The Government Accountability OfficeÂ has said in a new report toÂ the Senate Homeland Security Committee that the U.S.Â biodefense enterprise needsÂ an establishedÂ leadership strategy.
GAO said in the reportÂ published Thursday it found that there isÂ no unifying biodefense leadership and oversight structure to facilitate accountability and operational efficiency.
The agency said past reports from GAO and other review bodies called for the establishment ofÂ a focal point forÂ governmentÂ biodefense coordinationÂ and the formation ofÂ a national strategy that will work to identify and address risks systematically.
Biosurveillance efforts also need aÂ national strategy as GAO previously recommended a central leadership and action to address various challenges, GAOÂ noted.
GAO further said increased threats of disease outbreak and acts of bioterrorism, such as anthrax attacks, reflect a need for early detection and warning through biosurveillance systems.