The Secretary of Health and Human Services should develop a comprehensive and coordinated planning approach to guide the department’s health care workforce development programs, according to a report released this week by the Government Accountability Office. “Without a comprehensive and coordinated approach to program planning, HHS cannot fully identify the gaps between existing programs and national needs, identify actions needed to address these gaps, or determine whether additional legislative proposals are needed to ensure that its programs fully meet workforce needs,” GAO said. In the report, HHS said it plans to convene an interagency group to assess existing workforce programs and the potential need for changes or expanded legislative authority. Leaders of the Senate Committees on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions and Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs asked GAO to study HHS’s activities to ensure that federal funding is aligned with the nation’s health care needs. The Affordable Care Act created the National Health Care Workforce Commission to annually recommend to Congress and the administration national health care workforce priorities, goals and policies, but Congress has not allocated funding to the commission.