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California State Auditor

California Department of Education:It Needs to Provide Better Oversight to Ensure That Local Educational Agencies Promptly and Effectively Use Federal COVID‑19 Funds

We conducted a state high‑risk audit of the California Department of Education’s (Education) management of the federal funding it received to help local educational agencies (LEAs) respond to the COVID‑19 pandemic. The following report details our conclusion that Education must improve its oversight of these funds from the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund and the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund to ensure that LEAs spend the funding before the associated deadlines and comply with relevant requirements.
Department of Housing and Urban Development

CDBG CARES Act Grantee Challenges

HUD OIG is reviewing HUD’s Office of Community Planning and Development’s (CPD) HUD’s Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Community Development Block Grants (CDBG-CV) program.  The CARES Act provided $4.9 billion in CCDBG-CV funds to be used to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus.  Our objective is to determine what challenges grantees faced in obligating and spending their allocated CDBG-CV funds for activities that prepare for, prevent, or respond to COVID-19 and its impact.

Department of the Treasury OIG

Review of COVID-19 Business Tax Relief Provisions on Original and Amended Tax Returns

The objective of this review is to assess the IRS’s processes and procedures to ensure the accuracy and validity of COVID‐19 related employer tax credits on original and amended tax returns. 
 

Department of Justice OIG

Office on Violence Against Women's Administration Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic

The OIG is conducting an audit of the Office on Violence Against Women’s Grant Administration due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.  The preliminary objectives are to assess: (1) the grant administration and monitoring during the pandemic and (2) the guidance and assistance provided to grant recipients for addressing any increased risks to effective program implementation and to violence against women.

Department of Labor OIG

Audit of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Adequacy of Plans and Use of Funds Provided under the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act

Department of Defense OIG

Evaluation of Department of Defense Military Medical Treatment Facility Challenges During the Coronavirus Disease-2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic in Fiscal Year 2021

We plan to begin the subject evaluation in August 2021. The objective of this evaluation is to determine the challenges, concerns, and needs encountered by medical personnel working at DoD Military Medical Treatment Facilities (MTFs) during the COVID-19 pandemic. We may revise the objective as the evaluation proceeds, and we will also consider suggestions from management for additional or revised objectives.

Department of Labor OIG

COVID 19: Audit of States' Use of Staffing to Support Implementation of CARES Act UI Programs

Department of Labor OIG

COVID 19: Audit of Emergency Unemployment Relief for Government Entities and Non-Profit Organizations Program (EURGENO)

Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration

Continued Assessment of the IRS’s Efforts to Address the Backlog of Its Tax Processing Operations

The overall objective of this review is  to continue to assess the IRS’s efforts to address backlogs of work in its various Submission Processing functions both carried over from the 2020 Filing Season and additional backlogs resulting from the IRS’s inability to timely process tax returns and other tax account work received during the 2021 Filing Season.  This review addresses the major management challenge of Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic. 

Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration

Review of IRS’s Customer Service Efforts to Assist Taxpayers With the Child Tax Credit Portal and Non-Portal Updates

The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration is initiating a review of the Internal Revenue Service’s customer service efforts to assist taxpayers in determining their eligibility and updating their personal information in order to qualify for advance payments of the Child Tax Credit.  The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021,  which became law on March 11, 2021, increases the amount of the Child Tax Credit from $2,000 to $3,000 per child under the age of 18 ($3,600 for children under 6). The American Rescue Plan Act also requires the IRS to develop an online portal, known as the Child Tax Credit Update Portal.  Taxpayers that do not have access to the Internet will be able to contact the IRS using a dedicated phone line or visit a Taxpayer Assistance Center to either opt-out or update their information.