Prevention fund recipients apparently broke federal laws and used some of those funds for political lobbying, according to the HHS inspector general.
Investigators for the inspector general undertook the review of the Communities Putting Prevention to Work grant program after receiving complaints from members of Congress. Investigators reviewed quarterly reports submitted by grant recipients; met with officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that distributed the monies; and consulted with the HHS legal office.
“We are concerned that some statements in those reports may reflect inappropriate lobbying activities using CPPW grant funds,” Daniel Levinson, HHS inspector general, wrote to Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the CDC (PDF), in a June 29 letter of preliminary findings. “Our review also indicated that this may have originated from a lack of clear guidance—or even conflicting information—from CDC to CPPW grantees concerning the anti-lobbying restrictions.”