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Department of Justice OIG

Remote Inspection of Federal Bureau of Prisons Contract Correctional Institution McRae, Operated by CoreCivic

To view a set of interactive dashboards with up-to-date data on COVID-19 cases in this facility, click the link below.
Department of Justice OIG

Remote Inspection of Federal Bureau of Prisons Contract Correctional Institution Moshannon Valley, Operated by the Geo Group, Inc.

To view a set of interactive dashboards with up-to-date data on COVID-19 cases in this facility, click the link below.
U.S. Postal Service OIG

Processing Readiness of Election and Political Mail During the 2020 General Elections

The Postal Service plays a vital role in the American democratic process and this role continues to grow as the volume of Election and Political Mail increases. In addition to the next general election, which will be held November 3, 2020, there will be federal elections for all 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and 35 of the 100 seats in the U.S. Senate. There will also be 13 state and territorial elections for governor and numerous other state and local elections. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there is an expected increase in the number of Americans who will choose to vote by mail and avoid in-person voting. Our objective was to evaluate the Postal Service’s readiness for timely processing of Election and Political Mail for the 2020 general elections.
Department of Veterans Affairs OIG

Alleged Deficiencies in the Management of Staff Exposure to a Patient with COVID-19 at the VA Portland Health Care System in Oregon

The VA Office of Inspector General (OIG) conducted a healthcare inspection to determine the validity of allegations related to the management of staff exposure to a patient diagnosed with COVID-19 at the VA Portland Medical Center (facility) in Oregon. The events under review involved the facility’s first patient diagnosed with COVID-19. The OIG did not substantiate that emergency department staff failed to notify imaging department staff that a patient was suspected to have COVID-19 before sending the patient to the imaging department. At the time of the patient’s transport to the imaging department, emergency department staff had not identified suspicion of COVID-19. However, emergency department staff failed to alert imaging department staff of the patient’s potential influenza. The OIG did not substantiate that imaging department supervisors failed to properly and promptly notify imaging department staff who had contact with a patient who was diagnosed with COVID-19 after admission to the facility, or that leaders failed to take appropriate action following staff exposure to a patient with COVID-19. The OIG identified some missteps in the facility’s processes when responding to staff exposure, which affected the accuracy of exposure risk assessments and monitoring for some exposed staff. While missteps were noted, the facility made a significant and timely effort to identify staff with potential exposure and respond in accordance with the most current guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Oregon Health Authority. Facility leaders and infection prevention and control staff developed and revised COVID-19-related policies as new guidance became available. The OIG made five recommendations to the facility director related to communicating infection control precautions prior to transfer, management of staff with exposure to high-consequence infections, and inclusion of a detailed staff exposure management process in relevant facility policies.
Department of Veterans Affairs OIG

Alleged Deficiencies in the Management of Staff Exposure to a Patient with COVID-19 at the VA Portland Health Care System in Oregon

The VA Office of Inspector General (OIG) conducted a healthcare inspection to determine the validity of allegations related to the management of staff exposure to a patient diagnosed with COVID-19 at the VA Portland Medical Center (facility) in Oregon. The events under review involved the facility’s first patient diagnosed with COVID-19. The OIG did not substantiate that emergency department staff failed to notify imaging department staff that a patient was suspected to have COVID-19 before sending the patient to the imaging department. At the time of the patient’s transport to the imaging department, emergency department staff had not identified suspicion of COVID-19. However, emergency department staff failed to alert imaging department staff of the patient’s potential influenza. The OIG did not substantiate that imaging department supervisors failed to properly and promptly notify imaging department staff who had contact with a patient who was diagnosed with COVID-19 after admission to the facility, or that leaders failed to take appropriate action following staff exposure to a patient with COVID-19. The OIG identified some missteps in the facility’s processes when responding to staff exposure, which affected the accuracy of exposure risk assessments and monitoring for some exposed staff. While missteps were noted, the facility made a significant and timely effort to identify staff with potential exposure and respond in accordance with the most current guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Oregon Health Authority. Facility leaders and infection prevention and control staff developed and revised COVID-19-related policies as new guidance became available. The OIG made five recommendations to the facility director related to communicating infection control precautions prior to transfer, management of staff with exposure to high-consequence infections, and inclusion of a detailed staff exposure management process in relevant facility policies.
Department of the Interior OIG

Where’s the Money? DOI Use of CARES Act Funds as of July 31, 2020

This report presents the DOI’s progress as of July 31, 2020, in use of CARES Act appropriations.
Department of the Interior OIG

Where’s the Money? DOI Use of CARES Act Funds as of July 31, 2020

This report presents the DOI’s progress as of July 31, 2020, in use of CARES Act appropriations.