FEMA's Non-Congregate Sheltering Policy for Disaster Survivors during the California Wildfires and other disaster events in the midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic
To determine adequacy and effectiveness of FEMA's Non-Congregate Sheltering policy in providing shelter to displaced disaster survivors in response to Federally declared disasters, including the wildfires, during the COVID19 pandemic.
Review of COVID-19 Business Tax Relief Provisions on Original and Amended Tax Returns
The objective of this review is to assess the IRS’s processes and procedures to ensure the accuracy and validity of COVID‐19 related employer tax credits on original and amended tax returns.
FEMA's Civil Rights Advisory Group
To determine to what extent FEMA is ensuring its COVID-19 Civil Rights Advisory Group is working to eliminate inequities in FEMA activities. The team will evaluate the policies and procedures related to work and structure of the Civil Rights Advisory Group. Also, the team will review the Civil Rights Advisory Group oversight of the selection process of CVCs locations and any other FEMA decisions concerning equity issues.
To determine to what extent FEMA provided oversight of Project Air Bridge and ensured its commercial partners distributed medical supplies to prioritized healthcare facilities in designated locations.
Audit of HHS Sole Source Contracts Awarded for COVID-19 Testing
HHS established contracts under the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the COVID-Â19 pandemic. The contracts cover more than 600 COVID-19 testing sites in 48 states and the District of Columbia. The contracts utilize a Federal bundled payment program paid directly to retailers that receive a flat fee for each test administered, with participating retailers responsible for coordinating the full, end-to-end testing. The contracts that HHS awarded to contractors were sole source contracts totaling approximately $1 billion for COVID-19 testing. We will review the awarding and management of contracts for COVID-19 testing to determine compliance with applicable Federal statutes, regulations, HHS policies and procedures, contract terms and conditions, and the allowability of claimed costs.
Audit of Delinquent Noncustodial Parents' Tax Refund and Economic Impact Payment Intercepts
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act provides qualifying individuals with a recovery rebate (economic impact payment) of up to $1,200 (or $2,400 if married and filing jointly), plus up to $500 for each qualifying child. Congress added a number of exemptions concerning the economic impact payments within the CARES Act; however, it did not exempt child support debt. According to estimates, up to 10.5 million noncustodial parents are delinquent in their payment of child support and could have their economic impact payments intercepted. Based on the significant impact that the CARES Act will have on the collection of delinquent child support due to the intercept of economic impact payments, we determined that the focus of our audit would be to determine whether selected State(s) have policies and procedures in place to ensure that State child support programs collected and distributed delinquent child support under the Federal Tax Refund Offset program.