10 Years of Coordinated Federal Action
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The federal government has a responsibility to act, but without anyone clearly positioned to lead federal programs to combat antimicrobial resistance it is nearly impossible for all of these different actors to coordinate their activities to create a systematic national response.
In light of this leadership vacuum, the Interagency Task Force on Antimicrobial Resistance (ITFAR) was created in 1999 to bring together 10 of the federal agencies working on issues related to resistance. An 11th organization—the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has since joined. The task force has successfully documented progress on federal antimicrobial resistance-related projects and increased communication both within the agencies and between the agencies and external partners. ITFAR has
failed to live up to its potential as a priority-setting and decisionmaking body, however. ITFAR is uniquely positioned to direct and support the federal response to antimicrobial resistance, but in its first 10 years the task force has done little to shape federal action.

Abby Colson