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The Office of Inspector General (OIG) Cost Saver Handbook (Red Book), which is no longer published, was incorporated into a successor publication, the Compendium of Unimplemented Recommendations. We include it on our website for historical purposes. The Red Book described significant OIG cost-saving recommendations from prior years that had not been fully implemented at the time of issuance. The recommendations generally required one of three types of actions: legislative, regulatory, or procedural (such as manual revisions). Some complex issues involved two or all three types of actions. The Red Book recommendations were annually updated to reflect more current information as it became available, and the estimates had varying levels of precision. Implementation of many recommendations from the Red Book resulted in substantial savings to the Department of Health and Human Services and its programs.

The Inspector General Act requires that OIG's semiannual reports to Congress include "an identification of each significant recommendation described in previous semiannual reports on which corrective action has not been completed." In response to this requirement, for several years we issued the Red Book and its companion publication, the Program and Management Improvement Recommendations Handbook (Orange Book), as supplements to the semiannual reports. The open recommendations in the final editions of the Red Book and Orange Book were combined and carried forward into the successor Compendium of Unimplemented Recommendations.

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