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by Karen Oliver
FDA Veterinarian Newsletter 2002 Volume XVI, No III

The Counter-terrorism (CT) Programs Staff launched the intranet-based Counter-terrorism Tracking System (CTTS). The March 11, 2002 launch of the CTTS occurred six months after the worst terrorist attack in our country's history.

The events of September 11, 2001, the subsequent anthrax outbreak, and the deployment of U.S. troops in the war on terrorism have resulted in a rapid expansion of Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) counter-terrorism efforts. In the course of meeting its counter-terrorism mandate, FDA works with many agencies of Federal, State, and local governments, consumers, industry, academia, and foreign governments. These wide-ranging activities have been coordinated centrally since the latter part of 2000 by the Counter-terrorism (CT) Programs Staff, Office of Science Coordination and Communication (OSCC), Office of the Commissioner (OC). Working with representatives from Centers and Offices throughout FDA, the CT Programs Staff serves as the FDA point of contact for all counter-terrorism activities both inside and outside the agency.

In an effort to enhance timely communication and inter-agency collaboration and cooperation, the CTTS was designed to be a single source for capturing all of FDA's CT activities including workload, accomplishments, planning, archiving documents, and generating reports. Further, the CTTS will guide budget planning in the coming years. Due to the urgent need to coordinate and track counter-terrorism efforts, the current system is a pilot tracking system that can be accessed by authorized users across the agency. It will be migrated to a permanent system over the next year.

There are three different permission levels for authorized users of the tracking system. The different permission levels are viewers, users, and administrators. Viewers have permission to view data, query the database, and generate reports. Users have permission to input and view data, query the database, and generate reports. Administrators have permission to input data, query the database, generate reports, and modify the system. Each of the five Centers within the FDA (CDER, CBER, CDRH, CFSAN, CVM) as well as the OC and National Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR) have designated users and viewers of the system.

The Counter-terrorism Programs Staff, under the direction of Dr. Andrea Meyerhoff, has the lead responsibility for CTTS. Mary Dempsey and Karen Oliver, the Health Science Administrators within this office, have administrative permission. They are the appropriate contacts for problems, questions, suggestions, and comments. The Counter-terrorism Programs Staff is located in the Parklawn Building, and can be reached by telephone 301-827-4067, fax 301-827-5671, and e-mail Counterterrorism@oc.fda.gov.

Karen Oliver is a Health Science Administrator in the Office of Counter-terrorism Programs, Office of the Commissioner.