INFLUENZA PANDEMIC: Further Efforts Are Needed to Ensure Clearer Federal Leadership Roles and an Effective National Strategy

September 2007
GAO Reports;9/10/2007, preceding pi
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The article evaluates how federal leadership roles and responsibilities were clearly defined in preparing a response to the influenza pandemic in the U.S. To define the roles, the U.S. Government Accounting Office (GAO) analyzed key emergency and pandemic-specific plans, interviewed agency officials, and compared strategy and planning with six characteristics the GAO identified. Consequently, the GAO recommended an effective national strategy to address the flu pandemic.


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