MITRE Research Study - Identity Fraud Victim Redress Study
The Pandemic Response Accountability Committee (PRAC) is initiating a study to identify fraud victim redress processes and systems to propose a U.S. model for government benefit programs. We will be conducting this study with the assistance of MITRE, a federally funded research and development corporation. We have coordinated this project with the Chair of the PRAC’s Identity Fraud Reduction Redress Working Group, which includes several Offices of Inspectors General. We will be conducting this project under the authorities found in Section 15010 of the CARES Act.
Personnel Shortages for Federal Health Care Programs During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Personnel supporting Federal health care programs are a resource critical to the Federal COVID-19 pandemic response efforts. Health care facilities must be prepared for potential personnel shortages and must have plans and processes in place to mitigate these shortages to combat the COVID-19 pandemic and future pandemics. The PRAC will coordinate a review of four Federal health care programs to determine whether these programs, or the providers they reimburse, experienced shortages in health care personnel during the pandemic, the impact of those health care personnel shortages, and strategies used by the Departments to reduce shortages of health care personnel for future pandemics.
Telehealth Services in Select Federal Health Care Programs
COVID-19 Pandemic Impact - Select Case Studies
Federal agencies were allocated more than $5 trillion in pandemic response funding to be disbursed to the public and to state and local governments, where a state or local government could have received pandemic response funds from multiple federal programs to improve the overall pandemic response in their communities. Access to information about the total amount of funds received, the purpose of those funds, and the progress made toward achieving the program goals and objectives is not always centralized and can be difficult for the public to track down or may not even be available to the public. The PRAC will conduct impact case studies at 6 different locations and seek to identify the federal pandemic response funds provided to the 6 locations and the purpose of those funds, and to determine if the federal program spending aligned with the intended goals and objectives. The 6 locations identified for this project include: Springfield, Massachusetts; Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; Marion County, Georgia; Sheridan County, Nebraska; White Earth Indian Nation, Minnesota; and Jicarilla Apache Nation, New Mexico.
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.
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.
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.
Follow‐up Inspection of COVID‐19 Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL), Emergency EIDL Grants, And Targeted EIDL Advances to Ineligible Entities
The Office of Inspector General Audits Division will perform a Follow‐up Inspection of COVID‐19 Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL), Emergency EIDL Grants, and Targeted EIDL Advances to determine whether SBA has internal controls in place to prevent ineligible entities, that were not in business on January 31, 2020, from receiving this federal assistance.
SBA’s Controls Over COVID-19 EIDL Applications Submitted from Foreign IP Addresses
The Office of Inspector General Audits Division will conduct a review of SBA’s controls over COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) applications submitted from Foreign IP Addresses. Our objective is to assess SBA’s internal controls in place to flag and prevent potentially fraudulent applications for the COVID-19 EIDL program submitted to SBA from foreign IP addresses, which are not U.S. Territories.
The COVID-19 Assistance Information Systems Security Controls
The Office of Inspector General, Audits Division will conduct an evaluation of the COVID-19 assistance information systems security controls. Our objective is to determine what internal controls the organization designed to address third-party contractor system cybersecurity risks caused by COVID-related economic relief transactions.