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Statements by Administration Officials on World AIDS Day

Senior Administration Officials Discuss Obama Administration Efforts on HIV/AIDS (Event):

In an event on the eve of World AIDS Day, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, Ambassador Eric Goosby, Director of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy Jeffrey Crowley, and Senior Advisor and Assistant to the President Valerie Jarrett discussed the Administration’s efforts to address HIV/AIDS. Among other things, Secretary Clinton announced that “Ambassador Goosby will present the five-year strategy for the future of PEPFAR” later this week and that “the International AIDS Society will hold the 2012 International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C.”

Ambassador Goosby blog post:

In a blog post, Ambassador Goosby, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, in the context of World AIDS Day, discusses the privilege of hosting the 2012 International AIDS Conference as well as the importance of lifting the HIV entry ban.

USAID Statement:

Alonzo Fulgham, Acting Administrator of USAID, released a statement outlining USAID’s commitment to address HIV/AIDS and summarized its role “as a major partner in the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).”

DoD Statement:

Dr. Richard Shaffer, Executive Director of the DoD HIV/AIDS Prevention Program, stated that “DoD is proud to be ‘Working Together’ with our interagency colleagues, including Department of State and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). On World AIDS Day 2009, we recommit ourselves to furthering our achievements and look forward to continuing the fight.”

NIH Statement:

In a statement released on World AIDS Day, Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), said that NIH was “committed to harnessing the breadth of expertise across the NIH to continue to lead the world’s effort to finding solutions to this pandemic.”

Peace Corps Statement:

The Peace Corps released a statement summarizing its commitment and efforts to address the impacts of HIV/AIDS.

State Department’s Office of Inspector General releases report titled “The Exercise of Chief of Mission Authority in Managing the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief Overseas”

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) for the U.S. Department of State released a report titled “The Exercise of Chief of Mission (COM) Authority in Managing the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief Overseas” (PEPFAR). The report was part of an annual oversight plan required by the PEPFAR Reauthorization Act of 2008 and coordinated by the OIGs for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Department of State.

According to the report, “the purpose of the inspection is to determine how COMs are fulfilling their responsibilities to coordinate, direct, and support the PEPFAR program at overseas posts. The report describes and evaluates program oversight by COMs, including their role in policy and program implementation, the challenges they face, the effectiveness of mission support, and implications for sustainability.”

“Joint Statement between Prime Minister Dr. Singh and President Obama” includes commitments on global health issues

In a Joint Statement released by the White House, Prime Minister Dr. Singh and President Obama “agreed to build on existing strong ties across academia and scientific communities by advancing public health and biomedical research collaborations between the United States and India. The two countries plan to establish a Regional Global Disease Detection Center in India and to build a partnership with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The leaders also pledged to enhance collaboration in controlling diseases such as polio, and discovering new and affordable technologies and treatments for the benefit of their peoples and for those of other countries who seek their assistance.”

CRS Report – The 2009 Influenza Pandemic: An Overview

The report summarizes “key events in the H1N1 pandemic response, followed by information about select federal emergency management authorities and actions taken by DHS, HHS, and state and local authorities. It then lists congressional hearings held to day; discusses appropriations and funding for pandemic flu preparedness and response activities; summarizes U.S. government pandemic flu planning documents; and lists sources for additional information.”

S.Res. 312 – Expressing the sense of the Senate on empowering and strengthening the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

The proposed resolution would express the sense of the Senate that a USAID Administrator should be “nominated with all expediency and exigency,” that USAID “must be empowered to be the primary development agency of the United States,” and that the Administrator should increase the number of Foreign Service Offices at USAID and submit a 5-year staffing plan to Congress.

Timeline of the bill:

- Introduced and referred to the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on October 13, 2009.

- Passed by unanimous consent in the Senate on November 9, 2009. This is the final action in the legislative process for resolutions. Therefore, no further action will be taken and this resolution takes effect.

S. 1733 – Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act

Among other things, the proposed bill would require the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to develop a “National Strategic Action Plan . . . to assist health professionals in preparing for and responding to the impacts of climate change on public health in the United States and other nations, particularly developing nations.”

- The bill would also create the “Climate Change Health Protection and Promotion Fund,” which would be made available to the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) in order “to assist the efforts of developing nations to incorporate measures to prepare health systems to respond to the impacts of climate change.”

- Finally, the bill would create the “International Climate Change Adaptation and Global Security Program,” which would “provide assistance to the most vulnerable developing countries” through bilateral and/or multilateral assistance.

Timeline of the bill:

- Introduced and referred to the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works on September 30, 2009.

- Reported favorably out of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works on November 5, 2009.

USAID releases “A Report to Congress on the $75 Million FY09 Food Security Strategy: Targeted Agriculture Funds”

This report details how USAID will utilize “$75 million in agriculture funds targeted to food security” as provided for by the 2009 Omnibus Appropriations Act. The report states that the funding “will be specifically targeted to investments that provide the foundations for a longer-term, global strategy on food security to begin in 2010 . . . and provides a detailed program accounting for the $75 million.”