From: Big Medicine

[Dec 29 Washington DC]–Background: According to the CDC, in a worst case scenario, as many as 90 million people in the U.S., including 30 percent of the U.S. workforce, could become sick from a mutated avian influenza H5N1 strain. Proactive steps are therefore necessary to protect U.S. Department of Energy [DOE] personnel and maintain the Department’s mission-essential functions.


On March 29, 2006, the Deputy Secretary of Energy signed a memorandum, "Development of the Department of Energy Pandemic Influenza Plans," which required all DOE entities, including the National Nuclear Security Administration [NNSA], to develop specific pandemic influenza plans with full implementation by May 31, 2006. On November 8, 2006, the White House Homeland Security Council issued a pandemic influenza plan checklist that contained additional criteria for agencies to follow. The objective of the DOE inspection was to determine if DOE was taking appropriate and timely actions regarding its pandemic influenza planning.


Results of inspection: The inspection team concluded that while DOE Headquarters and many department sites were making progress in their pandemic influenza planning, much remained to be implemented… Read the entire report online at: