United States of America

Office of the President
Division(s) within the Office of the President with a role or interest in biosecurity:

Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP)
OSTP is the main science and technology advisory group for the executive branch of the US government. In addition to its advisory role, the OSTP works with other US agencies, the private sector, and other countries to promote the use of science and technology in order to improve economic prosperity, environmental quality, and national security.

National Security Council
The National Security Council (NSC) is the President’s principal forum for considering national security and foreign policy matters with his senior national security advisors and cabinet officials.

The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues
The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues advises the President on bioethical issues that may emerge from advances in biomedicine and related areas of science and technology. The Commission works with the goal of identifying and promoting policies and practices that ensure scientific research, health care delivery, and technological innovation are conducted in an ethically responsible manner.

Department of Agriculture (USDA)
USDA is the primary agency which ensures a safe and plentiful supply of food for the American people. The USDA administers and funds food safety initiatives, water supply projects, pesticide and genetically modified organism research, and food assistance programs.

Division(s) within the USDA with a role or interest in biosecurity:

Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
CIA is one of the pillars of the US intelligence community. They provide the US president with intelligence information by collecting, analyzing, and reporting information pertinent to US national security. Through their intelligence analysis, the CIA often influences policy makers to create or revise laws to strengthen national security.

Department of Defense (DOD)
DOD is the coordinating body for all US military activities and bodies, including the Army, Navy, Marines, and Air Force. The DOD helps formulate and shape US defense and national security policy.

Division(s) within the DOD with a role or interest in biosecurity:

Department of Energy (DOE)
DOE’s mission is to advance the economic and energy security of the US. In order to achieve this, the DOE will advance energy technologies, diversify energy sources, promote scientific research, and foster a cleaner environment.

Division(s) within the DOE with a role or interest in biosecurity:

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
For 40 years, EPA’s mission has been to protect human health and safeguard our natural environment.
EPA’s National Homeland Security Research Center develops and delivers products to prevent, prepare for, and recover from public health and environmental emergencies,
especially those arising from terrorist threats and incidents. This web site offers tools, applications, reports, papers, and research in the following topic areas:

  • Indoor and Outdoor Decontamination
  • Water Infrastructure Protection
  • Response Capability Enhancement
  • Standardized Analytical Methods Development
  • Technology Testing and Evaluation

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
FBI is the investigative branch of the US federal government. The FBI deals with protecting the U.S. from terrorist attacks, foreign intelligence operations, technology attacks, combating public corruption, protecting civil rights, combating organized crime, and upgrading law enforcement technology.

Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
DHS was created in 2002 as a response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the US . is responsible for coordinating federal operations within the United States to prepare for, respond to, and recover from terrorist attacks, major disasters and other emergencies. Its main goals are to prevent terrorist attacks within the United States, reduce America’s vulnerability to terrorism, and minimize the damage from potential attacks and natural disasters.

Division(s) within the DHS with a role or interest in biosecurity:

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
DHHS is the US agency responsible for protecting the health and well being of all Americans. HHS conducts or administers health research, medical services, financial assistance, infant & elderly care, and medical preparedness for emergencies, including terrorism.

Division(s) within the DHHS with a role or interest in biosecurity:

Department of State
The Department of State is the primary US department dealing with international diplomacy. The Department of State has a wide variety of responsibilities including the negotiation of international treaties and the coordinating of programs with biosecurity implications.

Division(s) within the State Department with a role or interest in biosecurity:

House Committee on Homeland Security (HCHS)
HCHS has primary jurisdiction over the nation’s third largest cabinet agency, the Department of Homeland Security. In addition, the committee has responsibility for government-wide homeland security policy and the most significant responsibility for homeland security policy of any House or Senate committee.

  • House Committee on Science (HCS)
  • HCS has jurisdiction over all federally funded, non-defense, research and development (R&D) programs. The committee controls R&D work at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Department of Energy (DOE), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the U.S. Fire Administration, and the U.S. Geological Survey. The committee also is charged with guiding US science policy and ensuring that federal money for R&D is spent wisely.

  • National Science Foundation (NSF)
    NSF is an independent federal US agency created, “to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; [and] to secure the national defense.” To that end, the NSF funds research in all fields of fundamental science and engineering, except the medical sciences, and endeavors to keep the US at the leading edge of discoveries in all these scientific fields.