NIH Contract Closeout Process
As one of the largest contracting agencies in the Federal Government, HHS performed contracting actions (i.e., awards and modifications) totaling almost $39 billion in FY 2022. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) was responsible for $8.5 billion, or approximately 22 percent, of HHS contracting actions in FY 2022. NIH invests approximately $41.7 billion annually in medical research and is the largest Federal funding source for health research and development. Prior OIG work identified issues with the HHS contract closeout processes and procedures that are required once a contracting officer receives evidence of completion of the contract. The closeout process: (1) ensures that goods and services were provided as intended, (2) validates final costs and payments, and (3) frees up excess funds for possible use elsewhere. We will determine whether NIH closed contracts according to Federal regulations and HHS policies and procedures.
|Announced or Revised||Agency||Title||Component||Report Number(s)||Expected Issue Date (FY)|
|June 2023||National Institutes of Health||NIH Contract Closeout Process||Office of Audit Services||WA-23-0015 (W-00-23-59478)||2024|