Article Image
IPFS News Link • Pandemic

DHS not prepared to handle killer pandemic, IG says


Department of Homeland Security officials aren't ready to deal with a pandemic disease sweeping across the United States, according to a government watchdog.

The problem is that DHS was given $47 million in 2006 to prepare for the rapid spread of a deadly disease such as Ebola, according to the DHS inspector general.

But eight years later, DHS cannot ensure it "has sufficient personal protective equipment and antiviral medical countermeasures for a pandemic response," the IG said in a report completed in August but made public Monday.

In addition, the IG said, DHS did not develop and implement stockpile replenishment plans or inventory controls to monitor stockpiles, have adequate contract oversight processes, or ensure compliance with Department guidelines, the IG said.  more at url