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Department of Homeland Security OIG

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.

Department of Housing and Urban Development OIG

HUD’s Office of Community Planning and Development’s (CPD) Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG-CV) program

HUD OIG is reviewing HUD’s Office of Community Planning and Development’s (CPD) Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG-CV) program.  The CARES Act provided $4 billion in ESG-CV funds to be used to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus, among individuals and families who are homeless or receiving homeless assistance.  Our objective is to determine what challenges grantees of ESG-CV funds have faced in implementing the program and utilizing grant funds.
 

Department of Housing and Urban Development OIG

Disaster Preparedness of Federal Agencies

HUD OIG will summarize the conclusions/findings and recommendations reported by seven participating OIGs and the General Accountability Office related to natural disaster preparedness.  Our objective is to inform Federal agencies and the OIG community of the reported conclusions/findings and recommendations regarding preparing for and responding to natural disasters.
 

Department of Homeland Security OIG

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. 

Department of Homeland Security OIG

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.

Department of Housing and Urban Development OIG

Temporary Endorsement Policy Related to COVID-19 Forbearance Activity

HUD OIG is auditing HUD’s administration of its temporary endorsement policy related to COVID-19 forbearance activity.  The temporary policy allowed mortgagees to endorse mortgages that were placed into forbearance prior to endorsement as long as they met certain requirements and executed a 2-year partial indemnification agreement.  Our objectives are to determine whether the policy was properly followed by mortgagees, review HUD’s plan to monitor and enforce the indemnification agreements, and review HUD’s decision to end the policy.

Department of Homeland Security OIG

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.
 

Department of Homeland Security OIG

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.
 

Department of Housing and Urban Development OIG

HUD Communication to Homeowners Regarding COVID-19 Policies

HUD OIG is auditing HUD’s proactive communication to homeowners with FHA-insured single family mortgages.  The CARES Act and various HUD guidance contain key information that is relevant for homeowners such as details about mortgage loan forbearance protections.  Our objective is to assess HUD’s communication to homeowners through its website, joint website, and other proactive methods about protections, repayment options, loss mitigation options, and responsibilities related to COVID-19.

Department of Housing and Urban Development OIG

Impact of COVID-19 on Nursing Homes

HUD OIG is conducting a review of HUD's Office of Residential Care Facilities.  Media reports have shown that the COVID-19 virus impacted nursing homes nationwide.  Our audit objective is to determine the biggest challenges that nursing home owners face related to COVID-19 and whether they are prepared to meet their future financial obligations.