GAO urges more effort to gird US infrastructure for pandemic

first_img “While some discussion has occurred, there are opportunities to further address these issues through the increased federal and private sector use of the sector-specific and cross-sector coordinating councils,” the report states. Potentially confusing and conflicting messages from the many government agencies responsible for providing information on the pandemic issue Uncertainty about federal and state roles in areas such as state border closures and pandemic flu vaccine distribution Maintaining a focus on pandemic planning, given the unpredictable timing of a pandemic and the existence of more immediate problems, such as foodborne disease outbreaks The GAO reviewed preparedness efforts in the five sectors (other than public health and healthcare) that it deems most essential to maintaining society and the economy during a pandemic: transportation, food and agriculture, water, electric power, and telecommunications. A need for more funds for training and infrastructure and dealing with potential legal and regulatory issues Nov 2, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – The federal government should step up efforts to prepare the nation’s key infrastructure industries, such as energy and transportation, for an influenza pandemic, Congress’s investigative agency said in a report this week. In some cases the federal and private sectors are using the coordinating councils to cooperate on infrastructure protection, but those efforts so far focus mainly on hazards in general rather than a pandemic in particular, the report says. Yet some specific pandemic preparations are under way. For example, the Communications Sector Coordinating Council has set up a working group to address telecommuting issues. The coordinating councils are advisory groups set up by DHS to foster collaboration within and between government and the private sector to protect the nation’s “critical infrastructure.” A government coordinating council and a sector coordinating council were set up for each of 17 industrial sectors, ranging from information technology and telecommunications to water and electric power. The agency interviewed officials from the federal agencies responsible for infrastructure protection related to the five sectors and also reviewed infrastructure protection plans, regulations, and guidance. A letter from a DHS official, included in the report, says DHS concurs with the GAO recommendation. More than 85% of the nation’s critical infrastructure is owned and operated by the private sector, the report notes. It says that public-private partnerships are vital to ensure that essential services will continue during a pandemic or other national emergency.center_img The report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), released Oct 31, recommends that the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) take the lead in encouraging the “coordinating councils” for the infrastructure sectors to prepare for the challenges the sectors will face during a pandemic. Government and private-sector officials who were interviewed by the GAO reported a number of challenges they face in working together on pandemic preparedness: Sep 11 CIDRAP News story “GAO finds gaps in federal pandemic planning” DHS is in a good position to lead this endeavor, because it is responsible for coordinating infrastructure protection and is the lead agency for more than half of the critical industrial sectors, the GAO says. Accordingly, the agency recommends that the DHS secretary, working with other sector-specific agencies, “lead efforts to encourage the government and private sector members of the councils to consider and help address the challenges that will require coordination between the federal and private sectors involved with critical infrastructure and within the various sectors” before and during a pandemic. House Homeland Security Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., said the GAO report confirmed his view that DHS should make better use of the infrastructure coordinating councils, according to a Nov 1 report by CQ Homeland Security, published by Congressional Quarterly Inc. See also: GAO report: Influenza pandemic: Opportunities exist to address critical infrastructure protection challenges that require federal and private sector coordinationhttp://www.gao.gov/new.items/d0836.pdf The federal government and private sector have already taken some steps to prepare the nation’s infrastructure for a pandemic, such as developing general preparedness guidance and determining the number of workers necessary to maintain operations, the GAO says. Developing strategies to address “the crucial cross-sector interdependencies” in the nation’s infrastructure, “such as the electricity and telecommunications capabilities that are necessary to support all the other sectors”last_img read more


Isaiah Thomas’ final shot comes up short as Heat edge Lakers

first_img Lakers prioritize rest over practice as injuries mount Lakers’ Lonzo Ball finds himself in another shooting slump Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “That’s what he’s made his career off of, making big shots,” said Randle, who had a verbal dispute on the bench with Thomas two nights earlier in Oakland, “so I have no problem with it at all. Confident in him.”Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball finished with nine points, eight rebounds and eight assists, but was no match for Miami All-Star point guard Goran Dragic, whose 30-point outburst included the teardrop in the lane with 15 seconds left that proved to be the game-winner.The Lakers committed 20 turnovers leading to 20 points for the Heat.“We were telegraphing our passes and passing out of motion and they were getting (deflections),” Walton said. “We couldn’t even make a post pass tonight, which is basic fundamentals of passing. So that is frustrating.”Walton went on to say that the Heat were “tougher” than the Lakers.Before Dragic’s go-ahead bucket in the final minute, the Lakers appeared set to escape with the win. With 1:23 left, Brook Lopez passed out of a double team to Kyle Kuzma, who knocked down his first 3-pointer of the night from the top of the key.“(Lopez) was killing it all night,” Kuzma said. “He just made a great basketball play. I was wide open. Basketball’s simple. Find the open man, so I made the shot, but he made a great pass.”Kuzma was questionable to play Friday due to the sprained right ankle that kept him out of Wednesday’s loss at Golden State, but suited up and in 32 minutes scored 11 points to go with eight rebounds. Lopez added 18 points, including four 3-pointers on six attempts.Related Articles AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersShort.In a game that featured 16 lead changes, the Lakers could not come up with one more, falling to the Miami Heat 92-91.“Isaiah got a clean look, though, and we can’t complain about that,” Coach Luke Walton said. “He was probably a little cold, he had been on the bench for a while. But you get an open look for somebody like I.T., at the end, you live with that.”Thomas may have played his worst game since coming over in a trade from Cleveland last month. He scored five points while shooting just 1 for 9 from the field.One of the biggest moment’s of Randle’s career came nearly two years ago, March 30, 2016, when he scored a game-winning basket against the Heat at Staples Center. He too was comfortable with Thomas’ final shot. Kelly Olynyk was big off the bench for the Heat, making three 3-pointers and finishing with 17 points.Kuzma’s go-ahead 3-pointer capped a 10-2 run for the Lakers, who trailed 88-81 with 5:51 remaining. However, the Lakers forced misses on six of the Heat’s next seven possessions, and a turnover by Dragic on the eighth.It set up another dramatic finish at home for the Lakers and, for Randle, a missed opportunity to replicate his game-winner two years earlier.“I wish I would have had that same shot,” he said. PreviousBoxer Floyd Mayweather, center, attends in an NBA basketball game between Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat Friday, March 16, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle, left, drives against Miami Heat center Bam Adebayo during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 16, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma #0 and Miami Heat forawrd Josh Richardson #0 in actions during an NBA basketball game between Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat Friday, March 16, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsMiami Heat forward Justise Winslow, right, is fouled by Los Angeles Lakers forward Travis Wear during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 16, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Lakers guard Lonzo Ball, left, goes to the basket while defended by Heat forward James Johnson during the second half of Friday’s game at Staples Center. The Heat won 92-91. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Los Angeles Lakers center Brook Lopez, left, goes to the basket against Miami Heat forward James Johnson during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 16, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Heat won 92-91. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. 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Chiu)Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma, top, shoots as Miami Heat forward Kelly Olynyk falls to the court during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 16, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Heat won 92-91. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Boxer Floyd Mayweather, center, attends in an NBA basketball game between Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat Friday, March 16, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle, left, drives against Miami Heat center Bam Adebayo during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 16, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)NextShow Caption1 of 76Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle, left, drives against Miami Heat center Bam Adebayo during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 16, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)ExpandLOS ANGELES — The directive out of the final timeout was simple: Get the ball to Julius Randle.The Lakers’ power forward had assembled a beefy line of 25 points and 12 rebounds, continuing his run of dominance. For the first time in his career he had scored 20 points or more in four straight games. With the Lakers trailing by one point with 7.5 seconds left, he was the logical choice to seal the team’s 13th win in its last 14 home games.“When I came off the screen they kind of doubled at the elbow and forced it away from me,” Randle said.The ball instead found its way to Isaiah Thomas, who jabbed then stepped back for an arcing 14-footer.last_img read more