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Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration

Review of Internal Revenue Service's Pandemic Hiring Practices

TIGTA is initiating a review to determine whether expedited hiring practices during the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic present potential security risks by assessing the effectiveness of fingerprinting and hiring activities, including inspection of employment eligibility documents.  It plans to identify newly established policies and guidance implemented to facilitate hiring during the pandemic, obtain extracts of new hires from 3/23/20 through 7/17/21 where either fingerprinting or Form I-9 physical inspection of identity documents was deferred, and determine whether hiring records comply with the requirements of the newly established policies and guidance implemented to facilitate hiring during the pandemic.
 
Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration

American Rescue Plan Act Information Technology Funding

TIGTA is initiating a review of the IRS's oversight of the IRS's Information Technology organization's oversight of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) funding. ARPA is the latest in a series of coronavirus pandemic-related relief and economic stimulus legislation.  It includes approximately $1.9 trillion in economic relief and stimulus to address the continuing impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the economy, public health, state and local governments, individuals, and businesses.  ARPA provides the IRS with approximately $1.8 billion for the implementation of numerous tax-related provisions intended to provide relief to individuals and businesses and to modernize and secure its systems.  The IT organization was allocated approximately $1 billion of these funds for the systems work.
Pandemic Response Accountability Committee

Telehealth Services in Select Federal Health Care Programs

Throughout the pandemic, the use of telehealth has been critically important to ensure continued and expanded access to care while reducing the risks of exposure and spread of COVID-19.  As the effects of the pandemic are still being felt throughout the Nation, there are questions about how telehealth can best be used to meet the needs of beneficiaries in the future. The PRAC will conduct and coordinate a review of six Federal healthcare programs to identify the nature of telehealth across these programs and to identify any potential integrity risks associated with telehealth programs and the facilitation of telehealth care.
Department of Defense OIG

Audit of DoD Actions Taken to Implement Cybersecurity Protections Over Remote Access Software in the Coronavirus Disease–2019 Telework Environment

We are conducting the subject audit at the request of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform. The objective of this audit is to determine the actions taken by the DoD to configure remote access software used to facilitate telework during the COVID-19 pandemic to protect DoD networks and systems from potential malicious activity. We will also determine the extent to which the DoD implemented security controls to protect remote connections to its networks. We may revise the objective as the audit proceeds, and we will consider suggestions from management for additional or revised objectives.

Department of Defense OIG

Audit of DoD Actions Taken to Protect DoD Information When Using Collaboration Tools During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The objective of this audit is to determine whether DoD’s deployment of collaboration tools used to facilitate telework during the coronavirus disease–2019 (COVID-19) pandemic exposed DoD networks and systems to potential malicious activity, and the extent to which the DoD implemented security controls to protect the collaboration tools used on its networks. We will perform this audit in accordance with generally accepted government auditing standards. We may revise the objective as the audit proceeds, and we will consider suggestions from DoD management for additional or revised objectives.

Department of Labor OIG

Audit of Employment and Training Grant Subrecipients

In March 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic caused many of ETA’s job training programs to cease operation. This interrupted participants’ job training, hence potentially preventing them from completing their training and getting a job in the areas they were trained. This audit will assess the impact of the pandemic on ETA’s job training programs by reviewing which and how many job training programs were interrupted and how ETA was able to resume training and ensure participants completed training programs they had started prior to the pandemic.
 
Department of Education OIG

University of Cincinnati’s Use of Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Student Aid and Institutional Grants

To determine whether University of Cincinnati used the Student Aid (84.425E) and Institutional (84.425F) portions of its Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) funds for allowable and intended purposes.
Department of Homeland Security OIG

FEMA's Federal Medical Supply Chain in Response to COVID-19

To determine to what extent FEMA managed and distributed medical supplies and equipment in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Department of Labor OIG

Audit of COVID-19 Impact on MSHA’s Mandatory Inspections

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) works to prevent death, illness, and injury from mining and promote safe and healthful workplaces for US miners. The Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 requires MSHA to  inspect each underground mine in its entirety four times a year and each surface mine in its entirety two times a year. These are called regular mandatory health and safety inspections. In 2021, MSHA’s data showed approximately 12,500 mines requiring an inspection while MSHA's inspection data showed it conducted around 18,500 inspections per year. This project will audit how the COVID-19 pandemic impacted MSHA's ability to complete mandatory safety and health inspections.
 
Department of Labor OIG

Performance Audit of the Mixed Earners Unemployment Compensation (MEUC) program under the Continued Assistance for Unemployed Workers Act (Continued Assistance Act) and the America Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)

DOL and states found themselves unprepared for the overwhelming circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and struggled to implement CARES Act UI Programs and Continue Assistance Act which added the Mixed Earners Unemployment Compensation (MEUC) program. MEUC is a new temporary, federal program that provides an extra unemployment income to self-employed individuals. As unprecedented levels of unemployment resulted in millions of jobless Americans applying for unemployment benefits during the pandemic this also led to states reporting an inability to process claims, complete required reporting, or perform required overpayment detection procedures due to an inability to hire sufficient levels of staffing. The objective of this audit is to determine how states implemented the MEUC program.