Accession Number : ADA456426
Title : Project BioShield
Descriptive Note : Congressional rept.
Corporate Author : LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON DC CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE
Personal Author(s) : Gottron, Frank
Report Date : 27 Sep 2006
Pagination or Media Count : 7
Abstract : Many potential biological terrorism agents lack available countermeasures. President Bush proposed Project BioShield to address this need. The 108th Congress considered this proposal in S. 15, S. 1504, and H.R. 2122. President Bush signed S. 15 into law on July 21, 2004 (The Project BioShield Act of 2004, P.L. 108-276). The main provisions of this law are as follows: (1) relaxing procedures for bioterrorism-related procurement, hiring, and awarding of research grants; (2) guaranteeing a Federal Government market for new biomedical countermeasures; and (3) permitting emergency use of unapproved countermeasures. Project BioShield countermeasure procurement is funded by the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act 2004 (P.L. 108-90), which advance-appropriated $5.593 billion for FY2004-FY2013. Additional measures to encourage countermeasure development are being considered by the 109th Congress in S. 3 (Gregg), S. 975 (Lieberman), S. 1873 (Burr), S. 1880 (Kennedy), S. 2564 (Burr), and H.R. 5533 (Rogers). This report will be updated in response to legislative developments.
Descriptors : *UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT , *GOVERNMENT PROCUREMENT , *BIOLOGICAL WARFARE AGENTS , *BIOMEDICINE , *BIOTERRORISM , *FEDERAL LAW , *COUNTERMEASURES , EMERGENCIES , GRANTS , SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH , FEDERAL BUDGETS , VACCINES , CIVIL DEFENSE , BIOTECHNOLOGY , MANUFACTURING , CONTRACTS
Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
Sociology and Law
Medicine and Medical Research
Chemical, Biological and Radiological Warfare
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE