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IHS still losing equipment, despite prior warnings


The Indian Health Service continues to lose property "at an alarming rate," according to a draft Government Accountability Office report obtained by The Arizona Daily Star.

According to the draft, IHS has lost track of $3.5 million in equipment recently. That's in addition to the $15.9 million that went unaccounted for when the GAO released a report on the issue in July 2008.

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee held a hearing on the prior report on July 31, 2008, but then-IHS director Robert McSwain disputed the extent of the problem. The new report suggests that top IHS leaders have done little to address the situation.

The report is likely to be released to the public next month, the Star said. The new IHS director is Yvette Roubideaux.

Get the Story:
GAO: Indian Health Service items lost (The Arizona Daily Star 5/22)
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Prior GAO Report:
IHS Mismanagement Led to Millions of Dollars in Lost or Stolen Property | Summary

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