Does nobody at the top of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services realize — or care — that background checks are essential for people in sensitive positions?
That is a relevant question for two reasons: HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and HHS IG Dan Levinson. He gets it. She appears not to have a clue.
Consider the HHS secretary's response to a question from Sen. John Cornyn regarding whether the federal government requires background checks on Obamacare navigators.
You need an act of Congress?
As the Washington Examiner's Susan Ferrechio reports, "Under current law, there is no federal requirement for a background check, though states can require it, Sebelius said.
"'So a convicted felon could be a navigator and could acquire sensitive personal information from an individual, unbeknownst to them,' Cornyn asked Sebelius during the hearing. 'That is possible,' she answered."
Incredibly, when Sen. Johnny Isakson asked her if there should be background checks for navigators, Sebelius responded, "If that is the will of the Congress, we'd certainly take a look at that."
What about childcare providers?
Meanwhile, as Sebelius testified before the Senate, Levinson's IG staff released a report that HHS does not require states to conduct background checks on childcare providers funded by the federal government.
Only 15 states do complete background checks on providers paid through the $5.2 billion Child Care and Development Fund run by the Administration for Children and Families in HHS.
According to the IG, HHS recommends such backgrounds, but doesn't require them. No surprise then that the IG said FBI criminal files and sex offender databases were the least frequently checked records.
Then there's this, according to the IG: "ACF did little to monitor how states were overseeing CCDF providers." Is everybody at HHS asleep?
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