OIG Updates Work Plan
The Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) has updated its public-facing work plan. The work plan describes various projects underway at OIG, such as audits and inspections. To see the latest updates, click here.
FDA Proposes New Cigarette Labels
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) has issued a proposed rule on Required Warnings for Cigarette Packages and Advertisements. That rule, if finalized, would require new health warnings about the negative consequences of smoking. There are 13 proposed warnings, featuring text statements alongside photo-realistic color images depicting certain lesser-known risks of cigarette smoking. For more information, click here.
CDC Investigating New Lung Illness
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) are providing consultation to state health departments about a cluster of severe lung illnesses. 153 cases have been reported by 16 states (spanning a period from June 28, 2019 to August 20, 2019). All reported cases involved e-cigarette use. For more information, click here. For more information about your specific state, contact your local health department.
OIG Audits PHI Security for Unaccompanied Alien Children Program
As part of HHS’s Administration for Children and Families, the Office of Refugee Resettlement manages the Unaccompanied Alien Children program. The OIG recently audited an organization that had been awarded a contract to provide residential care to unaccompanied alien children. The audit revealed inadequate information systems security, which posed risks to the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of personally identifiable information. The organization undergoing audit, Southwest Key, reported that it was unaware of federal information systems security requirements. To read the audit report, click here.