Audit of Indian Health Service's COVID-19 Vaccine Policies and Procedures for COVID-19 Vaccines Distributed to Tribal Health Programs
The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) populations nationwide. We will focus on IHS's coordination of the distribution, allocation, and administration of the vaccine to Tribal Health Programs. The objective of this audit is to determine whether IHS followed the Memorandum of Agreement for the CDC COVID-19 Federal Agency Vaccination Program and the IHS COVID-19 Pandemic Vaccine Plan to coordinate the distribution, allocation, and administration of the vaccines to Tribal Health Programs to protect AI/AN beneficiaries.
Yearend Review of Opioid Use in Medicare Part D in 2020
Identifying patients who are at-risk of overdose or abuse is key to addressing this crisis. The COVID-19 pandemic has made this need even more pressing. The National Institutes of Health recently warned that individuals with opioiduse disorder could be particularly hard hit by COVID-19, which is a respiratory virus that attacks the lungs. Respiratory disease is known to increase mortality risks among people taking opioids. This data brief would provide information on opioid utilization among beneficiaries enrolled in Medicare Part D in 2020.
Economic Impact Payment Tax Filing Reconciliation for Individuals
The objective of this review is to assess the IRS’s processing of the Recovery Rebate Credit claims during the 2021 Filing Season, including ensuring that taxpayers are properly reconciling advanced Economic Impact Payments received during Calendar Year 2020.
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, signed into law on March 27, 2020 created a refundable tax credit, the Recovery Rebate Credit (RRC) of up to $1,200 per eligible adult and $500 for each qualifying child to be applied toward income earned during Tax Year 2020. The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, enacted on December 27, 2020, created an additional RRC of up to $600 for each eligible individual and $600 for each eligible child. These Acts authorized the IRS to make advance payments of the credits using an individual’s Tax Year 2018 or Tax Year 2019 tax return.
Department’s Processes for Implementing CARES Act Related Flexibilities to TEACH Grant Service Obligations
Evaluate the Department’s plans/processes to ensure TEACH grantees receive full-time credit toward their service obligations for part-time and temporarily interrupted service due to COVID-19.
Identifying Transparency Gaps in the USAspending and PandemicOversight.gov Award Data
The PRAC will review the degree of transparency provided in publicly available award-level data for federal relief and assistance spending in response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. The resulting report will build off the PRAC-commissioned report, "Gaps in CARES Act Data Sources and How to Close Them", and provide Congress, policymakers, and the public with specific examples of gaps in the award-level data for federal relief and assistance spending in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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.
Audit of FAA's Award and Oversight of CARES Act Funds
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act designated $10 billion to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to support continuing operations at U.S. airports following the sharp decline in passenger traffic and other airport business due to the COVID-19 public health emergency. By the end of fiscal year 2020, FAA had obligated approximately $9.4 billion in formula grants to airports for such purposes as capital expenditures, operating expenses (including payroll and utilities), and debt payments. We are initiating this audit because the act also provided $5 million to OIG for conducting oversight of DOT projects and activities supported by CARES Act funds. Our objective is to assess whether FAA’s policies and procedures for awarding and overseeing CARES Act grants are sufficient to protect taxpayer interests.
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.
Project Announcement: Audit of DoD Implementation of the DoD Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccine Distribution Plan
We plan to begin this audit in February 2021. The objective of this audit is to determine whether DoD officials effectively distributed and administered coronavirus disease 2019 vaccines to DoD's workforce in accordance with DoD guidance.
Desk Review of the State of Alaska
The objective of this desk review is to evaluate the State of Alaska documentation supporting the uses of its Coronavirus Relief Fund proceeds as reported in GrantSolutions, and to assess risk of unallowable use of funds. The scope of our review will include obligation and expenditure data for the period March 1 through December 31, 2020, as reported in cycles 1 through 3 in the GrantSolutions portal.