Excerpt: Grants comprise over 40 percent of EPA's budget, about $3.5 billion annually, and EPA awards them to diverse recipients including state and local governments, tribes, nonprofit organizations, and foreign entities. It is critical that EPA monitor the effectiveness of its grants to ensure that recipients are using the funds appropriately to protect human health and the environment.
Excerpt: The Department’s inadvertent transfer of live anthrax samples, just like similar incidents at the CDC last year, raise serious safety concerns about the sufficiency of inactivation protocols and procedures for studying dangerous pathogens.
Excerpt: “Connected cars and advancements in vehicle technology present a tremendous opportunity for economic innovation, consumer convenience, and public health and safety. These benefits, however, depend on consumer confidence in the safety and reliability of these technologies.
Excerpt: In the event of a violation of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, FDA may give individuals and firms an opportunity to take voluntary and prompt action to correct the violation before the FDA initiates an enforcement action.
Excerpt: We believe the information and evidence developed from this investigation provides a basis to believe that there were additional lapses and concerns involved with the retention of the smallpox samples than just the failure to account for undiscovered, and presumably abandoned, materials.
Excerpt: We are writing to seek clarification of the facts and circumstances surrounding this voluntary work and how any such activity comports with existing FCC regulations.
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