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Cattle Health Program Disease Incident Response

Report Information

Date Issued
Report Number:
Report Type
Animal Plant Health Inspection Service
OIG evaluated Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s oversight of response activities related to cattle disease incidents for the tuberculosis, brucellosis, and bovine spongiform encephalopathy programs.
Joint Report
Agency Wide
Yes (agency-wide)
Questioned Costs
Funds for Better Use


Analyze the three risks for which APHIS has not begun mitigating actions by estimating the risks’ significance by considering the magnitude of impact, likelihood of occurrence, and the nature of the risks.

Based on the results of Recommendation 1, determine what actions are necessary to mitigate the risks.

Revise and implement procedures to enable recipients to separately identify their costs for each program under APHIS’ Animal Health program umbrella cooperative agreements.

Obtain the recipients’ actual expenses for each Animal Health program under the umbrella cooperative agreements for the last 3 years from the implementation of Recommendation 3, and perform a reconciliation to determine whether these expenses reflected the amounts APHIS allocated.

Based on the results of the reconciliation performed in Recommendation 4, determine whether APHIS complied with relevant appropriation act provisions and, as necessary, obtain an Office of the General Counsel opinion on any potential unauthorized reprogramming and Antideficiency Act violations.