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Centers for Disease Control Staffing for AIDS and Other Programs

HRD-89-65: Published: Apr 27, 1989. Publicly Released: Jun 2, 1989.

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In response to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Centers for Disease Control's (CDC) staff reallocation to support acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) activities, and the impact of reallocation on other CDC public health programs.

GAO found that: (1) CDC allocated about 416 staff years for AIDS activities for fiscal year (FY) 1988, of which about 251 were diverted from other programs; (2) CDC estimated that it actually used about 489 staff years for AIDS activities in 1988; (3) between 1981 and 1988, CDC staff years for other programs decreased by about 1,250, while it increased its staffing for AIDS activities; (4) CDC did not track staff years by program activity, and could not accurately verify the actual time its staff spent on programs or activities; and (5) CDC believed that its staff reallocation did not impact other program or activities.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: CDC concurred with the this recommendation. An improved time and attendance system was implemented in FY 1990.

    Recommendation: The Director, CDC, should devise a system to keep track of employees' actual time spent on each program or activity.

    Agency Affected: Department of Health and Human Services: Public Health Service: Centers for Disease Control


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