Public Health Service:

Disapproval of a Grant Application for Migrant Health Services

HRD-87-129: Published: Sep 21, 1987. Publicly Released: Oct 6, 1987.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the basis for the Public Health Service's (PHS): (1) disapproval of a grant continuation for migrant health care services in the Winchester, Virginia, area; (2) denial of the grantee's appeal; and (3) subsequent award of a grant for the same services.

GAO found that PHS disapproved the grant continuation because: (1) of the low number of seasonal and migrant workers in the area; (2) the grantee's proposed cost was excessive; (3) of concerns about the grantee's productivity; and (4) of a decreased regional funding allocation. GAO also found that: (1) a PHS review board determined that it lacked jurisdiction over the grantee's appeal; (2) PHS properly awarded a grant to another grantee for the same services; and (3) there was no evidence that PHS acted improperly.

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