The Center of Preparedness and Response (CPR) within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was established in FY2003 to support and coordinate terrorism response activities across the agency. The Division of Select Agents and Toxins (DSAT), located within CPR, developed and maintains the electronic Federal Select Agent Program information system (eFSAP).
The eFSAP is a Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) 199 high rated platform with multiple module-like applications supporting the programmatic requirements for FSAP. The eFSAP system architecture is an cloud based solution consisting of Azure web services front end, data repository in Azure AD, document storage in Azure Blob Storage, and authentication provided by a combination of identity services. External users access the system via CDC’s Secure Access Management System (SAMS). Internal users access the system via Active Directory.
DSAT also regulates importation of infectious agents which affect human health in the United States. CDC’s Import Permit program (IPP) ensures laboratories importing infectious biological agents have appropriate biosafety measures to prevent introduction or spread of these biological agents into the United States. Regulatory authority for the program is given to the Secretary of Health and Human Services through the Public Health Service Act, which allows for the development and enforcement of regulations to prevent the introduction, transmission, or spread of communicable disease from foreign countries into and throughout the U.S. or its possessions. The regulations require that anyone wishing to import infectious biological agents, infectious substances, or vectors must first obtain a permit issued by CDC.
The electronic Import Permit Program (eIPP) is a FIPS 199 low rated system residing in Azure Cloud. It utilizes much of the same technology as developed initially for eFSAP and is considered a part of the FSAP Investment in the OMB IT Dashboard.
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