S.3263 - A bill to establish a Chief Veterinary Officer in the Department of Homeland Security, and for other purposes.111th Congress (2009-2010)
|Sponsor:||Sen. Akaka, Daniel K. [D-HI] (Introduced 04/27/2010)|
|Committees:||Senate - Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs|
|Latest Action:||Senate - 04/27/2010 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. (text of measure as introduced: CR S2709-2710) (All Actions)|
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Summary: S.3263 — 111th Congress (2009-2010)All Information (Except Text)
Introduced in Senate (04/27/2010)
Amends the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to establish in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) a Chief Veterinary Officer, who shall: (1) head the division of DHS with primary responsibility for veterinary issues, food defense, and agriculture security; and (2) have primary responsibility within DHS for responsibilities relating to veterinary medicine and veterinary public health.
Requires that such Officer: (1) be a veterinarian who possesses a demonstrated ability in and knowledge of veterinary public health and emergency preparedness; (2) be appointed by the DHS Secretary; and (3) report directly to the Chief Medical Officer (or to the Assistant Secretary for Health Affairs if the Assistant Secretary is not serving as Chief Medical Officer).