Excerpt: We ask that you undertake a study that focuses on coordination among contractor efforts and CMS efforts to oversee these contractors to ensure that they are working efficiently and effectively while guaranteeing that beneficiaries are receiving care to which they are entitled. To read the letter, click here.
Letters to GAO Regarding the Los Alamos National Laboratory and the National Nuclear Security AdministrationJune 26, 2012 | Letter
Excerpt: In reports requested by this Committee on safety and security problems at Los Alamos and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories, for example, GAO has repeatedly documented weaknesses in those sites’ performance self-assessment programs To read the letter regarding the Los Alamos National Laboratory, click here.
Excerpt: The Committee on Energy and Commerce is investigating whether the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is complying with Federal safety requirements in its operation of the Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratory, also known as CDC Building 18, a $214 million Biosafety Level 3 germ lab facility used for experiments involving anthrax, dangerous strains of influenza, the SARS coronavirus, monkeypox and other microbes with bioweapons potential
Excerpt: The Executive Order charges the Working Group to facilitate coordinated Administration Policy efforts to support safe and responsible unconventional natural gas development.’ However, the Executive Order flags augmenting State safeguards’ as a role for the Federal government. The Order is not clear on whether that Federal standard-setting role is in addition to or in lieu of the States’ role as primary regulators.
Excerpt: We specifically seek EPA’s response concerning whether this reflects a reasonable estimate of the total present value cost of this regulation rule, based on EPA analysis and assumptions. We have continuing concerns about such an unprecedented, expensive rule with such far-reaching impacts across many states.
Excerpt: We understand that you plan to issue a proposed rule as soon as next week, a schedule that does not allow for full consideration of alternatives and review by expert scientists at other federal agencies. We therefore urge you to include the retention of the current standards in any proposed rule addressing the ambient air standards for particulate matter.