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Missouri State Auditor

Federal American Recue Plan (ARP) Act Funding for COVID-19 Recovery September 2021

The primary objective of this report is to show Missouri's spending of federal assistance from the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act in the month of September 2021 for the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) recovery and the cumulative financial activity since the state began receiving funding in May 2021.
Missouri State Auditor

Federal Funding for COVID-19 Response September 2021

The primary objective of this report is to show Missouri's spending of federal assistance in the month of September 2021 for the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) emergency and the cumulative financial activity since the state began receiving funding in April 2020.
Department of Labor OIG

Audit of Employment and Training Grant Subrecipients

In March 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic caused many of ETA’s job training programs to cease operation. This interrupted participants’ job training, hence potentially preventing them from completing their training and getting a job in the areas they were trained. This audit will assess the impact of the pandemic on ETA’s job training programs by reviewing which and how many job training programs were interrupted and how ETA was able to resume training and ensure participants completed training programs they had started prior to the pandemic.
 
Department of Education OIG

University of Cincinnati’s Use of Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Student Aid and Institutional Grants

To determine whether University of Cincinnati used the Student Aid (84.425E) and Institutional (84.425F) portions of its Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) funds for allowable and intended purposes.
Louisiana Legislative Auditor

Improper Payments in the Unemployment Insurance Program: Overpayments and Rule Violations

This report provides the results of our evaluation of the Louisiana Workforce Commission’s (LWC) Unemployment Insurance program (State UI) and federally funded COVID-19 pandemic-related unemployment assistance programs (Federal UI). The purpose of this report was to identify potential overpayments or improper unemployment benefit payments LWC made to claimants. Overall, we found that LWC made approximately $2.9 million in payments that potentially violated unemployment benefit program rules outlined in federal and/or state law, including payments to claimants enrolled in multiple programs at...
Texas, City of Austin Auditor

Economic Recovery Funds: City Effectively Manage COVID-19 Relief Money

The overall objective of this report was to see if the the City effectively managed the distribution of economic recovery funds. The City created several programs using federal and local funding to provide economic relief to residents and organizations impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. These programs included providing financial assistance to Austin renters, small businesses, artists, and others. We found the City effectively managed the distribution of these economic relief funds. The Economic Development Department appears to have provided funding timely to eligible residents and...
Michigan Auditor General

Establishing Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Eligibility Criteria: Unemployment Insurance Agency Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity

The purpose of this performance audit report was to assess the effectiveness of the Unemployment Insurance Agency's actions to establish federally complaint claimant eligibility criteria for the PUA program. We ultimately concluded their actions were not effective as the agency established incorrect criteria for the PUA program and failed to take timely or appropriate corrective action when notified of deficiencies by the Department of Labor.
Oregon, Multnomah County Auditor

Pandemic Funds: Management has Policies and Procedures in Place to Manage Pandemic Funds

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented significant challenges to Multnomah County. We conducted this audit to support transparent and accountable government operations during this unprecedented time. This report details what the county spent pandemic funding on, which provider organizations received pandemic funding from the county, and whether funds were distributed in alignment with the county’s stated commitment to leading with race. In this audit, we found that county management sought to balance the need to get resources out to the community quickly with also maintaining effective policies...
Department of Labor OIG

Audit of COVID-19 Impact on MSHA’s Mandatory Inspections

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) works to prevent death, illness, and injury from mining and promote safe and healthful workplaces for US miners. The Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 requires MSHA to  inspect each underground mine in its entirety four times a year and each surface mine in its entirety two times a year. These are called regular mandatory health and safety inspections. In 2021, MSHA’s data showed approximately 12,500 mines requiring an inspection while MSHA's inspection data showed it conducted around 18,500 inspections per year. This project will audit how the COVID-19 pandemic impacted MSHA's ability to complete mandatory safety and health inspections.
 
Ohio Auditor of State

Ohio Department of Job and Family Services: Auditors Report on Unemployment Insurance Fraud

The COVID-19 Pandemic presented the Department with many challenges and obstacles including a sharp increase in the volume of unemployment claims as well as the expansion of regular unemployment benefits by the federal government. The Department did not have the man-power or technology resources to adequately deal with this drastic increase in claim activity and the addition of new federal unemployment funding. The Department’s legacy unemployment System, Ohio Job Insurance (OJI), has been in place since 2004. Due to its age and functionality, it was unable to handle the increased volume of...