Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service

Black Commissioned Officers Advisory Group


Committee Charges

Per the BCOAG Bylaws, the Membership Committee shall:

  • Coordinate all activities related to the nomination of voting members to the BCOAG;
  • Solicit support and interest from the general BCOAG members in recruiting activities;
  • Prepare the Membership Packet for nominated voting members and submit to BCOAG Chair who shall forward it to the OSG by October 30th of each year;
  • Work with Communications and Public Relations and Nomination and Membership Committees in recruiting Black and African-American Officers to the PHS or BCOAG;
  • Identify and organize at least one BCOAG driven recruiting project per year;
  • Work with the Career Development/Advancement and Awards/Recognition Committees for retention of officers to the PHS or BCOAG; and
  • Obtain a statistical report from the Office of Commissioned Corps Operation (OCCO) on the number of Black and African-American Officers serving in the PHS, by Categories and by Agencies at least annually.

 Membership Composition

  1. Size of BCOAG: The BCOAG membership will consist of at least nine (9) and no more than twenty (20) voting members appointed by the Surgeon General, from various representation organizations. For the purpose of unity, all Black and African American Commissioned Officers and civil s servants that actively participate in fulfilling the purpose of BCOAG will be referred to as members.
  2. Organization Representation: At a minimum, there should be a member from each of the PHS agencies. In addition, one member should also be selected to represent those non-PHS programs that are routinely staffed by PHS personnel ( for example, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the U.S. Coast Guard, the Bureau of Prisons, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the District of Columbia's St. Elizabeth's Hospital). The BCOAG will, through its nomination process, strive to have members who will represent each PHS professional category, agency, rank and geographic consideration.
  3. Geographic Consideration: At least two (2) individuals whose regular duty stations are geographically removed by a distance of seventy-five (75) or more miles from the Washington Metropolitan Area will be members.

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