Health and Human Services (HHS)


Interagency response needed for opioid crisis



Interagency response needed for opioid crisis
On October 26, Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Elaine Duke released a statement on DHS’s role in responding to the opioid crisis. Duke’s statement followed President Trump’s announcement that he would direct the Department of Health and Human Services to declare the opioid crisis a public… Read More

Featured Article: Before the Next Outbreak



Featured Article: Before the Next Outbreak
Featured article: Before the Next Outbreak: Prepare for Everything Together by Jeremy Hershfield, Conrad Wilmoski and Kelly Meister Pandemic diseases are one of the top security threats to the U.S. Naturally, the prospect of a highly contagious disease incapacitating and/or killing large numbers of U.S. citizens is a vitally important… Read More

Executive Order focuses on health security



Executive Order focuses on health security
On November 4, President Obama signed an Executive Order promoting global health security, particularly infectious disease threats. The Executive Order builds on the progress of the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) that was launched in 2014, and establishes long-term policy objectives for global health. The Executive Order also establishes a… Read More

Featured Article: Is the United States Ready…



Featured Article: Is the United States Ready…
Featured article: Is the United States Ready for a Deadly Airborne Disease Outbreak? by Conrad R. Wilmoski and Meghan C. Muller In March 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention declared an Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa. This was the most significant Ebola outbreak in history, with… Read More

GAO reports on human trafficking



GAO reports on human trafficking
In June, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) published a report assessing federal agencies’ efforts to combat human trafficking. The report, GAO-16-555, focuses on the prevalence of human trafficking, victim issues, and avoiding grant duplication. Many U.S. federal agencies lead efforts to address human trafficking. The Departments of Justice and Homeland… Read More

Agencies collaborate on Zika vaccine



Agencies collaborate on Zika vaccine
Scientists at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research are making progress on a Zika virus vaccine, and plan to start human testing later this year. Efforts to produce the vaccine and prepare for the spread of the virus have included components of the Department of Defense, the Centers for Disease… Read More

DoD, HHS, others respond to Zika threat



DoD, HHS, others respond to Zika threat
This week Navy Admiral Kurt W. Tidd, commander of U.S. Southern Command (Southcom), affirmed Southcom’s role in the “whole-of-hemisphere” approach to combating the Zika virus. Tidd spoke at a Council of the Americas forum on March 22, where he discussed the part Southcom and other U.S. agencies play in the… Read More

DoD to support HHS in Zika virus research



DoD to support HHS in Zika virus research
On January 27, the Department of Defense (DoD) announced that they have been asked to support the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in their efforts related to the Zika virus. Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook said that the DoD experts have been asked to help gather other experts… Read More

Report reviews collaboration for critical infrastructure cybersecurity



Report reviews collaboration for critical infrastructure cybersecurity
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently published a report reviewing collaboration in critical infrastructure cybersecurity. Critical infrastructure includes financial institutions and energy production, and is vital to U.S. national security, as well as the nation’s economy and public health and safety. These systems are secured by sector-specific agencies (SSAs) following… Read More

Defense agency steps up Ebola efforts



Defense agency steps up Ebola efforts

Defense Threat Reduction Agency Deputy Director recently spoke about DTRA's response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, where DTRA is one of several U.S. government and international agencies involved in the Ebola response...