University of Cincinnati’s Use of Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Student Aid and Institutional Grants
Audit of the State of Michigan’s Administration of the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund (GEER) Grant
Determine whether Michigan designed and implemented (1) awarding processes that ensured that the GEER grant was used to support local educational agencies (LEAs) and institutions of higher education (IHEs) that were most significantly impacted by the coronavirus or LEAs, IHEs, or other education-related entities within the State that were deemed essential for carrying out emergency educational services, and (2) monitoring processes to ensure that subgrantees used GEER grant funds in accordance with the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and other applicable Federal requirements.
FEMA’s Workforce Management During Concurrent Events
To determine if FEMA is effectively planning, managing and deploying its workforce to successfully respond to concurrent and consecutive disasters and emergencies, including assisting other DHS Components or Federal Agencies. Specifically, this audit will consider how FEMA is balancing its portfolio (within scope) of 349 ongoing natural disasters plus 159 active COVID-19 pandemic declarations, in addition to assisting with the influx of migrants and unaccompanied minors at the southern border.
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.
FEMA’s DRF Lost Wages Assistance to States and Territories
Determine to what extent FEMA ensured states and territories distributed supplemental state lost wage assistance from the Disaster Relief Fund (DRF) to eligible recipients. The primary scope of our audit will be FEMA’s supplemental LWA program. Specifically, the $44 billion states and territories distributed from FEMA’s DRF from August 1, 2020 through the week ending December 27, 2020.
FEMA's Civil Rights Advisory Group
To determine to what extent FEMA is ensuring its COVID-19 Civil Rights Advisory Group is working to eliminate inequities in FEMA activities. The team will evaluate the policies and procedures related to work and structure of the Civil Rights Advisory Group. Also, the team will review the Civil Rights Advisory Group oversight of the selection process of CVCs locations and any other FEMA decisions concerning equity issues.
DHS’s Air Transportation of Individual, Family Unit and UC Migrants on Commercial Flight
To determine the extent to which DHS mitigates public safety risks while domestically transporting migrants on commercial flights. This audit will focus on DHS’ ability to mitigate risks while transporting individual, family units, or UC by air transportation within the United States. Specifically, the audit will determine the effectiveness of DHS’ ability to screen migrants prior to boarding a commercial flight. The audit team will focus on the use of ICE transportation contracts, coordination between CBP and HHS, and special screening procedures in place by Transportation Security Administration (TSA) since October 1, 2019.
Audit of the Office of Postsecondary Education’s Oversight of Higher Education Emergency Relief Grant Funds
The purpose of the audit is to determine whether the Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE) has an adequate process in place to ensure that grantees use Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) grant funds appropriately and performance goals are met.
Review of State Plans for Use of Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Funds
The objectives of our review are to (1) review states’ initial 45-day GEER Fund reports to determine how states plan to allocate funds to entities within the three authorized categories: (a) local educational agencies, (b) institutions of higher education, and (c) education-related entities, and the criteria upon which these decisions were based; and (2) review GEER Fund annual reports to identify changes to and progress made from the initial plans in the 45-day reports.