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Audit of CDC's COVID-19 Awards to Selected State Departments of Health

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, the Secretary of HHS declared a public health emergency on January 31, 2020. During 2020, Congress approved five COVID-19 appropriation bills: (a) Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020 (P.L. 116-123), (b) Families First Coronavirus Response Act (P.L. 116-127), (c) CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act) (P.L. 116-136), (d) Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act (P.L. 116-139), and (e) Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (P.L. 116-260). The CDC distributed funds from these appropriations through existing grants and cooperative agreements to provide support for core public health response activities, such as epidemiology, surveillance, laboratory capacity, infection control, mitigation, and communications. These distributions increased some States' normal annual award amounts by approximately three to four times. Prior OIG audits have identified potential risk areas related to influxes of appropriations to States. Our objective will be to determine whether selected State Departments of Health used their CDC COVID-19 funding in accordance with award requirements.

Announced or Revised Agency Title Component Report Number(s) Expected Issue Date (FY)
Completed (partial) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Audit of CDC's COVID-19 Awards to Selected State Departments of Health Office of Audit Services W-00-22-59469;