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Autism Research and Support Services: Federal Interagency Coordination and Monitoring Efforts Could Be Further Strengthened

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Department of Health and Human Services The Secretary of Health and Human Services should ensure that NIH documents the procedures the Office of National Autism Coordination uses, in its support of the IACC and the National Autism Coordinator, to help ensure federal autism activities are not unnecessarily duplicative. Such documentation should describe the roles and responsibilities of different entities, sources of information used, the time frames for conducting analyses, and how outcomes will be reported. (Recommendation 2)
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HHS agreed with GAO's recommendation. We will update the status of this recommendation when HHS provides its 180 day letter (expected in summer 2024).

Autism Research and Support Services: Federal Interagency Coordination and Monitoring Efforts Could Be Further Strengthened

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Department of Health and Human Services The Secretary of Health and Human Services should establish a process for clearly tracking and reporting progress made toward goals established by the IACC for federal autism activities, coordinating with federal partners as appropriate. Such progress tracking should describe where performance is lagging, and why desired results were not achieved, if any. (Recommendation 1)
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HHS agreed with GAO's recommendation. We will update the status of this recommendation when HHS provides its 180 day letter (expected in summer 2024).

Head Start: Opportunities Exist to Better Align Resources with Child Poverty

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Department of Health and Human Services The Secretary of Health and Human Services should direct OHS to use the data it already collects to assess relative rates of access to Head Start services and to help identify areas where additional services may be needed. (Recommendation 2)
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HHS agreed with this recommendation. OHS said it would explore methods to use data it already collects to help identify areas where additional services may be needed. OSH noted it is committed to using data it already collects to identify communities and geographical areas where additional services may be warranted. This includes data on the geographic location of existing Head Start service locations and the number of Head Start and Early Head Start funded slots at these locations. We will monitor the progress of these efforts.

Head Start: Opportunities Exist to Better Align Resources with Child Poverty

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Department of Health and Human Services The Secretary of Health and Human Services should direct OHS to use its existing grant-making authority to consider the geographic distribution of Head Start resources across communities when awarding competitive grants. (Recommendation 1)
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HHS agreed with this recommendation. OHS said it would explore methods to include geographic distribution of existing Head Start services and available measures of need to be considered in the grant award process, within the constraints of its statutory authority. For example, due to statutory provisions governing the distribution of Head Start funds, the agency's authority to distribute funds and award grants is limited by the amount of funding available and the need to ensure that grants stay within the service area and maintain stable funding within states. We will monitor the progress of OHS's efforts to address this recommendation.

Maternal Health: HHS Should Improve Assessment of Efforts to Address Worsening Outcomes

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Department of Health and Human Services The Secretary of Health and Human Services should ensure that the Office on Women's Health and Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation performance strategy includes key performance management practices—including near-term goals with quantitative targets and time frames to define intended results and associated performance measures for the near-term goals—to assess the performance of HHS's maternal health efforts against the Maternal Health Blueprint's goals. (Recommendation 1)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Maternal Health: HHS Should Improve Assessment of Efforts to Address Worsening Outcomes

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Department of Health and Human Services The Director of CDC should ensure that the Perinatal Quality Collaborative program establishes quantitative targets for its near-term goals to provide a basis for comparing planned and actual results. (Recommendation 2)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Critical Infrastructure Protection: Agencies Need to Enhance Oversight of Ransomware Practices and Assess Federal Support

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Department of Health and Human Services The Secretary of Health and Human Services should, in coordination with CISA and sector entities, determine the extent to which the healthcare and public health sector is adopting leading cybersecurity practices that help reduce the sector's risk of ransomware. (Recommendation 3)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Critical Infrastructure Protection: Agencies Need to Enhance Oversight of Ransomware Practices and Assess Federal Support

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Department of Health and Human Services The Secretary of Health and Human Services should, in coordination with CISA and sector entities, develop and implement routine evaluation procedures that measure the effectiveness of federal support in helping reduce the risk of ransomware to the healthcare and public health sector. (Recommendation 4)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Grants Management: Action Needed to Ensure Consistency and Usefulness of New Data Standards

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Department of Health and Human Services The Secretary of HHS, in consultation with the Director of OMB, should ensure the grant data standards are consistent with the definition of machine-readable by appropriately incorporating technical specifications. (Recommendation 1)
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HHS agreed with this recommendation. When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Grants Management: Action Needed to Ensure Consistency and Usefulness of New Data Standards

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Department of Health and Human Services The Secretary of HHS, in consultation with the Director of OMB, should review and revise as necessary the Version 2.0 grant data elements based on leading practices for the formulation of data definitions. (Recommendation 2)
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HHS agreed with this recommendation. When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.