LIVE: HHS IG Testifies On Latest Efforts To Combat Coronavirus

Health and Human Services Principal Deputy Inspector General Christi Grimm is testifying via livestream for the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on the latest updates regarding the efforts to combat coronavirus.

Grimm’s office “is tasked with conducting oversight over the $175 billion in emergency relief funding provided to HHS by the CARES Act and the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act,” according to the House Oversight Committee.

The briefing is expected to address the “HHS IG’s April 6, 2020, report on the resource challenges hospitals have been facing during the crisis, including shortages of testing supplies, PPE, and other critical medical supplies.”

From the House Oversight Committee Website

The report warned that “severe shortages of testing supplies and extended waits for test results limited hospitals’ ability to monitor the health of patients and staff” and “hampered hospitals’ efforts to reduce community spread, protect staff, and care for patients.”

The briefing also will address the HHS IG’s planned work to review and report on other aspects of the Administration’s coronavirus response, including testing, the Strategic National Stockpile, the health and safety of HHS employees, and the Department’s emergency preparedness throughout the pandemic.