Coordinating Office for Terrorism Preparedness and Emergency Response : COTPER
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Coordinating Office for Terrorism Preparedness and Emergency Response : COTPER
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    Following September 11 and the subsequent anthrax release in 2001, public health preparedness was pushed to the forefront of science, law and national security. As public health took center stage, there were many issues that the Agency’s Terrorism Preparedness and Emergency Response effort had to address. In August 2002, COTPER was established to help focus on public health issues including: • Intense focus on terrorism preparedness and response. The threat of terrorism continues to dominate the federal government and public health agendas. • Increased national and global visibility. The CDC/ATSDR role in public health policy has grown significantly and demands that the Agency assume new roles and relationships, including partnerships with law enforcement, intelligence and military. • New Management demands. The current Administration has introduced a number of key initiatives through the President’s Management Agenda (PMA) with specific expectations for performance and the management of resources. • Existing business needs. In spite of each new demand placed upon the Agency, its other public health responsibilities remain priorities and require continued attention and dedication of resources. These priorities must not be overshadowed by terrorism. Publication date from document properties. COTPER_Overview_Divisions.pdf
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