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Department of Health and Human Services

Office of Inspector General -- AUDIT

"Emergency Response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita:  Audit of Centers for Disease Control and Preventionís Award Process for a Commercial Purchase Order to McKesson Drug Company," (A-04-06-01031)

January 8, 2007

PDF File Complete Text of Report is available in PDF format (96 kb). Copies can also be obtained by contacting the Office of Public Affairs at 202-619-1343.


The audit is one of several reviews of procurements by the Centers fro Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other components of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005.

The Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and the Health and Human Services Acquisition Regulation (HHSAR) provide, among other things, that HHS agencies award each contract to a responsible party and document compliance with requirements for full and open competition and the determination that the price was fair and reasonable. 

As part of HHS’s hurricane relief operations, CDC awarded a commercial purchase order to McKesson Drug Company (McKesson) for an emergency delivery of pharmaceutical products for use in storm-affected areas. Our objective was to determine whether CDC complied with FAR and HHSAR requirements during the award process involving McKesson. CDC complied with the requirements.