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Drug Misuse: Agencies Have Not Fully Identified How Grants That Can Support Drug Prevention Education Programs Contribute to National Goals

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1 Open Recommendations
Agency Recommendation Status
Office of National Drug Control Policy The Director of ONDCP should report performance measures for the Drug-Free Communities Support program and clarify how those measures are being used to assess the program's contributions to achieving specific goals of the National Drug Control Strategy, in the relevant Strategy documents. (Recommendation 4)
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ONDCP agreed with this recommendation. In August 2021, ONDCP said it was in the process of developing performance measures for the Drug-Free Communities Support program that can be used to assess the program's contributions to future iterations of the National Drug Control Strategy. ONDCP expects to include these performance measures in the National Drug Control Assessment. As of August 2022, ONDCP said it will not issue its National Drug Control Assessment until February 2023. We will consider closing this recommendation when ONDCP reports the performance measures and clarifies how they are

Information Management: Selected Agencies Need to Fully Address Federal Electronic Recordkeeping Requirements

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3 Open Recommendations
Agency Recommendation Status
Office of National Drug Control Policy The Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy should establish a time frame to develop an inventory of electronic information systems used to store agency records that includes all of the required elements. (Recommendation 27)
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The Office of the National Drug Control Policy did not state whether or not it concurred with this recommendation. As of March 2022, we had not received information pertaining to planned actions for this recommendation. Once the office states that it has taken action, we plan to verify whether implementation has occurred.

Office of National Drug Control Policy The Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy should establish a time frame to ensure, in conjunction with the Office of Administration, that policies and procedures include the (1) following records management controls required for electronic information systems: reliability, context, and structure; and (2) required preservation mechanisms to ensure that records in its electronic recordkeeping system will be retrievable and useable. (Recommendation 28)
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The Office of the National Drug Control Policy did not state whether or not it concurred with this recommendation. As of March 2022, we had not received information pertaining to planned actions for this recommendation. Once the office states that it has taken action, we plan to verify whether implementation has occurred.

Office of National Drug Control Policy The Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy should ensure, in conjunction with the Office of Administration, that existing policies and procedures include the required retention and management requirements for email. (Recommendation 29)
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The Office of the National Drug Control Policy did not state whether or not it concurred with this recommendation. As of March 2022, we had not received information pertaining to planned actions for this recommendation. Once the office states that it has taken action, we plan to verify whether implementation has occurred.

Drug Control: The Office of National Drug Control Policy Should Develop Key Planning Elements to Meet Statutory Requirements

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3 Open Recommendations
Agency Recommendation Status
Office of National Drug Control Policy The Director of ONDCP should—after developing and documenting key planning elements to meet the SUPPORT Act requirements—routinely implement an approach, based on these planning elements, to meet the requirements for the 2020 National Drug Control Strategy and future Strategy iterations. (Recommendation 2)
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In June 2021, ONDCP officials provided documentation of internal guidance that includes key planning elements, as discussed in our update to recommendation 1. In order to address this recommendation, ONDCP will need to use this internal guidance to develop future iterations of the National Drug Control Strategy. In April 2022, ONDCP released its 2022 National Drug Control Strategy. Additional related documents that address all statutory requirements are still forthcoming. Once these documents are released, GAO will assess the extent to which they meet all statutory requirements.

Office of National Drug Control Policy The Director of ONDCP should develop and document key planning elements to help the agency meet the SUPPORT Act requirements to establish a Drug Control Data Dashboard that would include descriptions of resource investments, time frames, and any processes, policies, or roles, and responsibilities needed to address this requirement. (Recommendation 3)
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ONDCP provided some information on August 17, 2020 regarding the steps it has taken, and we are awaiting additional documentation for this recommendation. For example, according to ONDCP officials, ONDCP updated the Drug Control Data Dashboard in February 2020 to include enhanced functionality and improved searches. In June 2022, ONDCP officials stated they are in the process of finalizing a directive that addresses planning elements related to the Drug Control Data Dashboard. They expect this directive to be finalized Fall 2022.

Office of National Drug Control Policy The Director of ONDCP should—after developing and documenting key planning elements—implement an approach, based on these planning elements, to meet the SUPPORT Act requirements to establish a Drug Control Data Dashboard. (Recommendation 4)
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ONDCP provided some information on August 17, 2020 regarding the steps it has taken, and we are awaiting additional documentation for this recommendation. For example, according to ONDCP officials, ONDCP updated the Drug Control Data Dashboard in February 2020 to include enhanced functionality and improved searches. In June 2022, ONDCP officials stated they are in the process of finalizing the directive that addresses planning elements related to the Drug Control Data Dashboard. They expect this directive to be finalized Fall 2022.

Illicit Opioids: While Greater Attention Given to Combating Synthetic Opioids, Agencies Need to Better Assess their Efforts

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1 Open Recommendations
Agency Recommendation Status
Office of National Drug Control Policy The Director of ONDCP, in collaboration with law enforcement and public health counterparts, should lead a review on ways to improve the timeliness, accuracy, and accessibility of fatal and non-fatal overdose data from law enforcement and public health sources that provide critical information to understand and respond to the opioid epidemic. Such a review should expand on and leverage the findings from previous federal studies. It should also assess the benefits and scalability of ongoing efforts to leverage data systems, such as the Washington-Baltimore High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas' (HIDTA) OD MAP program, and examine ways in which laws that restrict access to public health data to protect patient privacy have exemptions for law enforcement entities that could be more widely leveraged while protecting patient privacy. (Recommendation 2)
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In the 60-day letter, dated June 28, 2018, ONDCP officials noted a number of federal initiatives underway to evaluate the timeliness, accuracy, and accessibility of overdose data. For example, ONDCP discussed its participation in a new Interagency Working Group led by the National Security Council to consider the implementation of overdose tracking and analytic capability, such as the expansion of ODMAP, as well as evaluating the appropriate federal role to engage in this initiative. In March 2019, ONDCP reported that it had suspended its ODMAP working group in the summer of 2018, after

Prescription Pain Reliever Abuse: Agencies Have Begun Coordinating Education Efforts, but Need to Assess Effectiveness

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3 Open Recommendations
Agency Recommendation Status
Office of National Drug Control Policy In order to ensure that federal efforts to prevent the abuse and misuse of prescription pain relievers are an effective and efficient use of limited government resources, the Director of ONDCP should establish outcome metrics and identify resources for conducting outcome evaluations for the national education campaigns about prescription drug abuse and safe storage and disposal proposed in the Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Plan.
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We requested an update from ONDCP on the status of its efforts to implement this recommendation. As of August, 2018, we have not received a response. We will update the status of this recommendation when we receive additional information.

Office of National Drug Control Policy In order to ensure that federal efforts to prevent the abuse and misuse of prescription pain relievers are an effective and efficient use of limited government resources, the Director of ONDCP should develop and implement a plan to evaluate outcomes from the proposed national education campaigns.
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We requested an update from ONDCP on the status of its efforts to implement this recommendation. As of August, 2018, we have not received a response. We will update the status of this recommendation when we receive additional information.

Office of National Drug Control Policy In order to ensure that federal efforts to prevent the abuse and misuse of prescription pain relievers are an effective and efficient use of limited government resources, the Director of ONDCP should ensure that federal agencies undertaking similar educational efforts leverage available resources and use coordination mechanisms to share information on the development of their efforts.
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We requested an update from ONDCP on the status of its efforts to implement this recommendation. As of August, 2018, we have not received a response. We will update the status of this recommendation when we receive additional information.

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