A health department office in Arlington, Virginia, is seeking more than $7 million to build an innovative and innovative prevention effort focused on “fierce and comprehensive prevention,” according to a report by the Office of the Inspector General.
The office, headed by Assistant Secretary of Health John C. O’Sullivan, is asking for a $15 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and a $20 million grant by the U,S.
Agency for International Development (USAID).
The $7.6 million in funding is part of the $17.2 million in grants the HHS has awarded to state and local agencies to implement its efforts to reduce health disparities.
The Office of Inspector General also issued a report in January 2016 on how the federal government has “overstated” the importance of reducing disparities in health, which the agency found was in keeping with its stated goals.
In its report, the office found that the UHS and USAID were not only overstated their funding requests, but also that they were not properly reporting to Congress the amount of funding they were requesting and why.
The report noted that USAID’s annual report to Congress stated that, “USAID’s funding to state, local, tribal, and tribal-related organizations for health care prevention and wellness initiatives is currently under $5 billion,” yet the report noted the “federal government has not provided Congress with information on the amounts of funding that are allocated to such programs.”
The report also noted that in 2015, USAID had $5.5 billion to spend on its “farsighted” $1.2 billion “Prevention and Health Promotion” program, but according to the Inspector Generals Office, that money was not spent in its stated budget year, which was 2016.
“Despite repeated requests by Congress, the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) failed to provide Congress with any information regarding its funding allocation, reporting requirements, and funding allocation priorities,” the report stated.