The short version: in the 01/05/09 article in the Huffington Post, David Kirby claims that a government committee finalized a report and voted to spend money in a certain way, two actions that in fact the committee has not yet done.
As a commenter at HuffPo said,
I have to assume that you weren't listening in on the December 12 IACC meeting. Otherwise, you would know that the Strategic Plan has not been finalized or voted upon. You are misleading people, Mr. Kirby.
That's after Friday's embarrassing gaffe, in which Kirby can't tell the difference between a private advocacy group and the Obama/Biden transition team.
Here's the background:
The Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) coordinates all efforts within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) concerning autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Through its inclusion of both Federal and public members, the IACC helps to ensure that a wide range of ideas and perspectives are represented and discussed in a public forum.
The NIH has a committee called the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee. Their main goal has been to create a “Strategic Plan”. That’s basically a roadmap for where research should concentrate efforts for the next few years.
As always in strategic planning, it has been a slow and complicated process (see meeting dates and agendas here). The last one was December 12, which Kristina Chew covered in part (agenda and report).
The IACC was not able to complete its review of the draft plan and proposed changes during the allotted time provided by federal regulations. It is tentatively scheduled to reconvene in January to complete its work on the introduction and budgetary requirements for the plan and vote on its approval.