Category Archives: U.S. Policy

Envoy: U.S. teamwork with other nations key to fighting terrorism

U.S. Ambassador-at-Large Tina Kaidanow

Fighting terrorism globally requires partnerships with other countries, Tina Kaidanow, U.S. ambassador-at-large and coordinator for counterterrorism, said on Monday. Kaidanow said terrorist group Al-Qaeda’s power has diminished in recent years through loss of leadership. However, other groups are taking up … Read More »

CDC offering Ebola preparedness grants

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Preparedness (CDC) is accepting applications for 62 grants to facilitate training in preparation and response to the Ebola virus. Eligible governmental bodies include cities, towns, states, and regional and tribal governments. The purpose … Read More »

House Foreign Affairs subcommittee assignments announced

Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX)

U.S. Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX) will continue to serve as the chairman for the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade during the 114th congressional session. Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, also named Reps. Darrell … Read More »

Hudson Institute hosts second Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense

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The Hudson Institute hosted the second of four Blue Ribbon Study Panels on Biodefense on Wednesday, co-chaired by former Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) and former Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge. The meetings, convened in Washington, DC, cover biological and chemical threat … Read More »

Graham releases statement after Paris attacks

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.)

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) expressed his condolences to the victims of the attack on the Paris offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and called for a re-evaluation of security measures in the U.S. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, the … Read More »

Johnson to chair Homeland Security, Governmental Affairs Committee

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Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) was confirmed as the chairman of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs on Thursday. Shortly after his confirmation by the Senate Republican Conference, Johnson laid out the mission that the committee would follow … Read More »

BIO asks FDA for published guidance on biosimilar approval

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The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) urged the Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday to release its guidance on approving biosimilars and other issues. In the statement, BIO wanted the FDA to “outline its approach to naming and labeling, and clarify … Read More »

DHS to offer BioWatch grants

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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is expected to to award 27 grants for municipalities that are invited to participate in the BioWatch Program. The application process closes at the end of September 2015. The program is an early-warning and … Read More »

GAO report finds gaps in emergency preparedness

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The Government Accountability Office (GAO) on Dec. 19 released a report that detailed gaps in the nation’s preparedness in the case of a catastrophic event categorized of having “no notice.” They also released suggestions on how to fix the government’s … Read More »

PATH Act bill’s introduction in Senate praised

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The Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA) welcomed the introduction of the Promise for Antibiotics and Therapeutics for Health (PATH) Act on Monday. The bill aims for a smoother path to regulatory approval for compounds that treat infections from bacteria … Read More »

DHS offers cities funds for counter-terror program

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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently reached out to governments at the city, state or county level to offer funding to develop counter-terrorism efforts, specifically biological terrorism. They are accepting applications until Sept. 30, 2015. The agency seeks applicants … Read More »

Wilson to head House Intelligence Subcommittee

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U.S. Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) named Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) on Thursday to head the Subcommittee on Intelligence, Emerging Threats and Capabilities, under the House Armed Services Committee, in the next legislative session. The committee oversees areas in counterterrorism efforts … Read More »

Soldiers train against CBRN attacks

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For years, the U.S. Army taught soldiers about sniper fire, explosives and other traditional weapons of war, but now it is preparing them for chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) threats at the Lewis-McChord Joint Base in Washington. Training courses … Read More »

Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense holds first meeting

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The Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense met for the first time Thursday in Washington, D.C., and will look at identifying and recommending any changes to federal policy and laws that will increase the country’s biodefense and preparedness. Dr. Robert … Read More »

Senators praise passage of faster Ebola review by FDA

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Sens. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) applauded the U.S. Senate on Tuesday for its unanimous passage of a bill that adds the Ebola virus to the Food and Drug Administration‘s (FDA) priority review list. Under the current law, … Read More »