2014
BioWatch: Lessons Learned and the Path Forward: Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications of the Committee on Homeland Security, House of Representatives, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, Second Session, June 10, 2014
United States. Government Printing Office
This hearing testimony is from the June 10, 2014 hearing on "BioWatch: Lessons Learned and the Path Forward" held before the House Committee on Homeland Security. From the opening statement of Susan W. Brooks: "The BioWatch program was established in 2003 in the aftermath of the anthrax attacks that killed five people and sickened more than 20 others. The program is a system of detectors deployed to more than 30 U.S. cities to scan for a number of aerosolized biothreat agents. Recognizing the limitations of the current system, in 2008 the Department's Office of Health Affairs began the process to acquire a next generation detector, known as Gen-3. After a series of missteps spanning two administrations, six years and millions of dollars later, Secretary Johnson cancelled that acquisition on April 29, 2014. We know, through this Subcommittee's biothreat hearing in February and a subsequent classified briefing, that the threat of bioterrorism is real. In fact, in its BioWatch analysis of alternatives performed for the Department, the Institute for Defense Analysis noted that the bioterrorism threat has not changed since 2001. […] As we consider what is next for BioWatch, we must be mindful of what went wrong with Gen-3 so we learn from those mistakes. Unfortunately, this is not the first failed acquisition in the Department's history. SBI-Net [Secure Border Initiative-Net], the A-S-P program, e-Merge, and TASC [The Analytic Sciences Corporation] all suffered from management shortcomings, be it requirements setting, or a failure to follow proper acquisition protocols, such as the completion of alternatives analyses or cost benefit analyses." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Kathryn Brinsfield, Reginald Brothers, Chris Cummiskey, Chris Currie, and Deena S. Disraelly.
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    H. Hrg. 113-70; House Hearing 113-70; Serial No. 113-70
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    2014
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