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Nov 01, 2017

Nov 01, 2017
BSL-3 laboratory

GAO calls for better oversight of high-containment labs

Gaps the GAO identified include instances of agencies overseeing their own labs, a need for more focus on the highest-risk activities, and understaffing.

Sep 22, 2016

Sep 22, 2016
Petri dish in lab

GAO finds 11 more breaches at high-security labs

The most common pathogens not properly inactivated were Bacillus anthracis and Francisella tularensis.

Sep 14, 2011

Sep 14, 2011

US ag and food defense efforts criticized

(CIDRAP News) – Although no successful attacks on the US agriculture and food system have been reported in the past decade, the nation's efforts to defend the system came in for a barrage of criticism yesterday about a lack of coordination and various other shortcomings.

Mar 21, 2011

Mar 21, 2011

GAO calls for better federal food safety coordination

(CIDRAP News) – Although the Food Safety Working Group (FSWG) appointed by President Barack Obama in 2009 has been a good first step to boost food safety collaboration among government agencies, it lacks results-oriented goals and performance benchmarks, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) said in a new report.

Nov 09, 2010

Nov 09, 2010

GAO: US needs better program to keep animal diseases out

(CIDRAP News) – The safeguards designed to keep diseased animals from being imported into the United States have sizable holes, and the federal agencies that oversee those safeguards need to coordinate better to improve them, says a new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO).

Jun 27, 2007

Jun 27, 2007

GAO assesses avian and pandemic flu planning

(CIDRAP News) – The Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued two reports that address avian and pandemic influenza planning last week, one examining how well the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) is prepared to respond to avian flu outbreaks and the other assessing efforts by US and international agencies to help vulnerable countries.

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