Major Management Challenges and Program Risks:

Department of Health and Human Services

GAO-01-247: Published: Jan 1, 2001. Publicly Released: Jan 1, 2001.

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This report, part of GAO's performance and accountability series, discusses the major management challenges and program risks facing the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). HHS must improve its administration of the Medicare Program to ensure that it remains fiscally sustainable. GAO found that HHS must address several issues, including frequent changes in leadership and recruitment of qualified personnel. Because of Medicare's vulnerability to waste, fraud, and abuse, HHS must strengthen its internal controls for processing claims. Another key mission that GAO identified as high risk is HHS' oversight of nursing homes. Although HHS has taken significant steps towards correcting problems in the nation's nursing homes, many weaknesses persist. HHS must also ensure that manufacturers of medical products comply with safety and quality standards. Finally, HHS faces challenges in ensuring that federal funds are properly used to ensure the well being of families and children.

Below are the reports in this series:

High Risk Series: An Update GAO-01-263, Jan 1, 2001

Performance and Accountability Series:

Major Management Challenges and Program Risks: A Governmentwide Perspective GAO-01-241, Jan 1, 2001

Major Management Challenges and Program Risks: Department of Agriculture GAO-01-242, Jan 1, 2001

Major Management Challenges and Program Risks: Department of Commerce GAO-01-243, Jan 1, 2001

Major Management Challenges and Program Risks: Department of Defense GAO-01-244, Jan 1, 2001

Major Management Challenges and Program Risks: Department of Education GAO-01-245, Jan 1, 2001

Major Management Challenges and Program Risks: Department of Energy GAO-01-246, Jan 1, 2001

Major Management Challenges and Program Risks: Department of Health and Human Services GAO-01-247, Jan 1, 2001

Major Management Challenges and Program Risks: Department of Housing and Urban Development GAO-01-248, Jan 1, 2001

Major Management Challenges and Program Risks: Department of the Interior GAO-01-249, Jan 1, 2001

Major Management Challenges and Program Risks: Department of Justice GAO-01-250, Jan 1, 2001

Major Management Challenges and Program Risks: Department of Labor GAO-01-251, Jan 1, 2001

Major Management Challenges and Program Risks: Department of State GAO-01-252, Jan 1, 2001

Major Management Challenges and Program Risks: Department of Transportation GAO-01-253, Jan 1, 2001

Major Management Challenges and Program Risks: Department of the Treasury GAO-01-254, Jan 1, 2001

Major Management Challenges and Program Risks: Department of Veterans Affairs GAO-01-255, Jan 1, 2001

Major Management Challenges and Program Risks: U.S. Agency for International Development GAO-01-256, Jan 1, 2001

Major Management Challenges and Program Risks: Environmental Protection Agency GAO-01-257, Jan 1, 2001

Major Management Challenges and Program Risks: National Aeronautics and Space Administration GAO-01-258, Jan 1, 2001

Major Management Challenges and Program Risks: Nuclear Regulatory Commission GAO-01-259, Jan 1, 2001

Major Management Challenges and Program Risks: Small Business Administration GAO-01-260, Jan 1, 2001

Major Management Challenges and Program Risks: Social Security Administration GAO-01-261, Jan 1, 2001

Major Management Challenges and Program Risks: U.S. Postal Service GAO-01-262, Jan 1, 2001

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