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Administration of Family Planning Grants Awarded to Genesee Family Planning Program, Inc.

HRD-78-24: Published: Dec 13, 1977. Publicly Released: Dec 30, 1983.

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Genesee Region Family Planning Program, Inc., of Rochester, New York, is a consolidated grantee responsible for developing, organizing, administering, coordinating, and funding seven family planning projects in the Genesee area of upstate New York. Questions were raised about the administration of one of the projects, Planned Parenthood--Rochester, by the administration office (core office) of the region.

Allegations of inefficiency in administration and improper allocation of Federal funds by the core office were inaccurate. The office allocated funds to the seven participating projects equitably. The Genesee Region was in general compliance with the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare's (HEW) family planning program regulations and has made services available to its seven projects in accordance with its plan of operations presented to HEW. Administrative costs incurred by the Genesee Region exceeded HEW guidelines, but other family planning projects in the HEW region also exceeded the guidelines. Although no serious administrative inefficiencies were found, questions were raised about the effectiveness of the Genesee Region in providing services. Cooperation between the projects and the core office was found to be inadequate. Although HEW has encouraged consolidating family planning projects and single grant awards, it has not established guidelines for management or an adequate system for monitoring the grants.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed

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

    Recommendation: The Secretary of HEW should direct that the Regional Health Administrator require the projects and the core office which make up the Genesee Region to reevaluate the core office's role and to assist such projects by designing administrative guidelines and improving HEW review of applications for consolidated family planning program grants and monitoring of activities carried out under such grants.

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