Congressional Budget Office Cost Estimate: H.R. 3253: Department of Veterans Affairs Emergency Preparedness Research, Education, and Bio-Terrorism Prevention Act of 2002   [open pdf - 13KB]

"H.R. 3253 would establish at least four medical emergency centers that would carry out research and development, provide education and training, and provide assistance in the case of a national emergency with regard to chemical, biological, and radiological threats. These emergency centers would be located in hospitals operated by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). H.R. 3253 would authorize appropriations of $20 million a year over the 2003-2007 period to operate these centers. As part of the requirement to provide education and training, the bill would require VA to carry out a joint program with the Department of Defense (DoD) to develop and disseminate a series of training programs on the medical responses to terrorist activities. Finally, H.R. 3253 would increase the number of Assistant Secretaries within the VA from six to seven with the new assistant secretary being responsible for operations, preparedness, security, and law enforcement functions."

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