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Hartzler Leads Letter to Government Accountability Office Demanding Transparency for Opioid Crisis Grants

January 24, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-4) led a 19-member letter to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) requesting an audit of the grant-approval mechanism for funds related to the Congressionally-authorized opioid crisis relief programs.

“During my time traveling across the fourth district of Missouri, I have seen firsthand the impact of the drug abuse epidemic that is ravaging our local communities and families—especially the abuse of opiates. Unfortunately, government inefficiency often makes it difficult for Congress to track our legislative solutions and measure how they translate into tangible results that improve the lives of the American people,” Hartzler said.

“The immense size of the federal government makes it virtually impossible to track funding, and although some taxpayer money reaches its intended purpose, there remains billions upon billions of dollars that may be unaccounted for within the mass intricacies and levels of bureaucracy.

“Congress has come together to address the opioid abuse in several ways, and we must ensure the funds we authorized are being spent as promised. We need more transparent mechanisms for dispersal so communities desperate for help know what assistance is available and how they can access the funds.

“As a steward of taxpayer funds, I believe the federal government must do better. That is why I am leading an effort with 18 of my colleagues to secure an audit of the federal government’s mechanisms for disbursing the billions of taxpayer dollars that are intended for our local communities to combat the opioid crisis.

“It is my hope that this audit, conducted by the Government Accountability Office, will be the first step in devising a consistent, transparent way of tracking and disbursing these funds so help will reach those who need it and every American will benefit from a society free from the scourge of opioid addition,” Hartzler concludes.

For a copy of the letter, please click here