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ERIC Number: ED505535
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jun-3
Pages: 28
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Influenza Pandemic: Continued Focus on the Nation's Planning and Preparedness Efforts Remains Essential. Testimony before the Ad Hoc Subcommittee on State, Local, and Private Sector Preparedness and Integration, Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. GAO-09-760T
Steinhardt, Bernice
US Government Accountability Office
As the recent outbreak of the H1N1 (swine flu) virus underscores, an influenza pandemic remains a real threat to our nation and to the world. Over the past 3 years, the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) has conducted a body of work to help the nation better prepare for a possible pandemic. In a February 2009 report, GAO synthesized the results of this work, pointing out that while the previous administration had taken a number of actions to plan for a pandemic, including developing a national strategy and implementation plan, much more needs to be done, and many gaps in preparedness and planning still remain. This statement is based on the February 2009 report which synthesized the results of 11 reports and two testimonies covering six thematic areas: (1) leadership, authority, and coordination; (2) detecting threats and managing risks; (3) planning, training, and exercising; (4) capacity to respond and recover; (5) information sharing and communication; and (6) performance and accountability. The February 2009 report made no new recommendations. This statement discusses the status of GAO's prior recommendations on the nation's planning and preparedness for a pandemic. Attached to this document are: (1) Open Recommendations from GAO's Work on an Influenza Pandemic as of February 2009; and (2) Related GAO Products. (Contains 2 figures and 23 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: US Government Accountability Office