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.
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.
CBP Testing of Migrants for COVID-19 at the U.S. Border with Mexico
To determine to what extent CBP is currently testing or plans to test migrants for COVID-19 at the U.S. border with Mexico.
Audit of FEMA’s Controls over Mission Assignments in Response to COVID-19
The objective is to determine to what extent FEMA develops and oversees mission assignments for COVID-19 in accordance with FEMA’s policies and procedures.
DHS Prioritization of Frontline and Mission-Critical Employees for COVID-19 Vaccines
- Evaluate how DHS determined employee status for placement into vaccine distribution priority groups and how, in conjunction with the Veterans Health Administration, DHS planned to triage and distribute available vaccine inventory and vaccinate frontline, mission-critical DHS staff
- Evaluate how DHS executed its plan.
FEMA's Administration of CARES Act Funding for the Emergency Food and Shelter Program
Determine whether FEMA is administering CARES Act funding for the EFSP in accordance with CARES Act and Federal requirements to meet program goals.
Audit of USAID's Missions Capacity to Monitor During COVID-19
USAID missions are faced with the unprecedented burdens of continuing operations and routine monitoring of activities in the field—despite the constraints posed by the pandemic. The audit objectives are to (1) determine the extent to which USAID missions’ capacity to monitor programs has been impacted by COVID-19 and (2) assess to what extent USAID has taken steps to mitigate the effects of the pandemic on program monitoring.