OIG issued its Semiannual Report to Congress summarizing the activities of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of Inspector General (OIG), for the 6-month period ending on March 31, 2020.
The OIG noted that during this reporting period, there were 443 criminal actions, 370 civil actions, 903 exclusions, and an expected $1.51 billion in investigative recoveries and $605.2 million in expected audit recoveries.
Of particular import to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Principal Deputy Inspector General noted that OIG will diligently investigate fraud related to the public health emergency:
OIG is investigating and holding accountable those who would exploit the emergency to defraud the public and HHS programs, including through fraudulent marketing schemes for COVID-19 tests, identity theft, and submission of false claims for payment. Building on longstanding work focused on emergency preparedness and response, OIG is undertaking and planning oversight of HHS’s COVID-19-related programs to ensure that program requirements are met to protect patient health and safety, that taxpayer funds invested to provide relief to providers and care to patients are not misspent, and that critical infrastructure supporting an effective emergency response is secure. OIG is working to provide the public and policymakers in HHS and Congress with sophisticated analyses and relevant, reliable, and actionable data and information.