Brooks to Hold Hearing on BioWatch Program

Tomorrow, the Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications will hold a hearing on the future of the BioWatch program in light of the cancellation of BioWatch Gen-3.

TUESDAY, June 10 at 10:00 a.m.

Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications  

BioWatch: Lessons Learned and the Path Forward

311 Cannon House Office Building

Witnesses Include:

  • Dr. Kathryn Brinsfield, Acting Assistant Secretary and Chief Medical Officer, Office of Health Affairs, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Dr. Reginald Brothers, Under Secretary, Science and Technology Directorate, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Mr. Chris Cummiskey, Acting Under Secretary, Management Directorate, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Mr. Chris Currie, Acting Director, Homeland Security and Justice Issues, U.S. Government Accountability Office
  • Dr. Deena Disraelly, Research Staff, Strategy, Forces and Resources Division, Institute for Defense Analysis

Subcommittee Chairman Susan W. Brooks (R-IN) on the hearing: “The threat of bioterrorism remains a grave concern. The ability of our nation to detect a bioterrorism attack and protect our citizens from some of its most severe consequences is of the highest importance. Building and maintaining robust biosurveillance and biodetection capabilities is vital to our security. However, after the cancellation of the BioWatch Gen-3 procurement, the BioWatch Program is at a crossroads. This hearing will examine the future of the BioWatch Program in light of that cancellation and consider the best path forward to ensure the United States is prepared to address a bioterrorism threat.”

*LIVE video of the hearing will be available here.

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