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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on a firm's Cuban entrant program, focusing on: (1) the amount and sources of federal funds it received; (2) how it spent the federal funds; (3) the propriety of its paying for leases with federal funds; and (4) how the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) carried out its administrative responsibilities.

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Recommendations for Executive Action

Agency Affected Recommendation Status
Department of Health and Human Services 1. The Secretary of Health and Human Services should direct Public Health Service (PHS) grants management and program officials to: (1) evaluate NIMH procedures, activities, and records relating to VisionQuest's cooperative agreements; and (2) obtain and develop needed documentation to bring NIMH official files into compliance with PHS policies.
Closed - Implemented
The Executive Officer, ADAMHA, and PHS completed a comprehensive review of the NIMH Grants Management Office in April 1990. The final report included several findings and recommendations to improve operations to ensure the integrity of the grants management process at NIMH.
Department of Health and Human Services 2. The Secretary of Health and Human Services should direct PHS grants management and program officials to review NIMH administration of all cooperative agreements for community-based treatment of Cuban entrants to determine whether NIMH carried out its responsibilities in compliance with PHS policies.
Closed - Implemented
PHS reviewed NIMH active and closed community-based treatment projects for Cuban entrants and found deficiencies similar to those GAO found at VisionQuest. The Executive Officer, ADAMHA, and PHS completed a comprehensive review of the NIMH Grants Management Office. The final report included several recommendations to improve operations to ensure the integrity of the grants processed at NIMH.

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