Preliminary Report on Literature Search for Legal Weapons of Mass Destruction Seminars   [open pdf - 607KB]

"Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) is pleased to submit to the Advanced Systems and Concepts Office this preliminary report in support of the Legal Weapons of Mass Destruction Seminars project of Task Order Requirements Package No. 27, Current Events Research and Seminar Support. In fulfillment of Technical Requirement 3.1.1, this report presents the preliminary results of SAIC's literature search of legal authorities relevant to weapons of mass destruction (WMD) consequence management (CM). A bibliography, which will be used when researching the legal Deskbook, is included in this report. This report addresses some of the top-level Federal and State statutes and Federal directives that define the roles and responsibilities of various departments and agencies as they relate to consequence management. The report also identifies some of the issues resulting from the interaction of Federal and State departments and agencies that perform similar CM functions, as well as those issues that may arise as the affected agencies transition through the various phases of emergency and consequence management response. [...] This report also identifies various provisions of Federal law and other legal authorities that address the authority of the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to safeguard the public health in the event of a public health emergency. As with most other consequence management functions, State authorities have the primary role in managing public health emergencies. The role of the Secretary of HHS in enforcing quarantines and other containment measures changes from lead to supporting role depending on whether the measures are conducted in an area under Federal jurisdiction. However, the respective areas of responsibility and requisite coordination between Federal entities and the State during a biological WMD terrorist event remain less clearly defined." Note: This document has been added to the Homeland Security Digital Library in agreement with the Project on Advanced Systems and Concepts for Countering WMD (PASCC) as part of the PASCC collection. Permission to download and/or retrieve this resource has been obtained through PASCC.

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Advanced Systems and Concepts Office, Report Number 2002 032
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