GAO releases second report on IHS property losses
The Indian Health Service continues to lose property at an "alarming rate" despite agreeing to tackle the problem, the Government Accountability Office said in a report on Wednesday.

IHS promised to implement 10 recommendations when the GAO first looked at the issue last year. But top officials have failed to implement most of them and have failed to hold staff accountable, the report said.

"Weak tone at the top persists at IHS, with senior leadership failing to fully implement and enforce eight of the 10 recommendations we made in June 2008," the report said. "These failures strongly contribute to the continued loss and theft of property."

The new director of the IHS is Yvette Roubideaux, a member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe of South Dakota.

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GAO: Indian health agency still losing equipment (AP 6/3)

GAO Report:
Millions of Dollars in Property and Equipment Continue to Be Lost or Stolen | Summary

Prior GAO Report:
IHS Mismanagement Led to Millions of Dollars in Lost or Stolen Property | Summary

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