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Department of Health and Human Services

Office of Inspector General -- AUDIT

Allopathic Medicine Health Professions Student Loans Program at the State University of New York Health Sciences Center at Brooklyn, Brooklyn, New York, (A-05-98-00018)

October 28, 1998


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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:

This letter report provides the results of our audit of the Allopathic Medicine Health Professions Student Loans (HPSL) Program at the State University of New York (SUNY) Health Sciences Center at Brooklyn. The HPSL program was implemented through the Public Health Service Act. The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has overall management responsibilities for the program at the Federal level.

We determined that the University was appropriately using HPSL funds to provide loans to eligible medical students and was in compliance with regulations concerning the use of investment income and maintenance to excess cash. However, we determined that a number of borrowers were not in compliance with the primary care service obligations criteria established by HRSA. We also determined that the University was carrying uncollectible loans in their accounting records and that edits were not in place to alert university officials to the expiration of the ten-year repayment period.