GAO-17-150: Defense Civil Support: DoD, HHS, and DHS Should Use Existing Coordination Mechanisms to Improve Their Pandemic Preparedness

This report offers an assessment of the extent to which (1) the US Department of Defense (DoD) has plans for supporting civil authorities in the event of a pandemic and (2) the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have plans to respond to a pandemic if DoD support capabilities are limited.

DOD, HHS, DHS Should Use Existing Coordination Mechanisms to Improve Their Pandemic Preparedness

The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) has recommended that the US Department of Defense (DoD), the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) explore ways to improve preparedness and response to a pandemic in the event that DoD’s capabilities are limited.