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SEVENTH DISTRICT, GEORGIA
WASHINGTON, DC, OFFICE: TEL: (202) 225-4272 FAX: (202) 225-4696
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DISTRICT OFFICE: TEL: (770)232-3005 FAX: (770) 232-2909
ONLINE OFFICE: HTTP://WOODALLHOUSE.GOV
November 9, 2011
Mr. Peter Heimlich Duluth, Georgia 30096-6198
Dear Mr. Heimlich: Thank you for your inquiry concerning the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) funding of the Save-a-Life Foundation. I enjoyed speaking with you at our recent town hall meeting and share your strong advocacy of oversight and transparency in all Federal spending. When my staff received your inquiry, I asked the CDC about the status of your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to that agency, as well as my own request regarding the source of the funds the CDC provided the Save-a-Life Foundation. The CDC was quick to inform me that your FOIA request was in line to be processed, in the order that the CDC received it with regards to other FOIA requests. Regarding my own inquiry into the CDC funding, I sent followup inquiries on the status of my request between July and October before receiving a response from the CDC that the funding was earmarked to the Save-a-Life Foundation in previous appropriation and Omnibus bills. According to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Federal grant database, the Save-a-Life Foundation received seven Federal grants from 2001 to 2005, totaling more than $3.3 million. I have requested more in-depth information about these grants as well as the source of any possible additional earmarks, and I am currently waiting to receive a response to that request. Regarding inter-agency reviews, I am always supportive of measures taken by both Executive Agencies and the Congress itself to insure that taxpayer funds are being put to the best use and are free from corrupting influences. The Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services and the CDC review all programs receiving Federal grants, as well as the process by which grants are made. The Save-a-Life Foundation is not exempted from that scrutiny. Your concerns about the Save-a-Life Foundation and the CDC are a strong reminder of the need to get Washington out of the business of doling out grants to private organizations. The CDC should focus on its core mission - Fighting disease - rather than issuing grants to educational organizations. I question the role the Federal government has in supporting private, non-profit education organizations period. These matters are best left to state and local governments, if not private citizens.
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Mr. Peter Heimlich November 9, 2011 Page 2 Thank you again for contacting my office. As soon as I receive an answer regarding the source of the earmark for the Save-a-Life Foundation, I will share that information with you. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to call on me if I may be of further assistance. Sincerely,
fRob Woodall Member of Congress RW:cm