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Department of Defense OIG

Evaluation of Department of Defense Medical Treatment Facility Challenges During the Coronavirus Disease-2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic

Department of Agriculture OIG

USDA Coronavirus Disease 2019 Funding

On May 28, 2020, we initiated a non-audit service to identify U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) funding. Our objective was to identify the funding streams USDA used to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic as of May 31, 2020.
Railroad Retirement Board OIG

Management Information Report - Interim Report Regarding CARES Act Expenditures and Controls

The objective of this interim review is to provide RRB management with information that will assist them in ensuring compliance, transparency, and fiscal accountability under the CARES Act.
Department of Housing and Urban Development OIG

Opportunities Existed to Improve HUD’s Responses to Inquiries From Borrowers, Industry Partners, and the General Public Regarding Forbearance and Foreclosure Relief Provided by the CARES Act

As part of the Office of Inspector General’s (OIG) effort to provide oversight of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) relief efforts provided by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), we reviewed HUD’s responses to inquiries regarding forbearance and foreclosure relief. The objective of our review was to evaluate the accuracy of HUD’s responses to inquiries from borrowers, industry partners, and the general public regarding forbearance and foreclosure relief provided by the CARES Act. We found that HUD could improve its customer service to borrowers, industry partners, and the general public by providing more direct, accurate, and complete responses to their inquiries.
Agency for International Development OIG

COVID-19 Information Brief: USAID COVID-19 Activity Update

This brief provides information on USAID’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and associated challenges, as well as related oversight plans and activities. OIG prepared this informational brief to increase stakeholder knowledge and public transparency regarding these efforts. This brief reports on activities from the start of the COVID-19 pandemic through August 31, 2020.
Department of Veterans Affairs OIG

Date of Receipt of Claims and Mail Processing During the COVID-19 National State of Emergency

The OIG reviewed the Veterans Benefits Administration’s (VBA) processing of mail and benefit claims during the COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, the review team examined whether VBA staff documented the date of receipt for benefits-related correspondence as required by new guidance during the national state of emergency and continued mail operations at VA facilities to ensure benefit claims were processed. Based on its sample analysis, the OIG found VBA staff did not properly apply date of receipt documentation guidance for an estimated 98 percent of 3,200 claims established from April 7 through April 20, 2020. The date of receipt is important because it may be used to establish when veterans become entitled to benefit payments. Veterans could be underpaid if staff record an incorrect date of receipt. However, VBA staff were not always aware of all aspects of documentation guidance and had not received training on it. VBA staff did continue to process mail received at VA facilities, with the postal service forwarding all regional office mail to a scanning facility starting March 31, 2020. Offices that did not have mail automatically forwarded were to have staff available to process incoming mail. The team surveyed regional office staff and found that the majority of regional offices used these methods to continue mail operations. Representatives from veterans service organizations also confirmed that mail operations continued at their offices in Detroit and Los Angeles, where they are colocated with VBA staff. VBA concurred with the OIG’s three recommendations to: (1) ensure VBA staff understand date of receipt guidance for claims received during the pandemic and implement those actions; (2) make certain that claims received and completed from March 1, 2020, had the correct date of entitlement; and (3) evaluate existing guidance for recording the date of receipt for claims without a postmark.