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Pandemic Response Accountability Committee

Acquisition and Grants Workforce Assessment

The CARES Act requires that the PRAC conduct and coordinate oversight of covered funds and the Coronavirus response and support Inspectors General in the oversight of covered funds and the Coronavirus response. The purpose of this review is to assess the resources (staffing, training, IT, oversight, and resources overall) available to the acquisition and grants workforce in their implementation of contracts and grants funded with COVID-19 response funds. The resulting report will meet the requirements outlined in the CARES Act and present an assessment of information obtained during the data call, including any trends, best practices, or challenges.

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.

Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration

Implementation of Sections 2303 and 2304 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act temporarily repealed certain restrictions imposed by the Tax Cut and Jobs Act of 2017 affecting net operating loss carrybacks (NOLs), and altered other NOL rules.  The objective of this review is to assess the Internal Revenue Service’s efforts to promote non-corporate business taxpayer compliance with Sections 2303 (relating to NOLs) and 2304 (relating to excess business losses) of the CARES Act.  

Small Business Administration OIG

Evaluation of SBA’s Awards to Highlight Technologies LLC to Meet Emerging Needs Related to COVID-19

The Office of Inspector General will conduct an evaluation of SBA’s awards made to Highlight Technologies LLC to meet emerging needs related to impacts of COVID-19. Our project is part of a series of reviews of contracts SBA awarded to support CARES Act and other COVID-19 related legislation programs. Our objective is to determine if SBA issued the blanket purchase agreement and contract modifications in accordance with federal laws, regulations, and internal guidance.

Pandemic Response Accountability Committee

Best Practices for State Unemployment Insurance Benefits Programs Study

The PRAC will be conducting this project with the assistance of MITRE, a federally funded research and development corporation. This project will research to identify best practices and lessons learned from pandemic response in state unemployment insurance (UI) benefits programs. 

Small Business Administration OIG

Small Business Administration’s Implementation of the Restaurant Revitalization Fund

The Office of Inspector General Audits Division will perform an evaluation of the Small Business Administration’s implementation of the Restaurant Revitalization Fund. Our objectives are to determine if SBA designed the program to (1) align with the American Rescue Plan Act requirements including whether designated groups were prioritized and (2) minimize the risk of financial loss.

Department of Homeland Security OIG

FEMA's Civil Rights Advisory Group

To determine to what extent FEMA is ensuring its COVID-19 Civil Rights Advisory Group is working to eliminate inequities in FEMA activities.  The team will evaluate the policies and procedures related to work and structure of the Civil Rights Advisory Group.  Also, the team will review the Civil Rights Advisory Group oversight of the selection process of CVCs locations and any other FEMA decisions concerning equity issues.
 

Department of Homeland Security OIG

DHS’s Air Transportation of Individual, Family Unit and UC Migrants on Commercial Flight

 To determine the extent to which DHS mitigates public safety risks while domestically transporting migrants on commercial flights. This audit will focus on DHS’ ability to mitigate risks while transporting individual, family units, or UC by air transportation within the United States.  Specifically, the audit will determine the effectiveness of DHS’ ability to screen migrants prior to boarding a commercial flight.  The audit team will focus on the use of ICE transportation contracts, coordination between CBP and HHS, and special screening procedures in place by Transportation Security Administration (TSA) since October 1, 2019.
 

Delaware State Auditor of Accounts

Examination of Jeanne Jugan Long-Term Healthcare Facility

The State of Delaware is required to ensure that the fiscal records at nursing care facilities are retained and properly support the cost report – which is the financial report showing the cost and charges related to Medicaid activities – submitted to the Medicaid Agency. These costs must comply with federal and state regulations. This examination could not be completed because of a severe lack of documentation. Administration at the Jeanne Jugan Residence was unable to produce sufficient data showing how many patients were served each day. Without accurate patient census data, it was impossible to determine  whether the facility costs billed to state government were correct.
 

Small Business Administration OIG

COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan and Advance Grant Recipients on the Department of Treasury's Do Not Pay List

The Office of Inspector General Audits Division will collaborate with the Department of Treasury's Do Not Pay team to perform an eligibility assessment of SBA's COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) program loan and advance grant applicants.  The objective of the review is to determine whether SBA implemented adequate administrative controls to prevent potential improper payments before the release of any federal funds.  The scope will generally cover EIDL loans and advance grants disbursed between March 2020 and November 2020.