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This report updates our oversight of federal actions to support public health, individuals, and the economy during the COVID-19 pandemic. Findings include:
There have been shortages of personal protective equipment and testing supplies because very few of them are made in the U.S.
The catastrophic destruction caused by Hurricanes Irma and Maria overwhelmed the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rican governments and resulted in a large federal disaster response.
The Department of Health and Human Services led federal public health and medical services efforts.
What GAO Found The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) established criteria for the five grant programs covered by GAO's review that varied by program, but GAO found that CMHS did not document its application of criteria for about...
What GAO FoundThe Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) regulations, supplemented by HHS guidance, require states and American Health Benefit Exchanges (exchanges) to carry out a number of key functions, for which state responsibilities...
What GAO FoundGAO's prior work has identified a number of lessons from federal responses to seasonal influenza vaccine shortages and the 2009 H1N1 pandemic that carry implications for future influenza seasons or another influenza pandemic.
What GAO FoundThe Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) revised its New Access Point (NAP) competitive award process in fiscal year 2011 to increase the emphasis on the need for services in the applicants proposed service area, and on the...
What GAO FoundThe Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) relies on three main methods to oversee grantees compliance with the 19 key program requirements.Annual compliance reviews.