National Preparedness: HHS Is Monitoring the Progress of Its Medical Countermeasure Efforts but Has Not Provided Previously Recommended Spending Estimates, Report to Congressional Committees   [open pdf - 894KB]

"Public health emergencies--the 2001 anthrax attacks, the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic, and others--have raised concerns about national vulnerability to threats from chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear agents and new infectious diseases. There are some medical countermeasures--drugs, vaccines, and medical devices such as diagnostics--available to prevent, diagnose, or mitigate the public health impact of these agents and diseases, and development continues. HHS [Department of Health and Human Services] leads federal efforts to develop and procure countermeasures through the interagency PHEMCE [Public Health Emergency Medical Countermeasures Enterprise]. The Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act of 2013 mandated GAO [Government Accountability Office] to examine HHS's and PHEMCE's planning documents for medical countermeasure development and procurement needs and priorities. This report examines the extent to which HHS developed timelines, milestones, and spending estimates for PHEMCE priorities. GAO reviewed relevant laws; analyzed HHS's 2012 PHEMCE Strategy and Implementation Plan, HHS's tools for tracking the implementation of PHEMCE activities, and data on countermeasure spending from fiscal years 2010 through 2013; and interviewed HHS officials. […] Although GAO is not making any new recommendations, based on prior work GAO is continuing to emphasize its 2011 recommendation that HHS make more specific anticipated spending information available to countermeasure developers. In its comments, HHS discussed its efforts to develop spending estimates."

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