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Audit of HHS Program Support Center's Process for Disbursing Grant Payments

The Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS's) Program Support Center (PSC) administers one of the most widely utilized grants payment systems in the Federal government. Payment Management Services, a component of PSC, provides grant and grant-like payments, cash management, and grant accounting support services to HHS and other Federal departments and agencies. Payment Management Services is responsible for the development, operation, and maintenance of the Payment Management System (PMS) and processes more than 70% of civilian grant payments made by the Federal government. The PMS expedites the flow of grant payments between the Federal government and grant recipients, provides grant recipient payment and expenditure data to awarding agencies, and helps manage cash advances to grant recipients. With significant surges in attacks against governmental systems including e-mail phishing campaigns, it is essential that effective controls are established to prevent fraud and protect personally identifiable information (PII) from unauthorized access. OIG will gather information and conduct reviews of PSC and Payment Management Services relevant policies, procedures, and cybersecurity controls to determine whether the PMS was designed and operating with effective controls.

Announced or Revised Agency Title Component Report Number(s) Expected Issue Date (FY)
February 2024 OS Audit of HHS Program Support Center's Process for Disbursing Grant Payments Office of Audit Services WA-24-0033 (W-00-24-42046) 2025