Each month, we are pleased to share the most recent additions to the Office of Inspector General (OIG) Work Plan items. Starting in June 2017 – OIG has been updating their Work Plan monthly with any new changes to the active list. Let’s take a look at the new points from this month. 

A few topics that stood out to us for September’s OIG Work Plan are the following:

  1. Review of Opioid Use in Indian Health Service
  2. Follow Up Review of Head Start Grantee

Find the full list of Recently Added Items on OIG’s site. Did you miss a monthly OIG Work Plan update? Find all of this year’s releases by clicking here.

September’s agenda includes 2 new items from HHS OIG. Let’s walk through these updates so you can address each item within your compliance program, if applicable.

Review of Opioid Use in Indian Health Service

Opioid abuse and overdose attributed to 49,000 deaths in the U.S. in 2017. HHS OIG will be investigating and evaluating the extent to which beneficiaries are issued opioids through the Indian Health Service (IHS), as well as prescribers and pharmacies that service IHS.

The review will also be taking into account the IHS review process for assessing opioid misuse or abusive behavior as it enforces policies.

Read the full update from OIG here.

Follow Up Review of Head Start Grantee

Three centers in the Bronx, New York received a Head Start grant for their services to children and families in the community. The Administration for Children and Families has requested an audit of the non-profit from HHS OIG because of the high risk of noncompliance with federal requirements.

The review will be primarily focused on discovering more information on the grantees’ embezzled funds and related-party transactions.

Find out more information here.

Do you have any recent experience or information concerning OIG’s Work Plan updates for September? Maybe there’s a question you are urgent to ask for more insight. Let us know in the comments below!


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