By Jessica Y. Washington, J.D.
Pursuant to congressional request, the GAO conducted an audit of federal funds expenditures of organizations providing voluntary family planning and services related to the treatment and prevention of HIV/AIDS, including Planned Parenthood affiliates.
The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently released a health care funding report finding that Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) affiliates expended approximately $271 million in federal funding during fiscal years 2016–2018. This most recent report, entitled “Health Care Funding: Planned Parenthood Federation of America Affiliates’ Expenditures of Federal Funds, 2016–2018,” supplements the GAO’s December 2020 report entitled “Health Care Funding: Federal Obligations to and Funds Received by Certain Organizations Involved in Health-Related Services, 2016–2018.” The GAO conducted its analysis of single audit reports submitted by 39 PPFA affiliates from January 2021 to June 2021, at the behest of certain members of Congress who requested information on federal funding to organizations providing voluntary family planning and services related to the treatment and prevention of HIV/AIDS (GAO Report, GAO-21-608R, June 22, 2021).
The GAO audit finding of $271 million in PPFA affiliate expenditures includes funds received directly from federal agencies as well as funds passed through to affiliates by nonfederal organizations. Moreover, the supplemental report specifically addresses PPFA affiliate reported expenditures of federal funds derived from grants and cooperative agreements during fiscal years 2016–2018. According to the report, the amount expended by individual PPFA affiliates ranged from just over $1 million (Planned Parenthood of Maryland) to $25.7 million (Planned Parenthood Mid and South Michigan).
Per the GAO’s supplemental report, approximately 94 percent ($256 million) of the total $271 million expended represents PPFA affiliate expenditures of Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) funds, most of which derived from the Office of Population Affairs. The remaining six percent ($15 million) represent funds expended by the departments of Agriculture, Housing and Urban Development, State, Justice, Education, and the Corporation for National and Community Service.
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