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National Science Foundation OIG

Review of NSF’s Strategy for Identifying and Responding to Risks and Impacts of COVID-19

The objective of this engagement is to review NSF’s high-level strategy for identifying and responding to risks and impacts of COVID-19 on both the agency and its recipients.
Department of Labor OIG

Audit of DOL and States Implementation of CARES Act Unemployment Insurance Provisions

Department of Health and Human Services OIG

Audit of CMS's Controls Over the Expanded Accelerated and Advance Payment Program Payments and Recovery

 This work will provide details of the effectiveness of CMS controls over its Accelerated and Advance Payment Program (AAP) payments to providers and payment recovery. We will obtain data and meet with program officials to understand CMS's eligibility determination process for AAP payments and the steps CMS will have taken to recover such funds in compliance with the CARES Act and other Federal requirements. The objectives of our work will be to determine whether CMS made AAP payments to eligible providers and implemented controls to recover the AAP payments in compliance with the CARES Act and other Federal requirements. We will also evaluate a select group of providers to determine whether they were eligible for AAP payments, and their efforts to repay CMS in compliance with the CARES Act and other Federal requirements.
Department of Health and Human Services OIG

Medicaid: Expedited Provider Enrollment During COVID-19 Emergency

As a result of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, Medicaid provider enrollment through State Medicaid agencies has been expedited under the SSA §1135 Authority to Waive Requirements during National Emergencies. Rapid loosening of established provider screening and background check requirements may limit a State's ability to identify providers who are not eligible to participate in Medicaid. Our objective is to determine whether the State agency and providers complied with Federal and State requirements for newly enrolled providers under the national emergency declaration and if the State established tracking controls for these providers as well as giving providers adequate guidance on waived enrollment requirements.
Department of Health and Human Services OIG

Geographic Distribution of Provider Relief Funds to Communities Disproportionately Impacted by Adverse COVID-19 Outcomes

As information on rates of infection and outcomes for the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic emerges, numerous reports document racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic disparities in rates of adverse outcomes from COVID-19, including death. This study will review the locations of hospitals that received Provider Relief Funds, with particular attention to hospitals located in communities of color and economically disadvantaged communities that were disproportionately impacted by adverse COVID-19 outcomes (i.e., hospitalization or death).
Department of Health and Human Services OIG

CDC's Collection and Use of Data on Disparities in COVID-19 Cases and Outcomes

With emerging information on rates of infection and outcomes for the ongoing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), numerous reports document a disproportionate burden of infection and deaths among communities of color and economically disadvantaged communities. This study will examine data that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) collects and maintains that can be used to assess racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic disparities in COVID-19 cases and outcomes, as well as how CDC uses those data as part of its activities to address the COVID-19 pandemic. We will also examine CDC's lessons learned about how to best protect communities of color and economically disadvantaged communities in future public health emergencies. 
Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration

Review of the Implementation of the CARES Act Recovery Rebate for Individuals - Economic Impact Payment Eligibility

Assess IRS efforts to ensure eligible individuals receive an Economic Impact Payment. 
Small Business Administration OIG

Duplicate Loans Made Under the Paycheck Protection Program

 SBA OIG’s Audits Division will conduct a review of duplicate loans made under the Paycheck Protection Program. The objective is to determine whether the SBA has sufficient controls to detect and prevent duplicate loans and address vulnerabilities under the Paycheck Protection Program.
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System/Consumer Financial Protection Bureau OIG

Monitoring of the Federal Reserve’s Lending Facilities

In response to the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic, the Federal Reserve recently announced that it would create new lending facilities to provide loans to employers, certain businesses, and communities across the country to support the U.S. economy. Specifically, the following programs have been created or are in development: the Main Street Lending Program, the Paycheck Protection Program Liquidity Facility, the Municipal Liquidity Facility, the Primary Market Corporate Credit Facility, and the Secondary Market Corporate Credit Facility. We are initiating an active monitoring effort of these programs to gain an understanding of operational, governance, reputational, and financial matters associated with them. Through this monitoring effort, we will refine our focus on the programs and identify areas for future audits or evaluations. Some of the topics we are considering include the design, operation, governance, and oversight of the lending programs; data collection and reporting associated with the programs; and the effect of the programs on the Board’s supervision and regulation activities.
National Science Foundation OIG

Review of NSF’s Reopening Efforts

In response to the June 15, 2020 request from the House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Reform’s Subcommittee on Government Operations, we are conducting a review of NSF’s plans and procedures for returning employees to its Federal office building. The objective of this review is to determine if NSF is employing best practices and existing guidance when deciding whether or when to require federal employees and contractors to return to the office.