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In April 2004, President Bush called for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to develop and implement a strategic plan to guide the nationwide implementation of health IT. The plan is to recommend methods to ensure the privacy of electronic health information.
The Department of Agriculture's (USDA) fiscal year 2000 performance report and fiscal year 2002 performance plan have the potential for focusing the department's missions, but these efforts are compromised in several areas.
GAO reviewed the Social Security Administration's (SSA) fiscal year 2000 performance report and fiscal year 2002 performance plan to assess SSA's progress in achieving five key outcomes important to the agency's mission.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed software change controls at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), focusing on: (1) weaknesses regarding formal policies and procedures; (2) contract oversight; and (3) background screening of personnel.
Over seven million children who have an absent parent receive assistance under the aid to families with dependent children program. Many of these children could benefit from an effective child support program.