Department of Health and Human Services

Office of Inspector General -- AUDIT

"Audit of Selected Procurements by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Under Contract 200-2005-11533 Merck Vaccine Division," (A-04-06-01025)

June 12, 2006

Complete Text of Report is available in PDF format (637 kb). Copies can also be obtained by contacting the Office of Public Affairs at 202-619-1343.

As part of the Inspector General's broad evaluation of procurements by departmental components during relief operations following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, we audited selected procurements under Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) contract 200-2005-11533 with Merck Vaccine Division.  Our objectives were to determine whether CDC complied with the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) while making the involved procurements and accurately computed amounts charged to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) based on the acutal costs incurred.  We found that CDC complied with applicable parts of the FAR while issuing two delivery orders to Merck Vaccine Division for emergency shipments of vaccines to the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals and the Mississippi Department of Health, and that CDC's claims for reimbursement from FEMA accurately reflected the actual costs incurred.