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People from various racial and ethnic groups may experience health disparities—preventable differences in health outcomes. Discrimination, economic instability, and lack of health care access are some of the factors that can contribute to these disparities.
We make more than 1,000 recommendations annually to help improve government. We alert department heads to the recommendations that can save the most money, address issues on our High Risk List, or significantly improve their operations.
The Drug Enforcement Administration collects industry-reported data on the sale and purchase of controlled substances and prescription drugs, including opioids. The data supports DEA’s investigations into whether drugs have been diverted to the illegal marketplace.
The Veterans Health Administration is the largest single provider of medical care to HIV infected individuals in the nation. VA medical centers in 2018 provided care to over 31,000 HIV-positive veterans.
People whose disabilities keep them from working can apply for Social Security Disability Insurance. People who claim these benefits may also be on prescription opioids for chronic pain. Opioids are addictive and can be misused.
Federal agencies are increasingly using cloud computing services. Cloud computing offers benefits but also poses cybersecurity risks. OMB requires agencies to use the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program to authorize their use of cloud services.
The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010 became law on January 2, 2011, and established a World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP) to assume the functions of the World Trade Center (WTC) responder health programs beginning on July 1, 2011.
As the number of biological labs increases, so too do the safety risks for lab workers. Data on these risks--collected through a safety reporting system (SRS) from reports of hazards, incidents, and accidents--can support safety efforts.