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Caucus and Staff Reports :: May 20, 2010

A Public Health Tragedy: How Flawed CDC Data and Faulty Assumptions Endangered Children’s Health

Report by the Majority Staff of the Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight of the Committee on Science and Technology,
U.S. House of Representatives to
Subcommittee Chairman Brad Miller 

May 20, 2010


The staff findings represent the essential elements of what could be proven based on the records provided to the Subcommittee and the information gathered in dozens of interviews with both former and current officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Public Health Service (PHS), and the District of Columbia. A fuller accounting of the results of the staff’s work can be found in the Summary and body of the report. 

In the Subcommittee’s attempt to fully investigate many of the allegations surrounding the publication of the March 30, 2004 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Dispatch (MMWR) and the CDC’s overall response to the DC lead-in-water crisis, it has been very difficult to obtain all relevant records regarding the issue from either the CDC or the District of Columbia government, and there are key documents that have been referred to by persons interviewed that have never been located. In other instances, records obtained by the Subcommittee from non-CDC sources completely contradict allegations made by CDC officials. Some assertions made by CDC staff remain completely unsubstantiated by documentation or by outside participants who should have knowledge of the events.

 Read the complete Staff Report

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