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Department of Health & Human Services OIG

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. 

Department of Health & Human Services OIG

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. 

Department of Energy OIG

The Department of Energy's Unclassified Cybersecurity Program - 2021

This review is a culmination of the OIG's work on FISMA as well as additional cybersecurity and technology work performed by the OIG throughout the year.  The review this fiscal year includes additional work to address questions raised by members of Congress related to information technology and cybersecurity during the Department of Energy's maximum telework posture.
 

Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration

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 of Education OIG

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.

Department of Energy OIG

The Department of Energy's Implementation of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) Related to Contractor Paid Leave.

The review will determine: (a) how the Department is administering, recording, and reporting contractor paid leave reimbursements, (b) who is responsible for selecting the labor categories/positions that qualify and under what circumstances, and (c) the amount of contractor paid leave reimbursements under the CARES Act for the period examined.

Pandemic Response Accountability Committee

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.

Department of Housing and Urban Development OIG

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.

Department of Labor OIG

Audit of COVID-19: OSHA Operations and Efforts to Protect Workers

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a significant reduction in OSHA inspections and an increase in non-formal complaint investigations. This audit will focus on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on OSHA operations and efforts to safeguard workers.

Department of Homeland Security OIG

CBP Testing of Migrants for COVID-19 at the U.S. Border with Mexico

To determine to what extent CBP is currently testing or plans to test migrants for COVID-19 at the U.S. border with Mexico.