New York City Department of Health

Monitoring AIDS/HIV Prevention Services Contracts

The New York City Department of Healthís (City DOH) Bureau of HIV Prevention (Bureau) funds programs implemented by AIDS service organizations in communities where the risk of infection is highest. As of June 30, 2000, the Bureau had 68 three-year AIDS/HIV-prevention contracts in effect with an estimated value of $38.5 million. It is the responsibility of the Bureauís office of Contract Management (Contract Management) to monitor the community-based organizations that provide AIDS/HIV-prevention programs to help ensure they meet the terms of their contracts. Our audit concluded that Contract Management did not conform to its own monitoring guidelines to obtain assurance that contractors were delivering adequate prevention services. These guidelines require developing monitoring plans tailored to specific contractors and performing a stated number of activity observations and contractor site visits. We also found that City DOH should articulate performance standards that are clearly understood by both contractors and monitors, and that monitors should develop corrective action plans to improve the performance of contractors who do not meet achievement goals.

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