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Department of Health and Human Services

Office of Inspector General -- AUDIT

"Review of the Hiring and Managing Practices for Appointed Consultants and Experts in the Department of Health and Human Services," (A-15-91-00011)

June 11, 1992


Complete Text of Report is available in PDF format (409 kb). Copies can also be obtained by contacting the Office of Public Affairs at 202-619-1343.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:

This final report discusses the need for the Department of Health and Human Services (Department) to strengthen its controls over the hiring and managing of appointed consultants and experts. Our review disclosed that the internal controls over hiring and managing consultants and experts needs strengthening to ensure that consultants and experts: are free from financial conflicts-of-interest; are not improperly detailed and recertified; time and attendance is accurately reported; quality of work is evaluated; and hiring approvals are obtained in compliance with prevailing policies and procedures. Also, we found many instances of noncompliance with prescribed policies, procedures and regulations.