Statement for the Record, Jeffrey W. Runge, MD Chief Medical Officer, Office of Health Affairs before the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Homeland Security 'Bioterrorism Preparedness and Role of DHS Chief Medical Officer' March 29, 2007   [open pdf - 42KB]

From the statement of Jeffrey Runge:"Thank you for the opportunity to share information with you about the new Office of Health Affairs (OHA) within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS, or Department). OHA is designed to allow an expansion of the original duties of the DHS Chief Medical Officer (CMO) to fill gaps the Department identified in the areas of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and Biodefense Operations, Planning, and Readiness; and the health and safety of the DHS workforce. In response to the increasingly difficult challenges of protecting our country from bioterrorism and natural agents that threaten the health and well-being of the public, Secretary Chertoff created the position of CMO within the Preparedness Directorate of the Department as part of the Second Stage Review in July 2005. This position was created to provide the Secretary with a counselor from the medical profession to advise him on health care and public health related security issues that may arise during a catastrophic incident. This person also provides expertise in the Department's responsibilities to the Nation's biodefense."

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