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Influenza Pandemic: Agencies Report Progress in Plans to Protect Federal Workers but Oversight Could Be Improved
GAO-12-748: Published: Jul 25, 2012. Publicly Released: Aug 1, 2012.
In 2012, federal agencies reported they had made progress in planning to protect their federal employees during an influenza pandemic. For example:Twenty-three of 24 federal agencies reported they had completed influenza pandemic plans that address the operational approach they would use to protect their employees in the event of an influenza pandemic. In 2009, 20 agencies reported completing such...
Biosurveillance: Efforts to Develop a National Biosurveillance Capability Need a National Strategy and a Designated Leader
GAO-10-645: Published: Jun 30, 2010. Publicly Released: Jun 30, 2010.
The U.S. government has a history of employing health surveillance to help limit malady, loss of life, and economic impact of diseases. Recent legislation and presidential directives have called for a robust and integrated biosurveillance capability; that is, the ability to provide early detection and situational awareness of potentially catastrophic biological events. The Implementing Recommendat...
Influenza Pandemic: Monitoring and Assessing the Status of the National Pandemic Implementation Plan Needs Improvement
GAO-10-73: Published: Nov 24, 2009. Publicly Released: Dec 11, 2009.
The current H1N1 pandemic highlights the threat posed to our nation by an influenza pandemic. The previous administration's Homeland Security Council (HSC) issued the Implementation Plan for the National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza (Plan) in May 2006 to help address a pandemic. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) was asked to (1) determine how the HSC and responsible federal agencies mo...
Medicare: Covert Testing Exposes Weaknesses in the Durable Medical Equipment Supplier Screening Process
GAO-08-955: Published: Jul 3, 2008. Publicly Released: Aug 4, 2008.
According to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), schemes to defraud the Medicare program have grown more elaborate in recent years. In particular, HHS has acknowledged Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service's (CMS) oversight of suppliers of durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies (DMEPOS) is inadequate to prevent fraud and abuse. Specifically, weaknesses in...
Influenza Pandemic: Further Efforts Are Needed to Ensure Clearer Federal Leadership Roles and an Effective National Strategy
GAO-07-781: Published: Aug 14, 2007. Publicly Released: Sep 10, 2007.
An influenza pandemic is a real and significant potential threat facing the United States and the world. Pandemics occur when a novel virus emerges that can easily be transmitted among humans who have little immunity. In 2005, the Homeland Security Council (HSC) issued a National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza and, in 2006, an Implementation Plan. Congress and others are concerned about the feder...
International Trade: Advertising and Promoting U.S. Cigarettes in Selected Asian Countries
GGD-93-38: Published: Dec 31, 1992. Publicly Released: Jan 4, 1993.
Pursuant to congressional requests, GAO reviewed the advertisement and promotion of U.S. cigarettes in Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, Thailand, Hong Kong, Malaysia, and Indonesia, focusing on: (1) the conflicting U.S. government policies of pursuing antismoking initiatives domestically while assisting U.S. cigarette companies in selling their products abroad; (2) U.S. government regulation of cigaret...
Dichotomy Between U.S. Tobacco Export Policy and Antismoking Initiatives
T-NSIAD-90-42: Published: May 17, 1990. Publicly Released: May 17, 1990.
GAO discussed the U.S. government's role in helping the export of tobacco and tobacco products and the health-related implications of those activities. GAO found that: (1) the United States has a growing trade surplus in tobacco and tobacco products; (2) U.S. trade officials said that tobacco was legally sold in the United States and abroad and should be treated no differently than other products;...