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Department of Health and Human Services OIG

Public Health Actions Affecting Unaccompanied Children: Coordination Between CDC and the Office of Refugee Resettlement

The Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) Program, operated by the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), provides care and placement for children without lawful immigration status who do not have a parent or guardian in the United States available to take custody. In March 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a public health order intended to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Pursuant to the CDC order, the Department of Homeland Security has substantially reduced the number of children referred to the UAC Program, instead expelling such children immediately or detaining them in hotels until they are repatriated. Effective coordination between CDC and ORR is critical to ensure that HHS fulfills its responsibilities toward vulnerable children. We will assess the extent to which CDC has coordinated with ORR to ensure that the UAC Program has sufficient and timely information for effective capacity planning. We will also assess CDC's actions to determine and carry out its responsibilities toward children detained pursuant to the public health order and the extent to which CDC has consulted with ORR on issues pertaining to children's welfare.
National Science Foundation OIG

Audits of Grant Recipient Use of Temporary Administrative Flexibilities Authorized by OMB

In response to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 pandemic the Office of Management and Budget authorized temporary administrative flexibilities available to Federal grant recipients. We will be conducting audits of 10 NSF grant recipients to determine (1) whether and how each recipient implemented the temporary administrative flexibilities authorized in OMB memoranda M-20-17, M-20-20, and M-20-26 and (2) if costs claimed are allowable, allocable, reasonable, and in compliance with NSF award terms and conditions and applicable Federal requirements. The audit period for these engagements will span March 1, 2020, to September 30, 2020. 
Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration

Taxpayer Advocate Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act Inquiries

Assess the Taxpayer Advocate Service's actions to assist taxpayers in response to the implementation of the CARES Act. 
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System/Consumer Financial Protection Bureau 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.
Pandemic Response Accountability Committee

COVID Testing at Select Federal Healthcare Programs

This cross-agency project will examine COVID testing at select federal healthcare programs. To complete the work, participating OIGs will identify and report COVID-19 testing data and relevant department information. 
Department of Justice

Review Examining BOP’s Use of Home Confinement as a Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has initiated a review of the Federal Bureau of Prisons’ (BOP) use of home confinement as a tool to mitigate the effect of the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic on the federal prison population.  The review will assess the BOP’s process for implementing the use of home confinement as authorized under the CARES Act, the process for its consideration of the eligibility criteria outlined in the Attorney General’s March 26 and April 3, 2020 memoranda, and the process by which BOP headquarters evaluated wardens’ recommendations that inmates who did not meet the Attorney General’s criteria be placed in home confinement.  The review will also select particular cases for examination to determine whether there were irregularities in the BOP’s processes.  If circumstances warrant, the OIG will consider including other issues that may arise during the course of the review.  The OIG is undertaking this review in response to requests from Members of Congress, and issues the OIG identified during the series of remote inspections it has conducted regarding the BOP’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Department of Health and Human Services OIG

Infection Control at Home Health Agencies During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The coronavirus that causes the respiratory disease COVID-19 is especially dangerous for adults aged 65 years and older and those with underlying medical conditions. Medicare beneficiaries receiving home health services may be at a high risk of developing severe illness from COVID-19. Home health services are covered for the elderly and disabled under the Medicare program. Home health services may include skilled nursing care, physical therapy, speech-language pathology, occupational therapy, and medical supplies. Home health agencies (HHAs) must meet certain requirements to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs, including meeting infection prevention and control standards. On March 10, 2020, CMS issued a State Survey Directors Letter, "Guidance for Infection Control and Prevention Concerning Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Home Health Agencies (HHAs)," to provide HHAs with guidance on addressing the outbreak and minimizing transmission. Home health workers often travel to several homes on a weekly basis, which increases their risk of exposure to the COVID-19 and increases the risk of infection among Medicare beneficiaries. HHAs must maintain a coordinated agencywide program for the surveillance, identification, prevention, control, and investigation of infectious and communicable diseases. We will interview corporate officers from the three HHA providers with the largest market share in 2019 as well as HHAs that have recently been cited by CMS for infection control and prevention deficiencies to determine the extent to which their infection control and prevention policy and procedures comply with CMS guidance regarding COVID-19.
Department of Health and Human Services OIG

HHS and ASPR Actions Related to Resources, Supplies, and Treatments Needed to Address COVID-19

HHS may take a variety of actions in response to an emerging infectious disease, including, but not limited to, actions related to resources, supplies, and treatments needed to address COVID-19. This study will examine actions taken by HHS, including the Office of Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, to protect public health in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Pandemic Response Accountability Committee

Sole Source Contracting

This cross-agency project will examine federal contracts related to the COVID-19 pandemic that were awarded to first-time federal contractors without competitive bidding.
Department of Homeland Security OIG

Audit of USCIS' Ability to Process and Administer Immigration and Naturalization Benefits Requests During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Determine the effectiveness of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) technology systems to provide timely and accurate electronic processing of immigration and naturalization benefit requests while field locations, asylum offices and application support centers were closed or operating on a reduced workforce during the COVID-19 pandemic.