S. Rept. 114-306: Biodefense Strategy Act of 2016, Report to Accompany S. 2967, August 30, 2016 [open pdf - 294KB]
"The purpose of S. 2967, the National Biodefense Strategy Act of 2016, is to require the President to develop and execute a comprehensive national biodefense strategy. In 2014, several high-ranking Government officials, including former Senator Joseph Lieberman and former Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Thomas Ridge, convened the Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense to assess the state of our nation's biodefense capabilities and to recommend improvement measures. S. 2967 codifies key recommendations of this panel by requiring a holistic national strategy that aims to direct and harmonize all existing agency-specific strategies with respect to biodefense. This strategy would be required to be updated every five years. The bill also requires the President to establish and utilize a Biodefense Coordination Council, which consists of representatives from key Federal agencies in developing the strategy. The Council is directed to review, prioritize and align biodefense activities and spending across the Federal Government in coordination with the Office of Management and Budget. Finally, the bill requires the creation of an annual biodefense expenditures report that details amounts spent on biodefense activities by all Federal departments and agencies."
S. Rept. 114-306; Senate Report 114-306
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