Energy and Commerce Committee

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Bipartisan E&C Leaders Request GAO Examination of DHS’s New Biosurveillance Pilot Program

08.08.2019

WASHINGTON, DC–  A bipartisan group of Energy and Commerce Committee leaders sent a letter to Government Accountability Office (GAO) Comptroller General Gene Dodaro requesting an examination of the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) new biodetection technology system called BioDetection 21 (BD21) as well as an evaluation of the agency’s implementation of GAO’s prior recommendations for the program. The BD21 pilot program is intended as a potential replacement for DHS’s biosurveillance program BioWatch, an early warning system designed to detect a large-scale, covert attack that releases anthrax or other agents of bioterrorism...

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Letter to GAO Comptroller General Gene Dodaro Requesting Examination of DHS’s New Biosurveillance Pilot Program

08.08.2019

Excerpt: “We write to request that the Government Accountability Office examine the Department of Homeland Security’s deployment of a new biodetection technology system called BioDetection 21 to replace BioWatch, and the status of the DHS’s implementation of GAO’s prior recommendations concerning BioWatch.

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This Committee has an ongoing bipartisan interest in biosurveillance programs that involve the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the state and local public health laboratories.”

 

To read the full letter, click here.

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Support is Growing to Lift Barriers to Opioid Treatment

08.08.2019

WASHINGTON, DC – 39 state attorneys general recently asked Congress to lift barriers to opioid treatment. We agree. There is more work to be done, first and foremost, Congress needs to pass the Overdose Prevention and Patient Safety Act, which would put the protection of substance use disorder records under HIPAA instead of 42 CFR Part 2.

Why?

Protecting patients' confidentiality is critical, but substance use disorders treatment must be carefully managed and coordinated. Part 2 poses a serious threat to anyone with a SUD because providers can be unaware of the risks to their...

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