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IG: Major weakness in HHS financial systems, security programs

The Health and Human Services Department has serious weaknesses in its financial systems and processes for producing financial statements and inadequate internal controls over Medicare information systems, the HHS Office of Inspector General said in its semiannual report to Congress. However, HHS produced a clean financial statement for the first half of fiscal 2004, the Inspector General’s office said in the report released yesterday. The fact that HHS fairly presented its financial position enabled the department to meet the Nov. 15, 2003, accelerated date for submitting financial statements and audit results to the Office of Management and Budget. Full Story

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