Bioterrorism: Coordination and Preparedness: Statement of Janet Heinrich Director, Health Care--Public Health Issues, Testimony before the Subcommittee on Government Efficiency, Financial Management, and Intergovernmental Relations, Committee on Government Reform, House of Representatives [open pdf - 1MB]
The U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO) has found that federal agencies are participating in research and preparedness activities, from improving the detection of biological agents to developing a national stockpile of pharmaceuticals to treat victims of disasters. Federal agencies coordinate these activities on a formal and informal basis; for example, interagency work groups facilitate the process. Despite the efforts, however, coordination between agencies remain fragmented. In addition, the GAO has found emerging concerns about the preparedness of state and local jurisdictions, including insufficient state and local planning for response to terrorist events, inadequate public health infrastructure, a lack of hospital participation in training on terrorism and emergency response planning, insufficient capabilities for treating mass casualties, and the timely availability of medical teams and resources in an emergency. This testimony summarizes the September 2001 report (GAO-01-915).
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