by Maggie Thorp JD and Jim Thorp MD, America Outloud:
News of another troubling failure within the Biden administration recently came to light, underscoring why Americans have lost all trust in the U.S. government and its public agencies. The failure involved the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) – a behemoth public agency that was given hundreds of billions of dollars of federal money to dole out during the pandemic.
The latest failure involved disturbing new claims about lack of accountability within the HHS, which involved fourteen National Institutes of Health (NIH) officials.1 Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, announced in a press conference that several key NIH public officials – including National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID) Director Dr. Anthony Fauci – allegedly served unlawfully in their NIH positions from December 2021 to June 2023, calling into question the legitimacy of $25 billion in biomedical research grants awarded in 2022 alone.2
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Detailed in a formal letter addressed to HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra, the allegations claim that Secretary Becerra failed to follow the law and Constitution in reappointing fourteen NIH Institute and Center (I.C.) Directors, resulting in a gross lack of accountability for billions; moreover, the letter also claims that the HHS and NIH attempted to cover up the failures for more than a year.3 Chair Rodgers stated, “This is unprecedented, and it calls into question the validity of every decision that these officials have made since December 2021 to June 2023, including Dr. Fauci’s awarding a new grant to Eco Health Alliance.”4
U.S. Economy Flooded with $5 Trillion in Historic Distribution of Federal Money
Chair Rodgers’ allegations that HHS mismanagement resulted in illegitimate grant awards by the NIH strikes a now familiar chord – mistrust. Realizing they were likely lied to by their government about the safety and efficacy of the COVID-19 mRNA “vaccines” and the origins of COVID-19, many are waking up. The damage from the government’s failed pandemic response policies has affected every part of our lives – from our physical health (including those killed and injured by the failed “vaccines”) to our nation’s health and stability and our economy’s viability.
The U.S. government has handed out a staggering 5 trillion dollars of federal money since the beginning of the pandemic in the form of COVID-19 relief aid authorized by Congress.5 So much federal money was given away that investigators cannot fully track where it went.6 Allegations have now surfaced that hundreds of billions of dollars of COVID-19 relief money have been stolen or subject to waste, fraud, and abuse – and this number is expected to grow.7
Who was in charge of managing what even the New York Times describes as “the largest flood of federal money into the United States economy in recorded history”?8 Who ensured that the public agencies giving out these unprecedented amounts to the private sector actually followed the law? Like banks which sparked the 2008 financial collapse – banks deemed “too big to fail” – this unchecked and unprecedented spending spree has put taxpayers and the economy at risk. Regarding the HHS’ role in the historic giveaway – which was substantial – the HHS seems to have gone rogue, wildly straying from its core mission, which is to “enhance the health and well-being of all Americans.”9
HHS – A Rogue Federal Agency
Described as the largest federal grant-making agency in the country,10 HHS was authorized to spend a sizable $482 billion of the COVID-19 relief money appropriated by Congress11 – almost half a trillion dollars. But who and what is the HHS? A behemoth federal agency, the HHS contains twelve component operational divisions,12 some of which have become household names during COVID-19 – such as the Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention (CDC), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and National Institutes of Health (NIH) (the division which was the focus of Chair Rodgers recent claims of wrongdoing). While troubling, Chair Rodgers’ claims that HHS failed to follow the Constitution and law are not the first claims that the HHS engaged in mismanagement and even malfeasance during the pandemic. Nor are they likely to be the last.