GAO finds infrastructure lapses in Defense Department

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report and a set of suggestions in identifying and aligning infrastructure needs within the Biological and Chemical Defense Program (CBDP), they announced Thursday.

According to the GAO report, the CBDP has not completed the necessary infrastructure capability identification that the program's analytical wing, the Joint Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defense Program Analysis and Integration Office (PAIO) had recommended in 2008. The CBDP states that the program was focused on other priorities instead of working on a grand scale to address infrastructure recommendations. 

The GAO was asked to evaluate the CBDP which operates under the Department of Defense as the country could potentially face emerging threats that are chemical and biological in nature.

To address this, the GAO recommends that a specific entity should be tasked with identifying necessary infrastructure of the program and to confer with other federal agencies and request information of chemical and biological infrastructure studies that they have done in order to avoid a duplication of efforts. 

They also recommend that the CBDP should institutionalize the use of risk assessments using the enterprise guidelines and planning practices to do so. The DOD agreed with the recommendations and further discussion was held on what actions should be taken.

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