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Report: Health and Human Services Misused Millions Meant for Vaccine Research

The HHS inspector general says the department misreported over $500 million in administrative spending.

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A report from the inspector general of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has determined that a division within the department misappropriated millions in funds meant to respond to public health emergencies like COVID-19. Instead, it spent that money on unrelated expenses like furniture purchases and administrative expenditures. 

The investigation was initiated in 2018 by an anonymous whistleblower who reported that the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) had been siphoning funds intended for the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), an agency it administers, since at least 2010.

BARDA, which establishes medical countermeasures against public health emergencies like bioterrorism and emerging infectious diseases, was referred to as "the bank of BARDA" within ASPR, according to documents first publicized by The Washington Post on Wednesday.

"ASPR used BARDA's…funds intended for the development of public health countermeasures, like vaccines…to pay for the removal of ASPR office furniture, ASPR administrative expenses and news subscriptions, legal services used by ASPR, ASPR's internal resource management system, and the salaries of personnel who did not work for BARDA," wrote U.S. Special Counsel Henry Kerner in a letter to President Joe Biden.

Kerner, who oversees this investigation, alleges that from 2007 to 2016 ASPR misreported $517.8 million in administrative spending to Congress and that, as recently as 2019, $25 to $26 million was taken from BARDA and improperly given to ASPR.

"I am deeply concerned about ASPR's apparent misuse of millions of dollars in funding meant for public health emergencies like the one our country is currently facing with the COVID-19 pandemic," Kerner said. "Equally concerning is how widespread and well-known this practice appeared to be for nearly a decade."

Although the report does not contain an estimate for the total amount of misappropriated funds, a spokesperson for the Special Counsel's Office said the office is confident that ASPR wrongfully used millions of dollars meant for BARDA. An accounting firm has been hired to audit the agency. 

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  5. a division within the department misappropriated millions in funds meant to respond to public health emergencies like COVID-19. Instead, it spent that money on unrelated expenses like furniture purchases and administrative expenditures.

    You can’t spend those millions (probably misspelt billions) without administers, and administers need desks to sit behind. Exactly what is the problem here? Surely you don’t expect existing administers to sit behind existing desks while disbursing new appropriations?

    1. The investigation was initiated in 2018 by an anonymous whistleblower

      Well that explains it — some old administrator resented not getting a new desk to sit behind. Same old story.

  6. So Creepy Joe just got a letter that said $500+ billion was misappropriated when he was the Veep. I’m excited to see how he tries to make this Trumps fault.

    1. Well, I suspect it will go like this:
      No “reliable” media outlet will report the story, just right wing extremist conspiracy echo chambers like reason.
      If ever questioned about it, the press secretary will answer with a meaningless comment about the weather.
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      If necessary, it will be used as justification for increased CDC funding.

  7. Government entities and programs are never truly for the purported people or purpose but for politicians and bureaucrats power, ‘profit’, and privilege.

    “The state remains, as it was in the beginning, the common enemy of all well-disposed, industrious and decent men.”
    ~ H. L. Mencken

    1. “Intelligence, n. A human trait so valued by society that those possessing it are wholly exempted from ever having to serve in government.”
      ~Devil’s DIctionary, Ambrose Bierce

  8. Dear God! There has been government waste?
    I am shocked, shocked.

    I will wait patiently for this article to be updated with the names of the drooks, and the punishments given after their trial and conviction. I mean, they actually DID something, not just talked about it!

    1. OK, drooks is a slang word for ‘crooks’.

      1. It is used in cases where a dog whistle for “edit function” is intended, but cannot be expressed.

        1. I thought it was a neologism based on “crooks” and “droogs” (from Clockwork Orange).

          And wut? “edit function”?? Good lord, what will you be wanting next? 56k modems?

      2. Drooks is good. Like a combo of Druids and Kooks. Alchemy and Ecstasy.

  9. Barda was established to combat bioterrorism? So they did nothing while the chinks were stealing pathogens and research, then did nothing when Wuhan virus broke out? So why do these scum bags exist? They had one job!

  10. We can vanish $2 trillion like a fart in the wind. Vanishing a measly $20 million doesn’t even register as a problem.

    What are the auditors going to do?

    “Well, after a painstaking audit, our conclusion is that, while mistakes were made, it was all monopoly money anyway and we should probably just print some more.”

  11. 500,000 doses of China-gifted Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine reach Pakistan.
    BEIJING: Pakistan on Monday received 500,000 doses of Sinopharm’s COVID-19 vaccine gifted by China, SAPM on Health Dr Faisal Sultan and Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said on Monday.

    https://www.etcnews.tv/500000-doses-china-gifted-sinopharm-covid-19-vaccine-reach-pakistan/

    A special Pakistan Air Force (PAF) plane with the first tranche of coronavirus vaccine landed in Islamabad earlier today.

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