The Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) currently provides healthcare to more than 156,000 inmates in more than 122 prisons (institutions) geographically dispersed throughout the contiguous United States, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico. BOP’s Health Services Division (HSD) is responsible for medical, dental, social and psychiatric mental health services provided to Federal inmates in BOP facilities, including health care delivery, infectious disease management, and medical designations. The Reentry Services Division is responsible for inmate health care programs for inmates in community custody and psychologist provided mental health and drug treatment programs. In December 2017, the Government Accountability Office issued a recommendation that BOP improve its data systems so that the financial costs of various treatments could be better tracked and managed. A similar finding was highlighted by the Office of the Inspector General during the same month, expressing that “improved data aggregation will ensure better oversight of the BOP’s health care contracts.”
The purpose of this project was to identify the best means by which to improve BOP’s data aggregation and improve oversight of its health care contracts. BOP contracted with the National Academy of Public Administration (the Academy) to:
The Academy appointed a five-member Panel of Fellows to oversee the work of the study team, provide guidance on project approach, and issue recommendations. The study concluded in October 2019.
If you have any questions or comments regarding our study panel, please contact Roger Kodat, Program Area Director, at 202-204-3610, or firstname.lastname@example.org.