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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the latest available version of the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) April 1997 draft strategic plan, focusing on: (1) the plan's response to the Results Act's six requirements and the strengths and weaknesses of the plan's elements; (2) whether the plan covers the agency's key statutory authorities; (3) whether any agency programs, activities, or functions are crosscutting, that is, similar to or related to goals, activities, or functions of other agencies, and the extent to which the strategic plan reflects interagency coordination; (4) if the draft plan addresses major management problems; and (5) the agency's capacity to provide reliable information about performance.

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