Skip to content

BARDA Returns With New Wrapping, New Approach to Secrecy

Post categories

  1. Freedom of Information
· Story link

· Story link

BARDA is back. With a new name: Biodefense and Pandemic Vaccine and Drug Development Act of 2006. In a new bill: S2564. With a new structure: the proposed agency is now an “authority.” And with a new way to keep secret the information it develops on bioterrorism: Instead of excluding the authority from FOIA, the new bill by Sen. Richard Burr, R-NC, creates a statutory, B(3), exemption from FOIA for “specific technical data or scientific information” the secretary believes will “reveal vulnerabilities” to biological, chemical, nuclear, or radiological threats in our medical and public health systems. There’s also a blanket exclusion from the federal open meetings act. (4/18/06)

Stay informed by signing up for our mailing list

Keep up with our work by signing up to receive our monthly newsletter. We'll send you updates about the cases we're doing with journalists, news organizations, and documentary filmmakers working to keep you informed.