Reforming and Strengthening ASPR: Ensuring Specialized Capabilities, Sufficient Capacity, and Specific Authorities to Meet 21st Century Public Health Threat   [open pdf - 267KB]

From the Document: "The 2006 Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act (PAHPA) created the position of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR). By statute, the ASPR is the principal advisor to the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on all matters related to federal public health and medical preparedness and response for public health emergencies. [...] PAHPA created the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) under the ASPR to support, coordinate, and provide oversight of advanced development of vaccines and other medical countermeasures. Along with development, the ASPR oversees procurement and deployment of these life-saving products through Project BioShield and the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS). [...] Congress must better align interagency coordination between HHS and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Department of Defense (DoD). Reforms at ASPR, BARDA, and HHS are needed to ensure the organization is strong, agile, and remains focused on the important mission Congress designed: protecting Americans from public health threats. This mission demands ASPR have the ability to leverage cutting-edge innovation and logistics for the ever-changing threats confronting the nation in the 21st Century."

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