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  • tla_usa tla_usa May 24, 2014 5:03 PM Flag

    President proposes $543 million in 2015 for medical countermeasures

    The President’s fiscal year (FY) 2015 Budget for HHS
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    $543 million to support the purchase and maintenance of medical countermeasures and other material in the Strategic National Stockpile,

    $8 million below FY 2014
    (smaller change then for most other government budget items)

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    • How encouraging is the President's budget for medical countermeasures?

      Three points come to mind --

      One :the medical countermeasures budget viewed on a per year basis is about what it has always been.
      The 2015 medical countermeasures budget is less then a two percent reduction relative to 2014
      And a two percent reduction when compared with other defense budgets reductions -- which are percentage wise much greater -- is a positive sign of support for medical countermeasures.

      Two: there are very few medical countermeasures that are available for the government to purchase. At the moment perhaps only anthrax and smallpox.

      Three: a contract for medical countermeasures of say $500 million over a 4 year delivery would take about $125 million of the medical countermeasure annual budget.

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      Budget sequestration has been much more savage in other areas of defense contracting. -- excerpts -
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      "Many of the decisions of how to comply with the sequestration budget levels were made at the
      component level within DoD, so it is worth examining and comparing how the major DoD components
      fared.

      "Contract obligations by the Army, which declined by 15 percent between 2011 and 2012,
      continued to decline dramatically in 2013 (-21 percent).

      "Air Force contract obligations, which increased by 5 percent between 2011 and 2012, declined slightly faster (-22 percent) than for the Army.

      "Contract obligations by the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) declined at the highest rate (-23 percent), but this
      comes after a large one-year surge in contract obligations for fuels in 2012.

      "The category of “Other DoD”, which includes all DoD contracting functions (such as the Missile
      Defense Agency and TRICARE) not captured by the other four component categories, declined slightly
      faster than overall defense contract obligations between 2012 and 2013 (-18 percent), after showing
      mild growth

    • You do have the brains to realize that the full FY budget for this is about what the initial REDUCED contract to siga was right? Seems to me they're cutting back rather than taking it more seriously. Looks like management Fd itself again by putting every egg into the barda basket.

 
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