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Homeland Security: CDC's Oversight of the Select Agent Program

GAO-03-315R Published: Nov 22, 2002. Publicly Released: Nov 22, 2002.
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In the wake of anthrax incidents and mounting concerns about the potential for another bioterrorism attack, we assessed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) oversight of the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Laboratory Registration/ Select Agent Transfer Program. We brought program weaknesses we identified to the immediate attention of CDL and HHS officials, who agreed that improvements were warranted. The purpose of this report is to summarize our findings.

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