Identifying Fraud, Abuse and Waste
Did you know that the Department of Health and Human Services is the largest grant-making organization in the Federal Government?
In fiscal year 2011 alone, Health and Human Services awarded over 82,000 grants totaling approximately $385 billion. The programs funded by these grants and the services that they provide affect the lives of nearly every American. However, without proper controls in place to ensure the appropriate use of funds and sufficient oversight of grantees, these vital programs are at risk. Therefore, grants management and oversight is crucial to both the Health and Human Services mission and the health and well-being of the public.
On Monday, Office of Inspector General Special Agent David Mehring presented a training session on Grant Fraud to our staff. The training was one of our most well attended sessions of the year. Agent Mehring not only used this time to help us identify and address possible fraud, abuse and waste of grantee funds and contracts but to also build a stronger relationship between our office and the Office of the Inspector General so that we are encouraged to make referrals.
With our help the Office of the Inspector General can build on its extensive body of work in the area of fraud, abuse, and waste with audits, investigations, and evaluations.