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Boustany, Coburn Question HHS Audit Revealing Mishandled Taxpayer Dollars
Washington, DC – Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Charles Boustany (R-LA) and Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius late Thursday afternoon, expressing a wide range of concerns regarding the findings of an independent audit of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) conducted by Ernst & Young. The audit, which was contracted through the HHS Office of the Inspector General, examined the FY 2010 financial statements of the Department. The results of the audit revealed that taxpayer dollars were mishandled on numerous occasions and in the following ways:
The Ernst & Young audit, which was completed at the end of FY 2010, also included a number of recommendations that would move the Department into fuller compliance with its obligations. Boustany and Coburn requested that the Department’s detailed corrective action plan and an update of any corrective actions that have taken place since the audit was issued by Thursday, March 31, 2011.
 Id. at II-38, 39.
 Id. at II-23.