The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is incapable of dealing with a major influenza pandemic or epidemic despite spending $47 million on preparations, the agency’s own inspector general concluded.
An audit found that the department could not even keep track of stockpiles of essential supplies such as antibiotic and antiviral drugs.
The title of the scathing report prepared by Inspector General John Roth read: “DHS Has Not Effectively Managed Pandemic Personal Protective Equipment and Antiviral Medical Countermeasures.”
Roth’s auditors found a complete lack of planning, as well as vast stockpiles of medicines, supplies and equipment that are outdated or useless.
No Accurate Records
“Specifically, DHS did not keep accurate records of what it purchased and received and did not implement sufficient controls to monitor its stockpiles,” the report stated.