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  Protecting Public Health and Human Services Programs: A 30-Year Retrospective

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The year 2006 marked the 30th anniversary of the establishment of the Office of Inspector General (OIG) at the Department of Health and Human Services, 20th anniversary of the False Claims Amendments Act of 1986, and 10th anniversary of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). “Protecting Public Health and Human Services Programs: A 30-Year Retrospective,” commemorates these important anniversaries by reflecting on highlights of OIG activities between 1976 and 2006 to help us and those affected by our work better understand our direction for the future. This publication focuses on OIG results in the areas of health care integrity, quality of care, compliance/outreach, grants management, and child support enforcement. The Retrospective also identifies the critical roles that the False Claims Amendments Act and HIPAA have played in providing OIG with the statutory foundations and financial support upon which much of this work is based.

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