Problems in Administration of Family Planning Programs in Region VIII

HRD-77-42: Published: Feb 28, 1977. Publicly Released: Feb 28, 1977.

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An investigation was conducted as to whether HEW Region VIII discouraged family planning or placed less emphasis on family planning than on other HEW programs. Other problems experienced by the region's family planning program were considered, including inaccurate information forwarded to grantees about abortion, grantee funding reductions, and the discontinuation of the region's family planning training contract.

Region VIII's fiscal year 1976 funding, staffing, and visits to grantees did not indicate a decrease from fiscal year 1975 in the effort or emphasis the region placed on family planning. During fiscal year 1976, the region made several changes in program management; the region's grantees reacted negatively to these changes, and a strained relationship developed between the family planning staff and grantees. The awarding of grants in Wyoming and South Dakota was poorly administered. Administration of program funds, including notifications of budget cuts and grant awards, was not always timely. The region did not anticipate the restoration of previously reduced funds or plan for utilization of these funds. Incorrect information about abortion was disseminated by regional family planning officials. Bidding procedures for a 1977 family planning contract violated contract regulations, and alleged biases in the evaluation of proposals resulted in the cancellation of contract bidding.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed

    Comments: Please call 202/512-6100 for additional information.

    Recommendation: The Regional Health Administrator should develop a specific plan of action that will: open lines of communication and foster good grantor-grantee working relationships; improve the contract award procedures to prevent future conflicts with contract regulations; improve the management of family planning funds; and improve communication and coordination with the Bureau of Community Health Services.

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