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Infectious Diseases: Gaps Remain in Surveillance Capabilities of State and Local Agencies
GAO-03-1176T: Published: Sep 24, 2003. Publicly Released: Sep 24, 2003.
Recent challenges, such as the SARS outbreak and the anthrax incidents in the fall of 2001, have raised concerns about the nation's preparedness for a large-scale infectious disease outbreak or bioterrorism event. In order to be adequately prepared for such a major public health threat, state and local public health agencies need to have several basic capabilities, including disease surveillance s...
Combating Terrorism: Key Aspects of a National Strategy to Enhance State and Local Preparedness
GAO-02-473T: Published: Mar 1, 2002. Publicly Released: Mar 1, 2002.
Federal, state, and local governments share responsibility in preparing for catastrophic terrorist attacks. Because the national security threat is diffuse and the challenge is intergovernmental, national policymakers need a firm understanding of the interests, capacity, and challenges when formulating antiterrorism strategies. Key aspects of this strategy should include a definition and clarifica...
Combating Terrorism: FEMA Continues to Make Progress in Coordinating Preparedness and Response
GAO-01-15: Published: Mar 20, 2001. Publicly Released: Apr 20, 2001.
GAO reviewed the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) actions to improve its capabilities to respond to terrorist incidents based on its response to lessons learned from the Oklahoma City bombing, requirements in Presidential Decision Directives 39 and 62, and its own guidance. Specifically, GAO determined the extent to which FEMA has (1) incorporated the lessons learned from the aftermath...
Combating Terrorism: Comments on Counterterrorism Leadership and National Strategy
GAO-01-556T: Published: Mar 27, 2001. Publicly Released: Mar 27, 2001.
The federal government will spend approximately $11 billion to combat terrorism In fiscal year 2001. In the event of a domestic terrorist incident, state and local governments have the primary responsibility for managing the consequences of a terrorist attack. However, the federal government can assist state and local authorities if they lack the capability to respond adequately. On the basis of p...
Combating Terrorism: Comments on Bill H.R. 4210 to Manage Selected Counterterrorist Programs
T-NSIAD-00-172: Published: May 4, 2000. Publicly Released: May 4, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the Terrorism Preparedness Act of 2000 (H.R. 4210), focusing on the new office it created to manage selected counterterrorist programs.GAO noted that: (1) overall, GAO believes that H.R. 4210 would address some of the problems of fragmentation and duplication that GAO and others have found in programs to combat terrorism; (2) specifically, the bil...
Combating Terrorism: Need to Eliminate Duplicate Federal Weapons of Mass Destruction Training
NSIAD-00-64: Published: Mar 21, 2000. Publicly Released: Apr 24, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the potential for duplicative weapons of mass destruction training, focusing on: (1) the principal federal organizations that provide weapons of mass destruction training to first responders; (2) whether the training is well coordinated among federal organizations; and (3) actions being taken to improve the federal government's role...
Year 2000 Computing Challenge: Leadership and Partnerships Result in Limited Rollover Disruptions
T-AIMD-00-70: Published: Jan 27, 2000. Publicly Released: Jan 27, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the change of century rollover, focusing on: (1) the reporting structure established by the government to obtain information on year 2000-related failures during the rollover period; (2) examples of year 2000 errors and their resolution; and (3) lessons from the year 2000 effort that can be carried forward to improve the management of information...
Chemical and Biological Defense: Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program for Oregon and Washington
NSIAD-00-13: Published: Oct 26, 1999. Publicly Released: Nov 29, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program (CSEPP) for the Oregon and Washington communities surrounding the Umatilla Chemical Depot, focusing on: (1) the progress communities have made since GAO's 1997 report on their CSEPP efforts; and (2) strategies for enhancing the program's implementation in Oregon.GAO noted that: (1) since GAO's r...
Combating Terrorism: Analysis of Potential Emergency Response Equipment and Sustainment Costs
NSIAD-99-151: Published: Jun 9, 1999. Publicly Released: Jul 12, 1999.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO determined the potential cost of equipping and maintaining the capability of cities to respond to a terrorist incident involving a chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear device (CBRN), focusing on the: (1) views of federal, state, and local officials on equipment they believed would provide various levels of capability to respond to a CBRN inciden...
Combating Terrorism: Use of National Guard Response Teams Is Unclear
NSIAD-99-110: Published: May 21, 1999. Publicly Released: Jun 23, 1999.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the creation of 10 National Guard Rapid Assessment and Initial Detection (RAID) teams, focusing on: (1) obtaining the views of federal, state, and local officials regarding the role of RAID teams in response plans; (2) determining whether there are other federal, state, or local government entities that can perform similar functions to the RAID t...