In August 2007, Congress established the National Biosurveillance Integration Center (NBIC) within the Department of Homeland Security to enhance the Nation's capability to integrate biosurveillance efforts. The Nation has many robust biosurveillance capabilities; yet some of these capabilities are relatively uncoordinated among the various entities responsible for surveillance, analysis, and mitigation/remediation responses that typically report to national level authorities. The NBIC serves as the designated government entity to synthesize and analyze information collected from across the spectrum of these organizations.
The National Biosurveillance Integration Center is a component of the Health Incident Surveillance Branch within the Health Threats Resilience Division of the Office of Health Affairs (OHA).
The mission of the National Biosurveillance Integration Center (NBIC) is to enhance the capability of the Federal Government to:
- Rapidly identify, characterize, localize, and track a biological event of national concern;
- Integrate and analyze data relating to human health, animal, plant, food, water, and environmental domains;
- Disseminate alerts and pertinent information;
- Oversee development and operation of the National Biosurveillance Integration System (NBIS) interagency community.
The National Biosurveillance Integration Center is led by Director Steve Bennett, Ph.D.