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Strategic National Stockpile

The program ensures the availability and rapid deployment of medical assets and countermeasures to the site of a terrorist attack or other national public health emergency. It is a national repository of antibiotics, chemical antidotes, life-support medications, and medical equipment, placed at strategic locations.


What This Rating Means

Moderately Effective

In general, a program rated Moderately Effective has set ambitious goals and is well-managed. Moderately Effective programs likely need to improve their efficiency or address other problems in the programs' design or management in order to achieve better results.
  • The Strategic National Stockpile has a focused and well-defined mission and is generally well managed, but improvement is needed in the process for identifying procurement priorities.
  • The program is evaluated regularly to fill gaps in performance information and highlight areas of potential improvement. Follow-up reviews by the Government Accountability Office and HHS' Office of Inspector General determined improvement has been made in implementing recommendations to correct internal weaknesses involving security and environmental controls.
  • The program has developed new annual and long-term performance measures and is able to demonstrate significant progress in its ability to treat the public for the appropriate response to known threats. The program has also established an efficiency measure which captures cost reductions made by extending the shelf life of products.

Improvement Plan

About Improvement Plans

We are taking the following actions to improve the performance of the program:

  • Tying budget requests to the accomplishment of annual and long-term goals, and presenting resource needs in a complete and transparent manner.
  • Analyzing trade-offs between cost, schedule, risk and performance goals to guide future activity.
  • Maintaining clearly defined deliverables and appropriate, credible cost and schedule goals.

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