What GAO Discovered
The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2022 appropriated about $1.3 billion to the Division of Well being and Human Companies (HHS) for 901 initiatives on the request of Members of Congress. The act contains particular provisions that designate an quantity of funds for a specific recipient to make use of for a selected mission. These provisions are known as “Congressionally Directed Spending” within the U.S. Senate and “Neighborhood Undertaking Funding” within the Home of Representatives.
GAO described, amongst different issues, details about the meant makes use of for these funds, the recipients to whom they have been designated, and when HHS expects recipients can have entry to the funds:
The meant makes use of of those funds are to help all kinds of initiatives, together with upgrading well being amenities, supporting psychological and behavioral well being packages, bettering water and sanitation infrastructure, and supporting packages to scale back household poverty.
The designated recipients of those funds are principally increased schooling and different nonprofit organizations. The remaining recipients are tribal, state, territorial, and native governments. Funding ranged from $15,000 to $76 million.
HHS plans to obligate all the funds to recipients by the top of September 2022 and the period of time recipients should spend the funds will range by HHS company.
Why GAO Did This Examine
The joint explanatory assertion accompanying the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2022 features a provision for GAO to assessment businesses’ implementation of Neighborhood Undertaking Funding/Congressionally Directed Spending.
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