Department of Energy's Pandemic Influenza Planning   [open pdf - 912KB]

" Specifically, we found that: Of the 72 organizations required to submit a pandemic plan by a June 1, 2007, deadline set by the DOE Continuity Program Manager, only 36 (or 50 percent) met the requirement. In addition, only one of the four DOE power administrations submitted a plan, which is of particular concern given their role in ensuring the Nation's electricity infrastructure; As of October 11, 2007, at the conclusion of our field work, 53 of 80 organizations (or 66 percent) had submitted their pandemic plans; the Continuity Program Manager explained that the number of organizations required to submit plans had increased since the June 1, 2007, deadline; Coordination with individual State or U.S. Department of Health and Human Services officials for the release of pandemic vaccines and antivirals had not been completed; Of the 11 required Monitoring Team technical advisory positions and 1 Medical Officer position, 4 advisory positions and the Medical Officer position remained unfilled as of October 11, 2007; Although much progress has been made, DOE had not fully implemented an overall corporate process for identifying and reporting employees who would be unable to perform their work during a pandemic; DOE had not conducted a 'social distancing' drill (e.g., use of teleworking, limited use of mass transit, and restrictions on meetings and gatherings) to test its ability to perform mission-essential functions while minimizing person-to-person contact; and, Although DOE had initiated a pandemic influenza education and information campaign, including a voluntary training course, only 550 of approximately 140,000 DOE Federal and contractor employees were trained as of October 11, 2007."

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