Agency Policies (agency + policy)

Distribution by Scientific Domains

Selected Abstracts

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Policy: From the beginning to the millennium,

Paul Bohannon Andrews
No abstract is available for this article. [source]

Legal Implications of Fetal Heart Assessment

Laura Mahlmeister RN
The standard of care requires perinatal nurses to perform fetal heart (FH) assessment competently and safely. Failure to adhere to established guidelines and standards for FH assessment may result in negative outcomes for the fetus or newborn and contributes to claims of nursing negligence. The perinatal nurse must be fully cognizant of professional guidelines and standards for FH assessment and comply with agency policies and procedures when conducting assessment of the fetal heart. Guidelines for FH assessment during the antepartum and intrapartum period are discussed within the context of restructured health care settings and today's medicolegal climate. [source]

Considering religion and beliefs in child protection and safeguarding work: is any consensus emerging?

Philip Gilligan
Abstract Diverse, but significant, phenomena have combined to raise both the profile of issues related to religion and child abuse and the need for professionals to understand and respond appropriately to them. The nature of some of these issues is explored and attempts made to clarify them. Data collected by the author primarily from questionnaires completed by professionals involved in child protection and safeguarding work are analysed and discussed. Some patterns are identified and explored. Finally, it is suggested that, despite the apparent emergence of a more general recognition and acknowledgement of these issues amongst many professionals, relevant day-to-day practice remains largely dependent on individual views and attitudes. Moreover, practitioners are able to continue with ,religion-blind' and ,belief-blind' approaches without these being significantly challenged by agency policies or by professional cultures. Copyright 2009 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. [source]

Maximizing the use of Project Bioshield contracting opportunities

Dana B. Pashkoff
Abstract This article explores the often complicated relationship between agency policymakers and the contracting officers that are charged with executing agency procurements. In particular, the article explores the role of the contracting officer in maximizing the use of streamlined contracting practices under the Project BioShield Act of 2004 (Public Law 108,276). Project BioShield, which is implemented through the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) within the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), is designed to encourage procurement activity that protects Americans against a chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear attack. To do so, the Act permits the use of special streamlined contracting authorities, many of which are often unused or ignored by the contracting officers engaged in executing and administering Project BioShield procurements. This article argues that these contracting officers are bound to conduct their duties within the confines of overall agency policy, and they cannot use their contracting discretion to circumvent that policy. As a result, DHHS contracting officers are required to use the Project BioShield streamlined contracting methods. In order to assist the agency in encouraging the use of these procedures, this article also recommends techniques that BARDA can apply in order to encourage contracting officers to take advantage of these contracting opportunities and advance agency's policy with respect to Project BioShield. Drug Dev Res 70:234,238, 2009. 2009 Wiley-Liss, Inc. [source]