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In response, the FDA said it has already made headway in fixing the problems and will take further steps in 2018.
Researchers are relieved to resume experiments, but some public health questions remain.
"Censorship . . . threatens to disrupt a prime goal of government: protecting public safety," the groups write.
Gaps the GAO identified include instances of agencies overseeing their own labs, a need for more focus on the highest-risk activities, and understaffing.
In a sample from a patient who died, researchers saw signs that the H7N9 virus had started to mutate to a form resistant to Tamiflu.
The $170.2 million in BioShield funds covers late-stage development and buys up to 1.13 million vaccine regimens and an unspecified number of treatment courses of two Ebola drugs.
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