GAO: DoD Starts Effort to Define Chemical, Biological Defense Program Infrastructure Manager’s Roles

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The Government Accountability Office has found that the Defense Department has named an infrastructure manager to oversee the Chemical and Biological Defense Program and has begun to define the manager’s responsibilities and roles through three phases.

DoD completed in October 2016 the initial phase that covers the clarification of the position’s responsibilities over the management of laboratories, support facilities and other physical infrastructure, GAO said in a report published Friday.

The second phase covers the development of a strategic investment plan, Biosafety Taskforce study, core competencies review and an infrastructure composition and disposition report.

CBDP officials told GAO that they expect phase two to conclude by the end of this year.

Phase three involves the clarification of the infrastructure manager’s responsibilities over the program’s intellectual infrastructure or the staff’s skills and knowledge, according to the report.

The agency also found that program officials will commence the last stage upon the second phase’s completion and expect to complete the final phase by the end of 2018.

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