Major Management Challenges and Program Risks:

Department of Health and Human Services

OCG-99-7: Published: Jan 1, 1999. Publicly Released: Jan 1, 1999.

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As part of its Performance and Accountability Series, GAO provided information on the major management challenges and program risks facing the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

GAO noted that: (1) coordinating the efforts of the numerous administrators of HHS' programs, including its 11 agencies and state and local governments, is critical to ensuring program efficiency and effectiveness; (2) HHS must also coordinate with a number of other federal, state, and local agencies that have programs with similar goals; (3) while HHS recognizes this need, it has not delineated how it plans to ensure effective program coordination; (4) HHS does not have access to the data needed to effectively manage the Department's extensive health insurance programs, grant-making activities, and regulatory responsibilities; (5) developing and maintaining systems to ensure access to such data, however, is challenging since many important HHS programs are administered by program partners, such as state and local governments; (6) yet, without these systems, HHS cannot adequately oversee its programs; (7) maintaining the integrity of HHS' large programs, especially Medicare, continues to be a challenge; (8) although legislation has been enacted in the past 2 years to bolster the Health Care Financing Administration's (HCFA) oversight capacity, initiatives to curb fraud, waste, abuse, and mismanagement have been slow to develop; (9) HHS' Office of the Inspector General reported that HHS and its operating divisions do not have a fully functional integrated financial reporting system capable of producing complete and reliable financial statements in a timely manner; (10) as required by the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993, HHS submitted to Congress a strategic plan for fiscal years 1998-2003; and (11) while this 5-year plan and the Department's 1999 performance plan provide general information about how HHS intends to address these challenges, HHS needs to do more to ensure that its programs achieve intended results and that it is an effective steward of taxpayer dollars.

Below are the reports in this series:

High-Risk Series: An Update HR-99-1, Jan 1, 1999

Performance and Accountability Series:

Major Management Challenges and Risks: An Executive Summary OCG-99-ES, Feb 1, 1999

Major Management Challenges and Risks: A Governmentwide Perspective OCG-99-1, Jan 1, 1999

Major Management Challenges and Risks: Department of Agriculture OCG-99-2, Jan 1, 1999

Major Management Challenges and Risks: Department of Commerce OCG-99-3, Jan 1, 1999

Major Management Challenges and Risks: Department of Defense OCG-99-4, Jan 1, 1999

Major Management Challenges and Risks: Department of Education OCG-99-5, Jan 1, 1999

Major Management Challenges and Risks: Department of Energy OCG-99-6, Jan 1, 1999

Major Management Challenges and Risks: Department of Health and Human Services OCG-99-7, Jan 1, 1999

Major Management Challenges and Risks: Department of Housing and Urban Development OCG-99-8, Jan 1, 1999

Major Management Challenges and Risks: Department of the Interior OCG-99-9, Jan 1, 1999

Major Management Challenges and Risks: Department of Justice OCG-99-10, Jan 1, 1999

Major Management Challenges and Risks: Department of Labor OCG-99-11, Jan 1, 1999

Major Management Challenges and Risks: Department of State OCG-99-12, Jan 1, 1999

Major Management Challenges and Risks: Department of Transportation OCG-99-13, Jan 1, 1999

Major Management Challenges and Risks: Department of the Treasury OCG-99-14, Jan 1, 1999

Major Management Challenges and Risks: Department of Veterans Affairs OCG-99-15, Jan 1, 1999

Major Management Challenges and Risks: Agency for International Development OCG-99-16, Jan 1, 1999

Major Management Challenges and Risks: Environmental Protection Agency OCG-99-17, Jan 1, 1999

Major Management Challenges and Risks: National Aeronautics and Space Administration OCG-99-18, Jan 1, 1999

Major Management Challenges and Risks: Nuclear Regulatory Commission OCG-99-19, Jan 1, 1999

Major Management Challenges and Risks: Social Security Administration OCG-99-20, Jan 1, 1999

Major Management Challenges and Program Risks: U.S. Postal Service OCG-99-21, Jan 1, 1999

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