HHS Contractor Failed to Meet “Health and Safety Requirements” for Separated Children

WASHINGTON, D.C. – According to a pair of new reports from the Health and Human Services Department’s Office of the Inspector General, an HHS contractor (Southwest Key) failed to comply with “health and safety requirements” for the unaccompanied alien children program. The same contractor is seeking to reopen two shuttered Arizona facilities.

“This Inspector General report offers further proof that HHS has failed in its responsibility to keep separated children safe,” said Karl Frisch, a senior advisor to Restore Public Trust. “HHS shouldn’t reward companies like Southwest Key with additional work when they have proven time and again, they have little regard for the health and safety of these children.”

According to a review of the IG reports by Politico, Southwest Key “failed to maintain proper records, had safety lapses and didn’t implement proper IT security standards to” protect “confidential information about kids and sponsors.”

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