A Government Accountability Office report on the TSA Explosives Detection Canine Program analyzed how the agency trains and maintains its dogs and programs. The GAO found that the TSA should regularly analyze program trends to better manage and improve how the canines are used in airports. The congressional watchdog also suggested the TSA’s newer passenger screening program be comprehensively evaluated for effectiveness.
Recent incidents involving hazardous anthrax and bird flu samples at government laboratories have raised concerns about safety violations that might be occurring at other sensitive labs. A Government Accountability Office publication, High-Containment Laboratories: Recent Incidents of Biosafety Lapses, explores the latest incidents at high-containment laboratories and discusses the importance of a national standard for operating the facilities. The report found that there is a continuing lack of oversight and assessment in high-containment labs, which may contribute to future safety lapses.