Washington, D.C., HIV/AIDS Administration Director Fired After Questions Raised Over Handling of Federal Funds
August 17, 2005
District of Columbia Department of Health Director Gregg Pane on Tuesday fired HIV/AIDS Administrator Lydia Watts amid questions about how the district's HIV/AIDS Administration has handled federal funds, the Washington Times reports (McElhatton, Washington Times, 8/17). Pane did not give specific reasons for the firing, saying, "I felt that new leadership was needed for getting us where we needed to go" (Labbe, Washington Post, 8/17). The administration in June was criticized in an audit by the district's inspector general for inadequately overseeing organizations that deliver services to HIV-positive residents, sometimes preparing "questionable" reports and funding groups that are not involved with HIV/AIDS (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 6/27). In addition, a report released last week by the DC Appleseed Center found that the city's response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic has been inadequate and poorly coordinated. The report said, among other things, that city officials were not systematically collecting and analyzing data about the epidemic and not properly coordinating and supervising the organizations that provide services for people living with HIV/AIDS (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 8/11).
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