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Audit of Background Verification Process at IHS-Operated Health Facilities

The Indian Child Protection and Family Violence Prevention Act (P.L. No. 101-630) requires background checks, including Federal Bureau of Investigation fingerprinting, for individuals whose duties involve contact with children. Furthermore, Indian Health Service (IHS) appropriated funds may not be used to pay for services provided by individuals excluded from federally funded health care programs. Prior OIG audit work identified IHS and Tribal health facilities that did not meet Federal requirements for background verifications of employees in contact with children. We will determine whether IHS-operated health facilities met Federal requirements for background verifications of employees, contractors, and volunteers in contact with Indian children served by the facilities, and whether health care providers treating these children were appropriately licensed.

Announced or Revised Agency Title Component Report Number(s) Expected Issue Date (FY)
April 2021 Indian Health Service Audit of Background Verification Process at IHS-Operated Health Facilities Office of Audit Services W-00-21-59454 2022