Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Get ready for ObamaCare: Independent auditor finds $10 billion in HHS discrepancies

ObamaCare is set to take effect in 2014. Overseeing the program will be the Health and Human Services Department.

Here's another reason to worry: an independent auditor discovered discrepancies of nearly $10 billion between last year's HHS financial statement and an audit by a major accounting firm.

From PolicoPro--paid subscription required:
In a letter sent Monday, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) and Rep. Charles Boustany (R-La.), ask Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to tighten oversight of taxpayer dollars that flow in and out of the agency, including a $500 million difference between its internal accounting and the Treasury's records, and an $866 million difference in divisional budget reports.

The list of discrepancies found in the annual audit conducted by Ernst & Young include: $1.8 billion in transactions that await close-out; $2.6 billion owed to its employer-based retiree drug plans; and $3.8 billion owed to Medicare from its coverage gap discount.

"It is unacceptable that HHS fails to maintain accurate financial records and fails to adhere to federal law designed to protect taxpayer dollars from mismanagement and waste," the letter states.

In November, auditors for Ernst & Young recommended that HHS strengthen "manual and other internal controls to ensure that errors and irregularities are detected in a timely manner."
Coburn and Boustanay's letter includes a list of questions for Sebelius--they want replies by March 15.

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Bobo from Texas said...

More of the Hope&Change! that you voted for.

Getting pretty expensive, isn't it?

Mean Granny said...


Lance said...

What's the solution? HHS hiring more overpriced bean-counters? No thanks.

If HHS isn't capable of managing its budget with existing staff, it's time to cut the budget.

Anonymous said...

And people think that 0bama will not have over a billion dollars to attack republicans this year.