Excerpt: Information and assessments reviewed by the Committee following the July 2012 security breakdown at the Y-12 National Security Complex have identified significant shortcomings in the management of physical security at DOE facilities with Category I and II special nuclear material.
Excerpt: One matter that has been brought to the committee’s attention is the applicability of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the HIPAA Privacy Rule on the ability of state and local governments to share mental health records with the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). To read the letter, click here.
Excerpt: As part of the Committee’s investigation, we seek additional information to help us examine EPA’s current actions to address fraud and abuse and to ensure market integrity. To read the letter, click here.
Excerpt: After past tragedies, federal, state, and local entities have reviewed what steps should be taken to prevent future tragedies from occurring… A helpful starting point for the committee’s inquiry is to examine the current and past efforts by federal agencies, in particular those of HHS, to assess and improve upon our mental health system in reaction to previous tragedies.
Excerpt: The few communications FDA has produced to the committee from the account of one district office employee raise new and troubling questions about the agency’s oversight of NECC after the December 2006 Warning Letter up until the recent outbreak, including why FDA failed to re-inspect the company’s facility. FDA’s repeated inaction is even more troubling in that it runs counter to remarks you gave early in your tenure during a speech entitled, ‘Effective Enforcement and Benefit
To read EPA's February 1, 2013, response, click here. To read the committee's December 12, 2012, letter, click here.