This report contains findings of an evaluation OIG conducted to assess the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps' (Corps) response to the hurricanes and whether improvements were needed. OIG determined that Corps officers provided critical support to affected communities and State health officials, but the Corps could improve its response to public health emergencies. OIG found that the Corps was not able to meet some State needs and that deficiencies in officer preparation, deployment logistics, field operations, and officer reimbursement impacted the efficiency and the effectiveness of the response. OIG recommended that the Corps incorporate a number of infrastructure changes into its comprehensive transformation process. The Assistant Secretary for Health concurred with OIG's findings and recommendations.
Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General, Report No. OEI-09-06-00030
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