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Evidence That the HHS-OIG Fails to Conduct Independent and Objective Audits and Investigations of Title IV-D Agencies

Evidence That the HHS-OIG Fails to Conduct Independent and Objective Audits and Investigations of Title IV-D Agencies

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Health and Human Services, Inspector General, audits, investigations, crimes, corruption, Kathleen Sebelius, Daniel R. Levinson, Title IV-D, Title IV-E, child support, parenting time, CFR, income, imputation, illegal, imprisonment for debt, debtor's prison, fraud, parents, children, innocent.
Health and Human Services, Inspector General, audits, investigations, crimes, corruption, Kathleen Sebelius, Daniel R. Levinson, Title IV-D, Title IV-E, child support, parenting time, CFR, income, imputation, illegal, imprisonment for debt, debtor's prison, fraud, parents, children, innocent.

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Evidence that the HHS-OIG Fails to Conduct Independent and Objective Audits andInvestigations of Title IV-D Agencies
Doug DanteDougDante1@yahoo.com29 October 2012I am not a lawyer and this is not legal advice.As part of the recent discussions regarding evidence of illicit and potentially criminal activities at theMichigan Friend of the Court, and other federally contracted State Title IV-D agencies, some parentssuggested that we contact the Federal Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General.Please be aware that I have been in contact with the HHS-OIG for over one year, from August 2011,and they have steadfastly declined all requests for investigation.Sadly, the HHS-OIG, at least in their communications with me, repeatedly offered assurances “Theinformation you have provided will be thoroughly reviewed and OIG Hotline Operations willdetermine the most appropriate course of action” (August 30, 2011), and “We are reviewing it and willtake appropriate action” (January 22, 2012),and it took them 8 months to say “We are declining toconduct such an investigation” (April 12, 2012). It seems that a less persistent person might get themistaken impression that the terms “thorough review” or “appropriate action” might mean the HHS-OIG would
 
independently and objectively conduct and supervise audits and investigations (InspectorGeneral Act) in response to evidence of illicit and potentially criminal activities of HHS contractors.They instead rely, apparently exclusively, on Title IV-D agency self assessments which are notavailable to the public, and it is my opinion they likely contain merely whatever statements the F.O.C.or other Title IV-D agency wants the HHS-OIG to see.Based on the the observed inaction of the HHS-OIG, I think this "self assessment" is inadequate , and Ifeel that such actions may fail to meet the statutory duties of the duties of the HHS Inspector General asoutlined in the Inspector General Act. (details below).Below are selected communications to and from the HHS-OIG and myself.Sincerely,a.k.a. Doug Dantehttp://www.scribd.com/DougDante----- Forwarded Message -----
From:
Doug Dante <dougdante1@yahoo.com>
To:
"Kathleen.Sebelius@hhs.gov" <Kathleen.Sebelius@hhs.gov>
 
Sent:
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Subject:
Request HHS-OIG Conduct Independent and Objective Audits andInvestigations of Title IV-D AgenciesKathleen SebeliusSecretary of Health and Human Services,Madam Secretary,Thank you for your service to our country!I have sent the Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General a sequence ofrequests for investigation going back over one year to August 2011, and the HHS OIG hasdeclined every request to investigate of fraud waste and abuse at the Michigan Friend ofthe Court, a Title IV-D HHS contracting agency under the jurisdiction of the HHS OIG,including those based on documents published by the FOC itself, news reports, anddirectly forwarded e-mails from parents pleading for help. I have been subscribed to theInspector General's daily update since that time, and I have not observed any incidentswhere action was taken to prevent fraud waste and abuse victimizing children or parents atany HHS contracting Title IV-D agencies in the United States.Some of that evidence is summarized here:http://www.scribd.com/doc/57079006/Some-Evidence-of-Illicit-and-Potentially-Criminal-Behavior-at-the-Michigan-Friend-of-the-CourtIn one e-mail reply from Inspector in Charge Bartnick from 12 April 2012, he wrote:
"Each State must submit a detailed annual self-assessment to this Department’sOffice of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE), containing required programcompliance criteria, including information about establishment and enforcement of orders. (45 CFR Pt. 308). "
 
As far as I know, these self assessments are not available to the public, and it is myopinion they likely contain merely whatever statements the F.O.C. wants the HHS-OIG tosee. Based on the the observed inaction of the HHS-OIG, I think this "self assessment" isinadequately objective and less than independent. However, I'm unaware of any actiontaken by the HHS-OIG to ensure the integrity of Title IV-D programs beyond whatappears to me to be a rubber stamp on these reports, and the occasional pro forma audit ofundistributed child support.
 
I feel that this may be inconsistent with the duties of the HHS Inspector General asoutlined in the Inspector General Act to independently and objectively conduct andsupervise audits and investigations.Furthermore, statements from Inspector in Charge Bartnick cause me to be concerned thatthe HHS OIG is not effectively implementing their duties to report evidence of criminalactivities of their contractors to the Attorney General.Please encourage the HHS-OIG to to investigate some of the issues reported by parents orin the media, and to conduct a more objective and independent assessment of the F.O.C..Sincerely,a.k.a. Doug Dante PS: My most recent message appears below.http://www.scribd.com/DougDante----- Forwarded Message -----
From:
Doug Dante <dougdante1@yahoo.com>
To:
"Daniel.Levinson@oig.hhs.gov" <Daniel.Levinson@oig.hhs.gov>;"Sheri.Denkensohn@oig.hhs.gov" <Sheri.Denkensohn@oig.hhs.gov>;"Erin.Lemire@oig.hhs.gov" <Erin.Lemire@oig.hhs.gov>;"HHSTips@oig.hhs.gov" <HHSTips@oig.hhs.gov>; hhstips X<hhstips@oig.hhs.gov>; "Darren.Bartnik@oig.hhs.gov"<Darren.Bartnik@oig.hhs.gov>
Sent:
Monday, September 10, 2012
Subject:
HHS Tip: Michigan FOC: "Oakland County Friend Of The Court ...are now stealing money from my kids"Inspector General, Daniel R. LevinsonDaniel.Levinson@oig.hhs.gov Also Care ofSpecial Assistant to the IG, Sheri DenkensohSheri.Denkensohn@oig.hhs.govDirector, External Affairs, Erin LemireErin.Lemire@oig.hhs.govUS Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General Hotline
 
HHSTips@oig.hhs.govBartnik, Darren P (OIG/OI)Assistant Special Agent in Charge

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