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Wolf at the Navy Yard: How Security Clearance Procedures Failed to Prevent Tragedy

When Aaron Alexis entered building 197 on the Washington Navy Yard and killed 12 people, families and authorities needed answers to address how such a tragedy could take place. A new report aims to point the blame for the event on a defective security clearance process. The report, “Slipping Through...

FISC Judges Worry About Increased Workload from FISA

When it comes to applying limitations to intelligence gathering operations, it’s seen as the responsibility of the political branches of the United States to decide the legal requirements within the bounds of the Constitution. With this in mind, John D. Bates, Director of the Administrative Office of the United States...

First Responders Defined by the NCHRP

The term ‘first responder’ has been used to describe a number of individuals, from firefighters to FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) personnel. However, with the introduction of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012, a working definition needs to be agreed upon between federal and state...

Outbreaks: No State Boasts a Perfect Score in Disease Prevention

The Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) has released a report to examine the United State’s policies involving the response to infectious disease threats. The report, titled “Outbreaks: Protecting Americans from Infectious Diseases” examines 10 indicators in each state that offer a “composite snapshot” to show how well prepared states are...

ASTHO & CDC Announce Release of National Health Security Preparedness Index™

Last week the Association for State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and 20 other development partners announced the release of the National Health Security Preparedness Index™ (NHSPI™). The partners assert that the Index is “a new way to measure...

Gun Violence: Prediction, Prevention, and Policy

In February 2013, the American Psychological Association (APA) commissioned a panel of experts to conduct research and analysis on gun violence in the United States. The panel’s research culminated this week in a final APA report: “Gun Violence: Prediction, Prevention, and Policy.” The report seeks to “convey research-based conclusions and...

How Animal Antibiotics Threaten Public Health

In industrial food animal production (IFAP), using antibiotics as a preventative measure rather than a therapeutic one has been common practice for several decades. Now, a study by the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future (JHCLF) finds that the continued overuse of antibiotics in livestock has lead to dangerous...

Prescription Drug Abuse: Strategies to Stop the Epidemic

The Trust for America’s Health (TAH) has recently released a report entitled “Prescription Drug Abuse: Strategies to Stop the Epidemic.” The report provides statistical data on the “striking increase in the misuse and abuse” of prescription drugs across the United States.   “According to the report, prescription drug abuse has...

Trouncing the Triple Threat: Promoting Psychological Health with Fact Sheets on Disaster, Disease and Distress

The Uniformed Services University has collected resources to promote psychological health. These resources are intended for civilian and military communities. This compilation, titled “Disaster, Disease and Distress: Resources to Promote Psychological Health and Resilience in Military and Civilian Communities“, is meant to address the psychological impact of traumatic events. From...