ABSTRACT

Influenza Pandemic: Agencies Report Progress in Plans to Protect Federal Workers but Oversight Could Be Improved, Report to the Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management, the Federal Workforce, and the District of Columbia, Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, United States Senate   [open pdf - 1MB]

"Federal agencies must plan to protect federal workers essential to ensuring the continuity of the country's critical operations in the event of a pandemic. GAO [Government Accountability Office] reported in 2009 that agencies had made uneven progress in developing operational influenza pandemic plans and some agencies were not close to having plans. In addition, there was no real mechanism to monitor agencies' progress. GAO was asked to (1) determine what progress federal agencies report they have made since GAO's 2009 report and identify challenges federal agencies report they face in protecting their workforce during an influenza pandemic, and (2) determine the extent to which oversight of agencies' progress is being conducted and how the oversight information is being used. GAO surveyed the 24 agencies covered by the Chief Financial Officers Act of 1990, conducted a follow-up case study review, and interviewed agency officials responsible for providing guidance to other federal agencies in planning for an influenza pandemic. […] GAO recommends that DHS [Department of Homeland Security] provide additional oversight of agencies' pandemic preparedness and help focus attention on areas of uneven progress reported in GAO's survey by directing FEMA [Federal Emergency Management Agency] to include in its biennial assessments of agencies' continuity capabilities consideration of agencies' progress in assessing exposure risk levels of occupational exposure, identifying appropriate protective measures, and establishing operational plans to provide such protections for federal workers during an influenza pandemic. DHS concurred with the recommendation."

Report Number:
GAO-12-748
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Date:
2012-07
Copyright:
Public Domain
Retrieved From:
Government Accountability Office: http://www.gao.gov/
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pdf
Media Type:
application/pdf
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