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Small Business Administration OIG

COVID-19 and Disaster Assistance Information Systems Security Controls

This report presents the results of our audit to determine whether the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) maintained effective management control activities and monitoring of the design and implementation of third-party operated SBA systems. SBA needed information technology systems from third-party service providers that could improve the system efficiency and productivity to process high transaction volumes, transmit data between other information systems, and safeguard the integrity and confidentiality of the personally identifiable information processed by the programs. We found the...

Small Business Administration OIG

Paycheck Protection Program Eligibility for Nonprofit Organizations

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Office of Inspector General (OIG) conducted this review to assess Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) eligibility for nonprofit organizations. Based on data analysis, we identified 179 PPP loans, totaling approximately $684 million, made to potentially ineligible nonprofits that may have exceeded SBA’s requirements for business size, known as size standards, at the time of application. We also reviewed PPP loans for three large nonprofits, including Planned Parenthood of Illinois that received over $3.8 million, Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania...

Department of Homeland Security OIG

FEMA Did Not Implement Controls to Prevent More than $3.7 Billion in Improper Payments from the Lost Wages Assistance Program

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) did not implement controls that may have prevented the 21 state workforce agencies (SWA) in our review from distributing more than $3.7 billion in improper payments through its Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) program.

Election Assistance Commission OIG

Audit of the Help America Vote Act Grants Awarded to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

The Office of Inspector General, through the independent public accounting firm of McBride, Lock & Associates, LLC, audited funds received by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania under the Help America Vote Act (HAVA), including state matching funds and interest earned, totaling $53.4 million. This included Election Security, reissued Section 251, and Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act grants.

Election Assistance Commission OIG

Audit of the Help America Vote Act Grants Awarded to the State of Delaware

The Office of Inspector General, through the independent public accounting firm of McBride, Lock & Associates, LLC, audited funds received by the State of Delaware under the Help America Vote Act (HAVA), including state matching funds and interest earned, totaling $20 million. This included Election Security and Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act grants.

Department of the Interior OIG

The Lower Brule Sioux Tribe Did Not Account for CARES Act Funds Appropriately

We determined that the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe did not follow applicable requirements in its agreements with the BIA.

Department of Education OIG

Michigan’s Administration of the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund

The objectives of the audit were to determine whether the State of Michigan (Michigan) designed and implemented awarding processes that ensured that the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund (GEER grant) was used to support local educational agencies (LEAs) and institutions of higher education (IHEs) that were most significantly impacted by the coronavirus or LEAs, IHEs, or other education-related entities within the State that were deemed essential for carrying out emergency educational services; and monitoring processes to ensure that subgrantees used GEER grant funds in accordance with...

Small Business Administration OIG

COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan Applications Submitted from Foreign IP Addresses

We evaluated the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) controls to flag or prevent potentially fraudulent Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) applications submitted from foreign Internet Protocol (IP) addresses. Although the agency implemented several layers of controls to prevent or reduce fraud from foreign countries, individuals at foreign IP addresses were able to access the COVID-19 EIDL application system. SBA received millions of attempts to submit COVID-19 EIDL applications from foreign IP addresses and stopped most of them; however, the agency...

Election Assistance Commission OIG

Audit of the Help America Vote Act Grants Awarded to the State of Washington

The Office of Inspector General, through the independent public accounting firm of McBride, Lock & Associates, LLC, audited funds received by the State of Washington under the Help America Vote Act (HAVA), including state matching funds and program income, totaling $30.3 million. This included Election Security and Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act grants.

Election Assistance Commission OIG

Audit of the Help America Vote Act Grants Awarded to the State of Indiana

The Office of Inspector General, through the independent public accounting firm of McBride, Lock & Associates, LLC, audited funds received by the State of Indiana under the Help America Vote Act (HAVA), including state matching funds and program income, totaling $26.3 million. This included Election Security and Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act grants.