On October 2, 2008, CMS published a notice soliciting nominations for individuals to serve on the Program Advisory and Oversight Committee (PAOC), which advises the Secretary of Health and Human Services on Medicare competitive bidding program for durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies (DMEPOS). CMS has a particular interest in individuals with expertise in DMEPOS and competitive bidding, as well as experience in furnishing services and items in the rural and the urban marketplace. CMS will select 10-12 PAOC members representing beneficiaries, physicians, suppliers, professional standards organizations, financial standards specialists, and association representatives, among others. These individuals will replace the previous members of the PAOC (although CMS could reappoint previous members). Nominations are due November 3, 2008.