OIG 2014 Work Plan Delayed Until 2014

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (OIG) has recently announced its plans to release its next work plan in January 2014. This change from the usual October release will better align with priorities OIG has set for the coming year, according to the agency. As you recall, each year the OIG releases a work plan setting forth the various projects to be addressed during the FY by the Office of Audit Services, Office of Evaluation and Inspections, Office of Investigations and Office of Counsel to the Inspector General. 

The work plan includes projects planned in each of HHS department’s major entities including the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS); the public health agencies; the Administrations for Children & Families and Administration on Aging. Information also is provided on projects related to issues that cut across departmental programs, including state and local government use of federal funds, as well as the functional areas of the Office of the HHS Secretary. 

Some of the projects described in the work plan are statutorily required, such as the audit of OIG’s financial statements, which is mandated by the Government Management Reform Act.