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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

A vital modeling program was sidelined amid a bureaucratic battle, former officials say, leaving U.S. less prepared to face the virus. The Department of Homeland Security stopped updating its annual models of the havoc that pandemics would wreak on America's critical infrastructure in 2017, according to current and former DHS officials with direct knowledge of the matter.



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From at least 2005 to 2017, an office inside DHS, in tandem with analysts and supercomputers at several national laboratories, produced detailed analyses of what would happen to everything from transportation systems to hospitals if a pandemic hit the United States.

But the work abruptly stopped in 2017 amid a bureaucratic dispute over its value, two of the former officials said, leaving the department flat-footed as it seeks to stay ahead of the impacts the COVID-19 outbreak is having on vast swathes of the U.S. economy. Officials at other agencies have requested some of the reports from the pandemic modeling unit at DHS in recent days, only to find the information they needed scattered or hard to find quickly.

#1 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-03-25 07:38 AM | Reply

More winning!!!!!

#2 | Posted by zelkova at 2020-03-25 09:53 AM | Reply

A pandemic is no problem for rich people. So why would Rs worry about it?

#3 | Posted by SomebodyElse at 2020-03-25 10:39 AM | Reply

Republicans in Congress are so freaking stupid. We will double down on the military but for what is the most predictable threat to this country we won't spend a dime.

#4 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2020-03-25 10:44 AM | Reply

#3 | Posted by SomebodyElse

Need a few of those rich Republican donor's and Congressmen to get life altering ill for it to change. Rand Paul would be a good start.

#5 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2020-03-25 10:46 AM | Reply


If the available morgue space in New York City fills up as the number of COVID-19 deaths increases, federal help will be available, a former senior administration official said, noting that the George W. Bush administration sent mortuary assistance in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and the September 11 attacks.

The Department of Health and Human Services oversees the Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Teams (DMORT), which can help set up temporary morgues. The teams operate in response to requests from local authorities.

#6 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-03-25 04:33 PM | Reply

Well to be fair they were ugly models. And fat.

Trumpy don't like fat ugly models.

#7 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-03-26 12:16 PM | Reply

Being in risk and compliance for so long in IT security, this is a battle that is fought daily. Trying to identify what risk every business process introduces at every level and when resources need to be spent on them is governed by money. The government is no different. There is no entity in the world that can cover every scenario and be ready to deal with every one at a moment's notice.

Adults know this. I assume most Liberals don't because they don't have jobs. Imagine what we could accomplish if Libs started joining the adults and Cons started acting like adults.

#8 | Posted by humtake at 2020-03-26 01:38 PM | Reply

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