Audit of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Grants to Recipients for COVID-19 Screening Testing at Schools
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC's) Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity for Prevention and Control of Emerging Infectious Diseases (ELC) program provides strategic investments aimed at reducing infectious disease-related illnesses and death through its cooperative agreement with health departments throughout the United States. Financial resources and technical assistance are provided each year to 64 jurisdictions to support activities related to surveillance, detection, response, and prevention of infectious diseases. The American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act of 2021, enacted March 11, 2021 (P.L. No. 117-2), provides additional relief to address COVID-19's continued impact on the economy, public health, State and local governments, individuals, and businesses. The CDC, through the ELC program, provided $10 billion in ARP funding to States to support COVID-19 screening testing for teachers, staff, and students to assist schools in reopening safely for in-person instruction. The $10 billion, under the ELC reopening school awards, was awarded to the current 64 ELC jurisdictions according to a population-based formula. Our first audit will determine whether the CDC provided effective oversight to the ELC recipients in implementing the screening testing programs. Our second phase of audits will determine whether select ELC recipients had controls in place to monitor schools in implementing COVID-19 screening testing programs. In addition, we will determine whether select ELC recipients and schools used the ARP funding in accordance with Federal requirements and the applicable grant terms.
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|Completed (partial)||Centers for Disease Control and Prevention||Audit of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Grants to Recipients for COVID-19 Screening Testing at Schools||Office of Audit Services||W-00-22-59468;