Pursuant to congressional requests, GAO investigated the Office of Substance Abuse Prevention's (OSAP) alleged lobbying activities, focusing on: (1) whether OSAP or its grantees used appropriated funds to lobby Congress; and (2) alleged OSAP involvement in attempts to terminate the GAO investigation.
Recommendations for Executive Action
|Department of Health and Human Services||1. OSAP should recover improperly used grant funds from the grantee that organized the Alcohol Policy VIII conference.|
|Department of Health and Human Services||2. OSAP should ensure that grantees agree not to use grant funds for grass roots lobbying.|
|Department of Health and Human Services||3. OSAP should take steps to avoid being associated with grass roots lobbying by grantees.|
|Department of Health and Human Services||4. OSAP should avoid the explicit mention in its publications of grass roots lobbying.|
|Department of Health and Human Services||5. HHS should advise participants in government-sponsored conferences that such a conference is not an appropriate forum for grass-roots lobbying.|