Awardee Challenges in Implementing COVID_19 Vaccination Program
CDC Immunization and Vaccines for Children Cooperative Agreement awardees, which are typically State and large metropolitan area public health departments, plan for and oversee the vaccine distribution and administration process. Stakeholders have acknowledged challenges early in Phase 1 distribution and dispensing, and note that these challenges will likely span all three phases identified in the CDC's COVID-19 Vaccine Playbook. We will interview all awardees to identify the reported challenges they are facing while distributing and dispensing vaccines. We will also ask awardees about effective strategies to mitigate those challenges, new challenges they anticipate, and how HHS can best support them in distributing and dispensing COVID-19 vaccines. In doing so, this review will provide HHS with timely and actionable information to address challenges associated with the COVID-19 vaccination efforts.
Audits of Medicare Part B Laboratory Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Our preliminary analysis has shown that the number of non-COVID-19 tests billed for Medicare Part B beneficiaries during the COVID-19 pandemic has decreased compared with the 6-month period before the pandemic, and many independent laboratories have encountered challenges in providing COVID-19 testing. We will conduct a series of audits on Medicare Part B laboratory services during the pandemic that will initially focus on the effect of the pandemic on non-COVID-19 testing. The series of audits will also focus on aberrant billing of COVID-19 testing during the pandemic.
Project Announcement: Audit of the Reliability of the DoD Coronavirus Disease 2019 Patient Health Data
We plan to begin the subject audit in February 2021. The objective of this audit is to determine the extent to which the DoD can rely on its coronavirus disease 2019 patient health data to make public health and clinical care decisions.
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.
Fraud Risks Related to CDBG and ESG CARES Act Funds
HUD OIG is reviewing HUD’s fraud risks identified for funds received from the Coronavirus Aid Recovery and Economic Stability Act for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) programs. Our objective will be to gain an understanding of HUD’s fraud risk management practices and the fraud risks HUD has identified for the CDBG and ESG funds appropriated under the CARES Act and develop an inventory of fraud risks not already identified by HUD.
Audit of HHS Sole Source Contracts Awarded for COVID-19 Testing
HHS established contracts under the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the COVID-Â19 pandemic. The contracts cover more than 600 COVID-19 testing sites in 48 states and the District of Columbia. The contracts utilize a Federal bundled payment program paid directly to retailers that receive a flat fee for each test administered, with participating retailers responsible for coordinating the full, end-to-end testing. The contracts that HHS awarded to contractors were sole source contracts totaling approximately $1 billion for COVID-19 testing. We will review the awarding and management of contracts for COVID-19 testing to determine compliance with applicable Federal statutes, regulations, HHS policies and procedures, contract terms and conditions, and the allowability of claimed costs.
Multi-Dipping of Pandemic Response Funds Provided to Tribal Governments
The PRAC and pandemic OIGs identified the possibility of recipients receiving funding from multiple federal programs for the same purpose (multi-dipping) as a high risk area. This project will focus on funds received by tribal governments, and result in an information brief that identifies programs where multi-dipping has occurred in CARES Act programs allowing us to identify and scope the magnitude of the risk.
Inspection Notification: Small Business Administration's Implementation of the Economic Aid Act
The Office of Inspector General Audits Division will perform a review of the Small Business Administration’s implementation of the Economic Aid Act. The objective is to determine whether the Small Business Administration implemented the Paycheck Protection Program in accordance with the Economic Aid Act.
Assessing FY2021 Special Appropriations Related to Coronavirus Impacts
We are initiating work to assess the Amtrak’s administration of the special funds Congress provided for fiscal year 2021 under the Consolidated Appropriations Act to continue to help it respond to the coronavirus pandemic. Our objective will be to assess how the company uses, accounts for, and reports on these funds and any other special appropriations related to the coronavirus pandemic.
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.