Grass­ley asks CMS to de­tail its contractors’ con­flicts

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Se­nate Fi­nance Com­mit­tee rank­ing mem­ber Chuck Grass­ley (R-Iowa) has asked the CMS to list any iden­ti­fied con­flicts of in­ter­est among the agency’s contractors and high­light any steps that the CMS has taken to pre­vent those con­flicts. In an Oct. 29 let­ter, Grass­ley said he is concerned that the fi­nan­cial re­la­tion­ships be­tween cer­tain contractors may cre­ate con­flict­ing roles that would hin­der a con­trac­tor’s ob­jec­tiv­ity when mon­i­tor­ing and re­view­ing an­other con­trac­tor’s work. Grass­ley noted that this year, the Govern­ment Ac­count­abil­ity Of­fice agreed with a com­plainant that the CMS was wrong to give a con­tract to a com­pany to de­tect and in­ves­ti­gate po­ten­tial fraud be­cause it would have en­abled the com­pany to eval­u­ate the work of its par­ent com­pany. “I am concerned that there are other sim­i­lar cases at CMS in­volv­ing po­ten­tial con­trac­tor con­flicts of in­ter­est,” wrote Grass­ley, who then listed eight com­pa­nies, some of which he said are sub­sidiaries of par­ent com­pa­nies that have con­tracts with the CMS. Grass­ley asked for a re­sponse no later than Nov. 19.

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