Florida Bioterrorism funds reviewed

Emergency Management Alert, October 28, 2008

According to the Office of Inspector General (OIG), the Florida Department of Health (FDOH) may have misused federal funding for Florida’s Bioterrorism Hospital Preparedness Program.
The OIG report states that of the $53.4 million the FDOH claimed for reimbursement from September 1, 2004 through August 31, 2006, approximately $52 million was allowable, allocable, and reasonable. The FDOH claimed $50,988 in unallowable costs were improperly charged to the program and as much as $1,257,198 may be unallowable because it was not authorized by Florida statutes, according to the report.
In response, the OIG has recommended that the FDOH:
  • Refund the $50,988 that was improperly charged
  • Refund the $1,257,198 in unallowable costs and stop initiated staffing contracts if the money did bypass limitations of Florida laws
  • Improve policies and procedures to avoid unallowable reimbursement
The FDOH has agreed to reimburse the $50,988 and is reviewing the $1,257,198 in potentially unusable costs with the State’s Department of Management Services.
To read the report, click here.


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