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Audit of HHS's Awarding of Ventilator Production Contracts Under the Defense Production Act in Response to COVID-19

To address the COVID-19 pandemic, the President used his authority under the Defense Production Act of 1950 to direct the Department of Health and Human Services to facilitate the supply of materials for the production of ventilators. In response, the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) awarded 10 contracts totaling more than $2.9 billion to supply more than 187,000 ventilators for the Strategic National Stockpile by the end of 2020. This work will focus on the top five highest dollar value contracts awarded by ASPR for supplying these ventilators. We plan to determine whether ASPR's awarding and monitoring of these contracts complied with Federal requirements and HHS policies and procedures.

Announced or Revised Agency Title Component Report Number(s) Expected Issue Date (FY)
July 2020 Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Audit of HHS's Awarding of Ventilator Production Contracts Under the Defense Production Act in Response to COVID-19 Office of Audit Services W-00-20-59450 2021