FEMA’s DRF Lost Wages Assistance to States and Territories
Determine to what extent FEMA ensured states and territories distributed supplemental state lost wage assistance from the Disaster Relief Fund (DRF) to eligible recipients. The primary scope of our audit will be FEMA’s supplemental LWA program. Specifically, the $44 billion states and territories distributed from FEMA’s DRF from August 1, 2020 through the week ending December 27, 2020.
Evaluation of Combatant Commands Communication Challenges with Foreign Nation Partners during the COVID-19 Pandemic and Mitigation Efforts
We plan to begin the subject evaluation in June 2021. The objective of this evaluation is to determine how U.S. Africa Command, U.S. Central Command, U.S. European Command, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, U.S. Southern Command, and their Component Commands mitigated communication problems with partner nations during the COVID-19 pandemic, document those mitigation strategies, and consider whether these strategies should be employed in future operations where personal interaction is not possible. We may revise the objective as the evaluation proceeds, and we will consider suggestions from management for additional or revised objectives.
Audit of the Main Street Lending Program
The Office of the Special Inspector General for Pandemic Recovery is evaluating funds that were allocated to the Federal Reserve System’s Main Street Lending Program (MSLP), which had 319 lenders and 1,830 borrowers participating in loans totaling more than $17 billion. The objectives of the audit are to 1) assess the process used by banks to issue loans under the MSLP program; 2) evaluate the process used by the Federal Reserve’s Special Purpose Vehicle to purchase the loans; 3) determine vulnerabilities based on a risk-based analysis; and 4) identify specific areas that warrant further audit work.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’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.
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.