Department of Health and Human Services

Office of Inspector General -- AUDIT

"Audit of Unobligated Balances of Funds Awarded Under the Bioterrorism Hospital Preparedness Program," (A-05-06-00024)

June 12, 2007


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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:

The audit objective was to determine whether the percentage of unobligated Bioterrorism Hospital Preparedness Program (Bioterrorism Program) balances decreased from program year 2002 to program year 2004. 

The percentage of unobligated Bioterrorism Program balances decreased from program year 2002 to program year 2004.  Based on OIG’s analysis of available financial status reports submitted by awardees, unobligated balances declined from 15.7 percent of the awarded funds for program year 2002 to 5.1 percent of the awarded funds for program year 2004.  Because program year 2004 had not expired for six grantees as of the completion of the audit (January 9, 2007), these grantees could further reduce their unobligated balances.  The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has contributed to the reduced percentage of unobligated balances by strengthening its oversight, training, and onsite monitoring of awardees and by using available enforcement actions.   

OIG recommended that HRSA continue to use available monitoring tools and enforcement actions to reduce unobligated funds until such time as the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response assumes responsibility for the Bioterrorism Program.  HRSA concurred with the recommendation.