Open Recommendations (157 total)

COVID-19 Contracting: Actions Needed to Enhance Transparency and Oversight of Selected Awards

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Department of Health and Human Services The Secretary of Health and Human Services should direct the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response to update the Department of Health and Human Services' other transaction agreement guidance to include what agreement officers should consider when planning to use a consortium management firm to support acquisition-related activities, such as assessing the extent to which a consortium management firm is closely supporting inherently governmental functions and, for firms that do so, what enhanced management oversight activities are appropriate, if any. (Recommendation 14)
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Actions to satisfy the intent of the recommendation have not been taken or are being planned, or actions that partially satisfy the intent of the recommendation have been taken.

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Department of Health and Human Services The Secretary of Health and Human Services—in coordination with the change control board governing the Integrated Award Environment—should consider prioritizing the development and implementation of a systematic approach to track the consortium members performing for each other transaction agreement awarded through a consortium or consortium management firm. (Recommendation 8)
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Actions to satisfy the intent of the recommendation have not been taken or are being planned, or actions that partially satisfy the intent of the recommendation have been taken.

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Department of Health and Human Services Until a systematic approach to track consortium members for other transaction agreements awarded through a consortium or consortium management firm is implemented, the Secretary of Health and Human Services should direct the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response to provide information to the public and congressional decision makers on the consortium members performing on each other transaction agreement awarded through a consortium or consortium management firm, such as by including this information in the description of requirement field in the other transaction agreement module of the Federal Procurement Data System-Next Generation. (Recommendation 11)
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Actions to satisfy the intent of the recommendation have not been taken or are being planned, or actions that partially satisfy the intent of the recommendation have been taken.

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Department of Health and Human Services The Secretary of Health and Human Services—in coordination with the change control board governing the Integrated Award Environment—should consider prioritizing the development and implementation of a systematic approach to consistently and accurately track other transaction agreements used for national interest events and the associated dollars obligated. (Recommendation 3)
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Actions to satisfy the intent of the recommendation have not been taken or are being planned, or actions that partially satisfy the intent of the recommendation have been taken.

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COVID-19: Continued Attention Needed to Enhance Federal Preparedness, Response, Service Delivery, and Program Integrity

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Department of Health and Human Services To communicate information about and facilitate oversight of the agency's use of COVID-19 relief funds, the Secretary of Health and Human Services should provide projected time frames for the planned spending of COVID-19 relief funds in the Department of Health and Human Services' spend plans submitted to Congress. See the HHS COVID-19 Funding enclosure. (Recommendation 6)
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Actions to satisfy the intent of the recommendation have not been taken or are being planned, or actions that partially satisfy the intent of the recommendation have been taken.

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Small Business Innovation Research: Agencies Need to Fully Implement Requirements for Managing Fraud, Waste, and Abuse

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Department of Health and Human Services The Secretary of Health and Human Services should ensure that the National Institutes of Health's SBIR/STTR program collects the required certifications from new SBIR and STTR awardees, beginning in future funding opportunity announcements, without material differences from the language in the SBIR/STTR Policy Directive. (Recommendation 14)
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Actions to satisfy the intent of the recommendation have not been taken or are being planned, or actions that partially satisfy the intent of the recommendation have been taken.

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Cybersecurity: HHS Defined Roles and Responsibilities, but Can Further Improve Collaboration

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Department of Health and Human Services The Secretary of HHS should direct the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response to monitor, evaluate, and report on the progress and performance of the Government Coordinating Council's Cybersecurity Working Group and HHS Cybersecurity Working Group. (Recommendation 3)
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Actions to satisfy the intent of the recommendation have not been taken or are being planned, or actions that partially satisfy the intent of the recommendation have been taken.

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Department of Health and Human Services The Secretary of HHS should direct the Chief Information Officer to coordinate cybersecurity information sharing between the Health Sector Cybersecurity Coordination Center and Healthcare Threat Operations Center. (Recommendation 1)
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Actions to satisfy the intent of the recommendation have not been taken or are being planned, or actions that partially satisfy the intent of the recommendation have been taken.

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Department of Health and Human Services The Secretary of HHS should direct the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response to (1) finalize written agreements that include a description of how the Government Coordinating Council's Cybersecurity Working Group will collaborate, (2) identify the roles and responsibilities of the working group, (3) monitor and update the written agreements on a regular basis, and (4) ensure that authorizing officials leading the working group approve the finalized agreements. (Recommendation 6)
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Actions to satisfy the intent of the recommendation have not been taken or are being planned, or actions that partially satisfy the intent of the recommendation have been taken.

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Department of Health and Human Services The Secretary of HHS should direct the Chief Information Officer to regularly monitor and update written agreements describing how the HHS Chief Information Security Officer Council, Continuous Monitoring and Risk Scoring Working Group, and Cloud Security Working Group will facilitate collaboration, and ensure that authorizing officials review and approve the updated agreements. (Recommendation 4)
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Actions to satisfy the intent of the recommendation have not been taken or are being planned, or actions that partially satisfy the intent of the recommendation have been taken.

When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.