Inquiry
         1.  Documentary Search
         2.  Ethics Oral History Project and Interview Project

PART III. OUTREACH

PART IV.  INFORMATION MANAGEMENT AND PUBLIC ACCESS

PART V.   TAKING STOCK: SOME INITIAL OBSERVATIONS
    A.   Openness
    B.   Organizing the Secret and Public Worlds of Human
         Radiation Experiments
    C.  Historical Discovery
         1.   Government Ethics Debate and Policy
         2.   Discovery of the Present in the Past
         3.   Government Rediscovery of its Past
    D.   Public Access to the Records of our Past
    E.   Challenges to Reconstructing the Past
         1.   Agency Searches Are Time Consuming
         2.   Data on Experiments Are Fragmentary
         3.   Loss or Destruction of Important Document
              Collections
         4.   Classification

PART VI.  THE NEXT SIX MONTHS
    A.   Work to be Done    
         1.   Continuation of Present Tasks
         2.   Identification of Relevant Ethics Standards
         3.   Considerations and Criteria for a Range of
              Remedies
         4.   Recommendations on Policies for Future Research
    B. Timing of Final Report

APPENDIXES
    A    Executive Order
    B    Charter
    C    Committee Roster
    D    Meeting Dates and Locations
    E    Summary of Agency Records Retrieval
    F    Information Management

TERMS AND ACRONYMS


Interim Report of the Advisory Committee on Human Radiation
Experiments, October 21, 1994