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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Met the Requirements of the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014, With Areas That Require Improvement

Why OIG Did This Audit

The Digital Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014 (DATA Act) requires each agency's Inspector General to perform a biannual performance audit of the agency's compliance with the DATA Act reporting requirements, as stipulated in guidance from the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE), the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and the U.S. Department of Treasury (Treasury).

How OIG Did This Audit

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) engaged EY to conduct an independent performance audit to determine whether the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) was in compliance with reporting requirements of the DATA Act for the second quarter of fiscal year 2020. The performance audit assessed the completeness, quality, accuracy, and timeliness of the data transmitted through the HHS submission. We reviewed a statistically valid sample of 191 items from the second quarter of fiscal year 2020's financial and award data submitted by HHS for publication on USASpending.gov.

What OIG Found

Our performance audit determined that HHS complied with the reporting requirements of the DATA Act as stipulated by OMB, CIGIE, and Treasury. While HHS met the reporting requirements, our performance audit determined that:

What OIG Recommends

We recommend that HHS continue to focus its efforts on resolving issues related to its IT system controls, fully implementing interface controls by updating the governance for different environments to be compliant. We also recommend that HHS continue to progress toward producing high-quality data; remediating deficiencies in financial, procurement and grant-related systems; and better automating DATA Act data collection and submission processes. Finally, we recommend that HHS focus on refreshing operating divisions' understanding of Departmental guidance and identifying any potential need for operating division training to prevent and detect future accuracy issues.

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