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Audit of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority's Awarding of Research and Development Contracts for FY 2017 through FY 2020

The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) leads the Nation's medical and public health preparedness for, response to, and recovery from disasters and public health emergencies. The Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), a part of ASPR, aids in safeguarding our Nation from pandemic influenza and emerging infectious diseases, and supports the transition of medical countermeasures, such as vaccines, from research through advanced development. Congressional FY appropriations for BARDA are made available to support advanced research and development pursuant to section 319L of the Public Health Service Act and other administrative expenses. We will review contracts awarded through the ASPR Next and BARDA Division of Research, Innovation, and Ventures (DRIVe) programs which were created by ASPR to spur innovation in either the development of certain new lifesaving technologies and products or medical countermeasure efforts. We will determine whether ASPR complied with Federal requirements when awarding contracts with BARDA FY 2017 through FY 2020 appropriations. Furthermore, we will determine whether ASPR appropriately used the ASPR Next and DRIVe programs when awarding contracts.

Announced or Revised Agency Title Component Report Number(s) Expected Issue Date (FY)
August 2020 Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Audit of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority's Awarding of Research and Development Contracts for FY 2017 through FY 2020 Office of Audit Services W-00-20-59448 2021