Government Information

Earl Gregg Swem Library

Local Pandemic Influenza Preparedness: Vaccine and Antiviral Drug Distribution and Dispensing

Categories: Health/Medical,Homeland Security

http://oig.hhs.gov/oei/reports/oei-04-08-00260.pdf

A study of the preparation by localities to distribute vaccines and antiviral drugs in response to a major flu epidemic. Finds that the localities studied had not addressed most of the vaccine and antiviral drugs distribution components called for in HHS pandemic influenza guidance documents. From the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services.

State and Local Pandemic Influenza Preparedness: Medical Surge

Categories: Health/Medical,Homeland Security

http://oig.hhs.gov/oei/reports/oei-02-08-00210.pdf

A study of the preparedness of 5 states and 10 localities for a major flu epidemic. Finds that most of the examined jurisdictions were lacking in 5 key preparedness areas. From the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services.

Final Report on the Postmarketing Requirement/Postmarketing Commitment Backlog Review

Categories: Health/Medical

http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/GuidanceComplianceRegulatoryInformation/Post-marketingPhaseIVCommitments/ucm180982.htm

Reports that most postmarketing studies are completed in a timely manner; offers recommendations on improving FDA oversight of such reports and commitments. Such reports fill information gaps about drug products that were not considered serious enough to hold up approval. Study by Booz Allen Hamilton for the Food and Drug Administration.

America’’s Healthy Future Act of 2009

Categories: Health/Medical

http://finance.senate.gov/sitepages/leg/LEG%202009/091609%20Americas_Healthy_Future_Act.pdf

Text of the so-called Baucus Health Reform Bill introduced to the Senate in September 2009. From the Senate Finance Committee.

Warmest Global Sea-Surface Temperatures for August and Summer

Categories: Climate Change,Statistics,Weather/Disasters

http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2009/20090916_globalstats.html

Press release announcing the warmest ocean sea-surface temperatures for any August on record and the warmest for any previous June-August summer (Northern Hemisphere) winter (Southern Hemisphere). The records date back to 1880. From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Status of Telework in the Federal Government

Categories: Govt Personnel,Labor/Employment,Telecommunications/Internet

http://www.telework.gov/Reports_and_Studies/Annual_Reports/2009teleworkreport.pdf

Statistics from 78 federal agencies on the quantity and frequency of employees who work at home. From the Office of Personnel Management

Commander’s Initial Assessment, U.S. Forces in Afghanistan

Categories: Afghanistan,Defense/Military,Headlines,Terrorism

http://media.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/politics/documents/Assessment_Redacted_092109.pdf?sid=ST2009092003140

Text of the assessment that the current situation in Afghanistan is serious and deteriorating by Stanley McChrystal, Commander of the U.S. Forces in Afghanistan and the International Security Assistance Force. From the Washington Post.

The Economic Effects of Legislation to Reduce Greenhouse-Gas Emissions

Categories: Business/Economics,Climate Change,Energy,Environment,Labor/Employment,Manufacturing

http://www.cbo.gov/ftpdocs/105xx/doc10573/09-17-Greenhouse-Gas.pdf

Describes the hard economic choices faced by policymakers in trying to reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.Predicts that climate legislation would cause shifts in production and employment away from carbon-based industries and toward the production of alternative energy sources and less energy intensive goods and services. From the Congressional Budget Office.