Ways the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare Can Increase Benefits From Auditing

HRD-77-11: Published: Oct 25, 1977. Publicly Released: Oct 25, 1977.

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The Office of the Inspector General in the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (HEW) conducts and supervises audits and investigations of HEW programs and operations to promote economy and efficiency and to prevent and detect fraud and abuse. The HEW Audit Agency and is now a component of the Office.

Because the Audit Agency's workload has exceeded its staff, subjects for audit should be selected that will produce the best results with available resources. A method developed by GAO for showing which reasons for beginning audits produced better results could be valuable in the planning and selection process. Audit Agency findings are often classified as resolved although information is incomplete or unverified. The need for reliable data on the status of corrective actions is particularly important because of new legal reporting requirements.

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