Open Recommendations (154 total)

Biodefense: After-Action Findings and COVID-19 Response Revealed Opportunities to Strengthen Preparedness

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4 Open Recommendations
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Department of Health and Human Services The Secretary of Health and Human Services should work through the Biodefense Steering Committee to ensure that the Biodefense Coordination Team routinely monitors the results of interagency biological exercises and real-world incidents to identify patterns of challenges and potential root causes of identified challenges, and reports these to the Biodefense Steering Committee along with recommendations for addressing the root causes that also identify the responsible agencies. (Recommendation 15)
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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.
Department of Health and Human Services The Secretary of Health and Human Services should work through the Biodefense Steering Committee to ensure that the Biodefense Coordination Team establishes a process to periodically assess and communicate exercise priorities among the capabilities they identify to support nationally significant biological incidents. (Recommendation 7)
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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.
Department of Health and Human Services The Secretary of Health and Human Services should work through the Biodefense Steering Committee to ensure that the Biodefense Coordination Team provides guidance for federal and nonfederal partners for how to report on capabilities in after-action reports for exercises and real-world incidents in a consistent manner. (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.

When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Department of Health and Human Services The Secretary of Health and Human Services, should, with input from key nonfederal partners, work through the Biodefense Steering Committee to ensure that the Biodefense Coordination Team defines the set of capabilities needed to prepare for and respond to nationally significant biological incidents. (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.

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

COVID-19 Contracting: Opportunities to Improve Practices to Assess Prospective Vendors and Capture Lessons Learned

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Agency Affected Recommendation Status
Department of Health and Human Services The Secretary of Health and Human Services should ensure that, as part of the Exercise, Evaluation and After Actions Division's ongoing after-action reporting and corrective action program, contracting lessons learned in response to COVID-19 and future emergency response efforts are collected, analyzed, validated, archived, and shared to inform HHS's contracting efforts in response to ongoing and future emergencies. (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.

HHS agreed with this recommendation. As of September 2021, we are awaiting updates from the agency on the status of implementing the recommendation.
Department of Health and Human Services The Secretary of Health and Human Services should direct the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response to review and fully communicate the resources available to contracting officers for assessing prospective vendors—including resources to assess financial capability. (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.

HHS agreed with this recommendation. As of September 2021, we are awaiting updates from the agency on the status of implementing the recommendation.
Department of Health and Human Services The Secretary of Health and Human Services, in coordination with the Secretaries of Defense and Homeland Security, should ensure that input from contracting officials on interagency contracting lessons learned in response to COVID-19 is collected and shared as part of government-wide efforts to collect, analyze, and report on lessons learned. (Recommendation 9)
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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.

HHS agreed with this recommendation. As of September 2021, we are awaiting updates from the agency on the status of implementing the recommendation.
Department of Health and Human Services The Secretary of Health and Human Services should direct the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response to develop internal guidance that includes information for contracting officers related to contracting and assessing prospective vendors during emergencies. (Recommendation 2)
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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.

HHS agreed with this recommendation. As of September 2021, we are awaiting updates from the agency on the status of implementing the recommendation.

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—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.

HHS agreed with this recommendation. As of September 2021, we are awaiting updates from the agency.
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.

HHS agreed with this recommendation. As of September 2021, we are awaiting updates from the agency.