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Department of Labor OIG

COVID 19 – UI Claims With Deceased Persons' Social Security Numbers

In September 2022, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) alerted U.S. Department of Labor to over $45 billion in potential fraud paid in four high-risk areas. One high-risk area was Unemployment Insurance (UI) claimants filing with Social Security numbers (SSN) of deceased persons. Through Employment and Training Administration (ETA), the OIG provided states with underlying methodology as well as specific claimant information for follow-up action. This audit will examine the extent to which ETA and states have taken action to follow up on potentially fraudulent CARES Act UI claims filed with SSNs of deceased persons identified and referred by the OIG.

Department of Labor OIG

COVID-19 – UI Claims with Federal Prisoners' Social Security Numbers

In September 2022, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) alerted U.S. Department of Labor to over $45 billion in potential fraud paid in four high-risk areas. One high-risk area was UI claimants filing with Social Security numbers (SSNs) of federal prisoners. Through Employment and Training Administration (ETA), the OIG provided states with underlying methodology as well as specific claimant information for follow-up action. This audit will examine the extent to which ETA and states have taken action to follow up on potentially fraudulent CARES Act Unemployment Insurance (UI)claims filed with SSNs of federal prisoners identified and referred by the OIG. 

Department of Labor OIG

COVID-19 – Multi-State UI Claimants

In September 2022, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) alerted the U.S. Department of Labor to over $45 billion in potential fraud paid in four high-risk areas. Multistate claimants were the largest high-risk area. Through Employment and Training Administration (ETA) the OIG provided states with underlying methodology as well as specific claimant information for follow-up action. This audit will examine the extent to which ETA and states have taken action to follow up on potentially fraudulent CARES Act Unemployment Insurance (UI) claims identified and referred by the OIG.

Department of Labor OIG

COVID-19 – UI Claims with Suspicious Email Accounts

In September 2022, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) alerted U.S. Department of Labor to over $45 billion in potential fraud paid in four high-risk areas. One high-risk area was Unemployment Insurance (UI) claimants filing with suspicious email accounts. Through Employment and Training Administration (ETA), the OIG provided states with underlying methodology as well as specific claimant information for follow-up action. This audit will examine the extent to which ETA and states have taken action to follow up on potentially fraudulent CARES Act UI claims filed with suspicious email accounts identified and referred by the OIG.

Department of Education OIG

Kentucky Department of Education’s Oversight of American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund Subgrants to Local Educational Agencies

The purpose of the audit is to determine whether the Kentucky Department of Education has an adequate oversight process in place to ensure that (1) local educational agencies’ American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund plans met applicable requirements and (2) LEAs use ARP ESSER funds in accordance with applicable requirements and the approved LEA ARP ESSER plan.

Department of Education OIG

Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction’s Oversight of American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund Subgrants to Local Educational Agencies

The purpose of the audit is to determine whether the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction has an adequate oversight process in place to ensure that (1) local educational agencies’  American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief plans met applicable requirements and (2) LEAs use ARP ESSER funds in accordance with applicable requirements and the approved LEA ARP ESSER plan.

Department of Labor OIG

COVID-19 – Alert Memo Third-Party Identity Service Contractor

There have been multiple public and private reports that identity service contractors did not provide equitable access to unemployment compensation and mishandled confidential information. We will determine if Employment and Training Administration (ETA) and states provided sufficient oversight from March 27, 2000 – present over facial recognition technology used by identity service contractors. 

Department of Labor OIG

COVID-19 – Alert Memo: Data Warehousing and Analytics to Prevent UI Fraud

As of March 2021, DOL reported approximately 77 million additional workers had filed initial jobless claims from March 2020 to March 2021. In June 2021, DOL OIG issued a request for updated data to ETA and State Workforce Agencies (SWA) for updated data; once received, OIG data analysis identified $1.3 billion in potentially fraudulent UI benefits paid to claimants in two high-risk categories based on claimant age groups: (1) children under the age of 14 years old, and (2) adults 100 years of age or older. Given the magnitude of payments made to potentially likelihood of ineligible claimants in these age categories groups, we are developing an alert memo to bring immediate attention to this issue.

General Services Administration OIG

Audit of GSA's Response to COVID-19: Assessment of Water Quality in GSA-Controlled Facilities

The preliminary objective of the audit is to determine if GSA implemented guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, as well as followed GSA policies, to ensure the water is safe in GSA-controlled facilities after decreased occupancy from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Department of Education OIG

Federal Student Aid's Processes for R2T4 Waivers Loan Cancellations and Pell Exclusions

The purpose of the audit is to determine whether Federal Student Aid has adequate processes (1) for students who withdrew because of the coronavirus pandemic, to waive the return of Title IV (R2T4) requirements, cancel Direct Loans received during the payment period, and exclude Pell Grants received during the payment period from Federal Pell lifetime usage; and (2) for schools to report the number and amounts of R2T4 waivers applied.