Despite a massive international effort to curb the spread of the Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa, which was formally declared six months ago, healthcare experts say there could be 10,000 cases weekly by mid-November, if left unchecked.
The audit conducted by the Homeland Security Department's inspector general found that officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency replaced the facilities at a cost of $20.7 million, while repairing them would have cost about $8.6 million.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the United Nations is launching a new emergency health mission to combat the Ebola outbreak in West Africa as well as a "20-fold increase" in international assistance.
An internal audit found that the Homeland Security Department's IT systems and assets at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport had inadequate security measures, which could potentially be exploited or compromised.
In fiscal 2014, through Aug. 31, more than 66,000 unaccompanied children up to 17 years old were apprehended at the southwest border. In fiscal 2013, that number was just north of 35,000.
The Homeland Security Department hasn't adequately assessed what supplies it needs in case of an influenza pandemic nor develop plans to replenish its stockpile, an Aug. 24 DHS inspector general report says. In 2006, Congress appropriated $47 million in supplemental funding to DHS for necessary expenses to plan, train and prepare for a potential pandemic.
A top Homeland Security Department official told Senate lawmakers Sept. 10 that Congress needs to update laws to help the department better tackle the growing threat of cyber threats and attacks.
By the end of next week, federal agency laboratories will have to have begun reviews of their safety practices in the wake of widely publicized lapses at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and elsewhere.
The head of the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control said nations need to step up efforts to control the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, after recently visiting several countries there dealing with the outbreak.
The federal government's multiagency center that is on call to respond to radiological incidents has issues with aging equipment, says a recent report from the Energy Department inspector general.