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Seeking Public Comment on Draft National Health Security Strategy Biennial Implementation Plan

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Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Secretary.



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Authority: Public Health Service Act, 42 U.S.C. 300hh-1.

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To help the Nation achieve national health security and to implement the first quadrennial National Health Security Strategy (NHSS) of the United States of America (2009) and build upon the NHSS Interim Implementation Guide for the National Health Security Strategy of the United States of America (2009) the U.S. Government has drafted a NHSS Biennial Implementation Plan (BIP). Start Printed Page 43529This document is intended to describe the priority activities to occur during fiscal years 2011 and 2012 of implementation so that all sectors and segments of the Nation are working collectively and leveraging resources to achieve the same outcomes. The activities include responsible entities, timelines and measures. The target audience for the BIP is the Nation (individuals, families, communities including all sectors and governments, states and the Federal Government). It also outlines a framework for evaluation of impact of the NHSS.

This document is submitted for public consideration and comment for a period of 30 calendar days at​preparedness/​planning/​authority/​nhss/​comments/​. The Office of the Assistant Secretary of Preparedness and Response (ASPR) within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is submitting this document for public consideration as the lead agency in a broad interagency process to draft the guidance.


The public is encouraged to submit written comments on this proposed document. Comments may be submitted to HHS/ASPR in electronic form at the HHS/ASPR e-mail address and URL shown below. All comments should be submitted by August 25, 2010. All written comments received in response to this notice will be available for review by request. This document is available in hard-copy for all those that request it from the Federal point of contact.

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Lisa Kaplowitz, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Policy and Planning, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 200 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20201; phone: 202-205-2882;​preparedness/​planning/​authority/​nhss/​comments/​; e-mail address:

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The National Health Security Strategy (2009) can be found at:​Preparedness/​planning/​authority/​nhss/​Pages/​default.aspx.

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Dated: July 16, 2010.

Nicole Lurie,

Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response.

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[FR Doc. 2010-18332 Filed 7-23-10; 8:45 am]