FEMA Funeral Assistance for COVID-19
To determine how effective FEMA's policies, procedures, and internal controls are in providing proper oversight of its funeral assistance program for COVID-19.
The team will review FEMA Policy FP104-009-03, FEMA Individual Assistance Program and Policy Guide (IAPPG) and analyze requirements pertaining to FEMA Funeral Assistance. The team will also request, review, and analyze all updated policies, agreements, contracts, and SOPs in support of FEMA’s plan to execute COVID-19 Funeral Assistance which is scheduled to begin in April 2021.
Review of Local Educational Agencies’ Use of Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Funds for Technology
The review will cover selected LEAs’ experience with purchasing technology to continue students’ instruction as schools closed and reopened in response to the Coronavirus pandemic. The review will include a survey to obtain information regarding the types of technology purchased, the impact the technology had on student learning, and the challenges LEAs faced related to the purchase and maintenance of that technology.
Evaluation of Combatant Commands Communication Challenges with Foreign Nation Partners during the COVID-19 Pandemic and Mitigation Efforts
We plan to begin the subject evaluation in June 2021. The objective of this evaluation is to determine how U.S. Africa Command, U.S. Central Command, U.S. European Command, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, U.S. Southern Command, and their Component Commands mitigated communication problems with partner nations during the COVID-19 pandemic, document those mitigation strategies, and consider whether these strategies should be employed in future operations where personal interaction is not possible. We may revise the objective as the evaluation proceeds, and we will consider suggestions from management for additional or revised objectives.
Acquisition and Grants Workforce Assessment
The CARES Act requires that the PRAC conduct and coordinate oversight of covered funds and the Coronavirus response and support Inspectors General in the oversight of covered funds and the Coronavirus response. The purpose of this review is to assess the resources (staffing, training, IT, oversight, and resources overall) available to the acquisition and grants workforce in their implementation of contracts and grants funded with COVID-19 response funds. The resulting report will meet the requirements outlined in the CARES Act and present an assessment of information obtained during the data call, including any trends, best practices, or challenges.
Inconsistent Reporting of Education Stabilization Fund Award in the Federal Audit Clearinghouse Does Not Allow for Appropriate Monitoring of Single Audit Results
The U.S. Department of Education Office of Inspector General identified an issue with the way Education Stabilization Fund data is being reported by grantees and auditors in the Federal Audit Clearinghouse, the repository for single audit reporting packages and related data. This review will identify the impact of the data inconsistencies on the Department of Education’s oversight activities.
Implementation of Sections 2303 and 2304 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act temporarily repealed certain restrictions imposed by the Tax Cut and Jobs Act of 2017 affecting net operating loss carrybacks (NOLs), and altered other NOL rules. The objective of this review is to assess the Internal Revenue Service’s efforts to promote non-corporate business taxpayer compliance with Sections 2303 (relating to NOLs) and 2304 (relating to excess business losses) of the CARES Act.
Evaluation of SBA’s Awards to Highlight Technologies LLC to Meet Emerging Needs Related to COVID-19
The Office of Inspector General will conduct an evaluation of SBA’s awards made to Highlight Technologies LLC to meet emerging needs related to impacts of COVID-19. Our project is part of a series of reviews of contracts SBA awarded to support CARES Act and other COVID-19 related legislation programs. Our objective is to determine if SBA issued the blanket purchase agreement and contract modifications in accordance with federal laws, regulations, and internal guidance.
Best Practices for State Unemployment Insurance Benefits Programs Study
The PRAC will be conducting this project with the assistance of MITRE, a federally funded research and development corporation. This project will research to identify best practices and lessons learned from pandemic response in state unemployment insurance (UI) benefits programs.
Small Business Administration’s Implementation of the Restaurant Revitalization Fund
The Office of Inspector General Audits Division will perform an evaluation of the Small Business Administration’s implementation of the Restaurant Revitalization Fund. Our objectives are to determine if SBA designed the program to (1) align with the American Rescue Plan Act requirements including whether designated groups were prioritized and (2) minimize the risk of financial loss.
COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan and Advance Grant Recipients on the Department of Treasury's Do Not Pay List
The Office of Inspector General Audits Division will collaborate with the Department of Treasury's Do Not Pay team to perform an eligibility assessment of SBA's COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) program loan and advance grant applicants. The objective of the review is to determine whether SBA implemented adequate administrative controls to prevent potential improper payments before the release of any federal funds. The scope will generally cover EIDL loans and advance grants disbursed between March 2020 and November 2020.