Tuesday, January 21, 2014

OIG Releases Semiannual Report

The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of Inspector General (OIG), has released its Fall 2013 Semiannual Report.  The Inspector General Act of 1978, as amended, requires that the Inspector General (IG) report semiannually to the head of the Department and the Congress on the activities of OIG during the 6-month periods ending March 31 and September 30.  The semiannual reports are intended to keep the HHS Secretary and the Congress fully and currently informed of significant findings and recommendations by OIG.  

In the report just recently released, covering April 1, 2013-September 30, 2013, OIG reports that OIG audits identified more than $27 million in questioned costs, and OIG investigations resulted in the imposition of more than $11,437,500 in fines, assessments, restitutions and recoveries.  OIG also has made efforts to better train its employees, and made revisions to the OIG’s public website with detailed information about how and where to report wrongdoing, whistleblower rights and protections, and an overview with contact information for the Whistleblower Ombudsperson Program.  To obtain a copy of the entire report, go to OIG’s website at http://www.justice.gov/oig/semiannual/1311/index.pdf

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