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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 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 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.

Federal Reserve Board & CFPB OIG

Evaluation of Third-Party Cybersecurity Risk Management Processes for Vendors Supporting the Main Street Lending Program (MSLP) and the Secondary Market Corporate Credit Facility (SMCCF)

In response to the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Board created new lending programs and facilities to provide loans to employers, certain businesses, and communities across the country to support the U.S. economy. To support the implementation of specific programs and facilities, the Federal Reserve Banks have contracted with third-party vendors for various services, such as administrative, custodial, legal, design, and investment management services. These vendors provide data generated from the operations and management of the facilities to the Reserve Banks, who then provide the data to the Board. We plan to evaluate the effectiveness of (1) the risk management processes designed to ensure that effective information security and data integrity controls are implemented by third parties supporting the administration of the MSLP and the SMCCF and (2) select security controls managed by the Reserve Banks for selected systems that process and maintain MSLP and SMCCF data.

Department of Housing and Urban Development OIG

Public and Indian Housing Supplemental Operating Funds

HUD OIG is conducting a limited review of HUD's administration of supplemental operating funds under the CARES Act. The CARES Act authorized an additional $685 million in public housing operating funds to prevent, prepare for, and respond to COVID-19.  The review objective is to assess Public Housing Agencies' (PHA) experiences and challenges and HUD's efforts in providing guidance related to the administration of supplemental operating funds under the CARES Act.

Department of Housing and Urban Development OIG

Status of Office of Native American Programs (ONAP) CARES Act Funds

HUD OIG is conducting a limited review of the emergency Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) and Indian Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG) funds authorized under the CARES Act.  HUD awarded $200 million in IHBG CARES Act funding and $100 million in ICDBG CARES Act funding.  The audit objective is to determine the status of emergency IHBG and ICDBG CARES Act funds and any areas of potential concern.

Department of Housing and Urban Development OIG

HUD's Oversight of REAC Inspections

HUD OIG is auditing HUD's Real Estate Assessment Center (REAC) inspection process. REAC's inspection process helps to ensure decent, safe and sanitary affordable public housing . The audit objectives are to (1) determine whether HUD's Real Estate Assessment Center ensured that, before it postponed physical inspections due to COVID-19, public housing properties were inspected within required timeframes, (2) evaluate the Center’s plan to restart inspections of public housing properties that were postponed due to COVID-19, and (3) determine whether the Center was evaluating the physical conditions of public housing properties approved under the NSPIRE demonstration program to ensure that residents were living in decent, safe, and sanitary housing.

Federal Reserve Board & CFPB OIG

Audit of the Board's Data Aggregation, Validation, and Reporting Processes for its CARES Act Lending Programs

Section 4026 of the CARES Act and section 13(3) of the Federal Reserve Act require the Board to report certain information regarding its emergency lending programs. The Board has stated its commitment to transparency and accountability by announcing that it will report, on a monthly basis, information on the lending programs using CARES Act funding, including the names and details of the participants in each program; the amounts borrowed and the interest rate charged; and overall costs, revenues, and fees for each program. The Board also reports aggregate information on its weekly comprehensive balance sheet, which is publicly available. We plan to assess the Board’s processes for aggregating and reporting lending information related to its CARES Act programs, including the data validation processes it uses to ensure that the information is current, accurate, and complete.