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Biosurveillance: Observations on BioWatch Generation-3 and Other Federal Efforts: Congressional Testimony
Wiliam O. Jenkins, Jr. (au)
Statement of William O. Jenkins, Jr., Dir., Homeland Security and Justice, GAO. A catastrophic biological event could have devastating consequences. The U.S. government has made efforts to provide early detection and warning of biological threats. The Dept. of Homeland Security劌製 (DHS) BioWatch, which aims to detect certain pathogens in the air, is one such program. DHS has been pursuing a third generation of BioWatch technology (Gen-3) to further enhance detection. GAO has published a series of reports on national biosurveillance efforts, including a report released the day of this testimony on DHS劌製 efforts to acquire Gen-3. This statement discusses (1) prior biosurveillance work and related federal efforts, (2) today劌製 report on the Gen-3 acquisition, and (3) prior strategy recommendations and the White House劌製 July 2012 Nat. Strategy for Biosurveillance. It is based on GAO reports published from Dec. 2009 to Sept. 2012 and GAO劌製 review of the Nat. Strategy for Biosurveillance in relation to prior GAO recommendations for a national biosurveillance strategy. This is a print on demand report.
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