Office of Inspector General (OIG) releases audits on multiple states

Congress requested the OIG conduct audits regarding the proper reporting, investigation, and resolution of allegations or referrals of abuse and neglect of children in the foster care system. In recent months, the OIG of the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released audits completed on aspects of child welfare agency requirements in California, New York, and Texas. When a child welfare agency is fully operational and claims Title IV-E, a federal requirement for the agency is to ensure that all allegations and referrals of child abuse and neglect are properly reported, investigated, and resolved. This requirement refers to both allegations of the child’s original home as well as of a foster home or placement following removal; however, children in foster care were the focus of these OIG audits in California, New York, and Texas. [More]

Office of Inspector General Audit Reveals Children in Foster Care Lack Required Health Screenings

On March 2, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) released an audit indicating that a significant number of foster children do not receive required health screenings. The audit included a sample of 100 children from each of the four large states (California, Illinois, New York, and Texas) selected for a period between July 1, 2011 and June 20, 2012. The review also considered how the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) ensures that children in foster care receive required screenings. [More]

HHS OIG Releases Work Plan for Federal Fiscal Year 2015

As the new Federal Fiscal Year began on October 1, 2014, a work plan was released that outlines the engagements planned throughout the year. The Office of Inspector General (OIG) was created was created “to protect the integrity of US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) programs and operations and the well-being of beneficiaries by detecting and preventing fraud, waste, and abuse; identifying opportunities to improve program economy, efficiency, and effectiveness; and holding accountable those who do not meet program requirements or who violate Federal health care laws.” [More]

HHS-OIG Issues First Report on Exchange Data Security

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of the Inspector General (OIG) issued on September 22, 2014 the first in what will be a series of reports on information security controls in federal and state-based health insurance Exchanges under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The OIG reviews are based on HHS regulations on administrative, technical, and physical safeguards to safeguard the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of personally identifiable information (PII) obtained and used by Exchanges. The OIG reviews also apply standards developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) which HHS has adopted in instructions to Exchanges about steps necessary to protect PII. [More]

GAO and HHS-OIG Release Reports on Healthcare.Gov

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of the Inspector General (OIG) have released new reports on the implementation of Healthcare.Gov. The GAO’s report, entitled “Contract Planning and Oversight Practices Were Ineffective Given Challenges and Risks,” focused on one contract and two task orders which together accounted for over 40 percent of the $840 million obligated for developing Healthcare.Gov and supporting IT systems through March 2014. The GAO concluded that cost increases and delayed system functionality were due mainly to changing technical requirements and ineffective contractor oversight under cost-plus-fixed-fee contracts. [More]

HHS/OIG Reports Inconsistencies in Health Insurance Eligibility Data

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of Inspector General (OIG), released a report on July 1, 2014 describing challenges that health insurance Exchanges/Marketplaces faced in resolving inconsistencies between self-attested data in applications to Exchanges versus data that Exchanges accessed through the Federal Data Services Hub. Resolving such inconsistencies is a critical task necessary to verify individuals’ eligibility for advance premium tax credits (APTCs) and cost-sharing reductions (CSRs) under health plans available through the Exchange. [More]

HHS OIG Report Finds Most States Anticipate Implementing Streamlined Eligibility and Enrollment by 2014

Federal Funds Information for States Identifies Reports Released by HHS and ACF
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) conducted a survey regarding states’ readiness to implement streamlined eligibility and enrollment systems for state health subsidy programs under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) [More]

OIG Reports on ACF Programs

The agenda for the Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) for Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2012 was committed to completing the review of American Recovery and Investment Act of 2009 (ARRA) funding distributed across multiple programs and received by numerous state agencies as well as community action agencies (CAA). In FFY 2012, 23 reports were completed and posted for the Administration for Children and Families (ACF). [More]

OIG FY 2013 Work Plan for Human Services

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) FY 2013 work plan included information on continued and new start projects for the Administration for Community Living and the Administration for Children and Families (ACF). In addition to covering programs within the Administration for Children and Families, the Human Services section of the OIG work plan includes the Administration for Community Living (ACL). [More]