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Department of Homeland Security OIG

Early Experiences with COVID-19 at Border Patrol Stations and OFO Ports of Entry

o We surveyed staff at Border Patrol stations and OFO ports of entry from April 22, 2020 to May 1, 2020. The 136 Border Patrol stations and 307 OFO ports of entry that responded to our survey described various actions they have taken to prevent and mitigate the pandemic’s spread among travelers, detained individuals, and staff. These actions include increased cleaning and disinfecting of common areas, and having personal protective equipment for staff, as well as supplies available to those individuals with whom they come into contact. However, facilities reported concerns with their inability to practice social distancing and the risk of exposure to COVID-19 due to the close-contact nature of their work. Regarding staffing, facilities reported decreases in current staff availability due to COVID-19, but have contingency plans in place to ensure continued operations. The facilities expressed concerns regarding staff availability, however, if there were an outbreak of COVID-19 at the facility. Overall, the majority of respondents reported that their facilities were prepared to address COVID-19
Department of the Interior OIG

Bureau of Indian Affairs Funding Snapshot

Department of Veterans Affairs OIG

Appointment Management During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) took measures to protect patients and employees from COVID-19 by canceling face-to-face appointments that were not urgent and converting some of them to virtual appointments. The VA Office of Inspector General (OIG) assessed VHA’s appointment management strategies and the status of canceled appointments. The review team found that about five million appointments (68 percent) canceled from March 15 through May 1, 2020, had evidence of follow up or other tracking. Patients completed appointments predominantly by telephone and some by video. Other appointments were tracked for future follow-up in VA’s scheduling system. However, about 2.3 million cancellations (32 percent) had no indication of follow up or tracking at the time of review. The review team also examined whether medical facilities followed VHA’s guidance on annotating the appointment cancellations. Doing so consistently would have allowed facilities to better determine which appointments needed to be rescheduled. However, VHA’s guidance changed over time, and facilities applied it inconsistently. Facilities also did not consistently follow guidance on leaving consults open so that medical providers could reschedule them. In addition, the team noted that canceling appointments in batches could mask the instances where patients were not contacted about the cancellations. The OIG’s ongoing surveillance of VHA data shows that overall, from March 15 through June 15, 2020, VHA has canceled nearly 11.2 million appointments and needs to follow up on about 3.3 million of those cancellations. The OIG recommended that VHA coordinate a well defined rescheduling strategy with all facilities and provide oversight to facilities that have a significant rate of appointments with no evidence of follow up or tracking. The OIG also recommended VHA ensure facilities do not solely rely on appointment annotations when rescheduling. Finally, the OIG recommended that facilities take appropriate action on canceled or discontinued consults.
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.