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Department of Housing and Urban Development OIG

Assessment of HUD’s IT Infrastructure to Support Telework Due to COVID 19

 The purpose of this memorandum is to notify you that HUDOIG’s Information Systems Audit Division is planning to do research on HUD’s IT infrastructure to support telework due to COVID 19. Our research will assist us in determining if we should conduct an audit to assess whether HUD’s IT infrastructure was prepared to and capable of supporting the agency’s workforce during mandatory telework.
Department of Housing and Urban Development OIG

HUD Emergency Shelter Grantees’ (ESGs) Progress Accessing CARES Funding for Homelessness Assistance

The purpose of this memorandum is to notify you that we are performing research regarding HUD’s Coronavirus Aid, Relieve, and Economic Security (CARES Act) drawdown levels for the Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG).
Department of Housing and Urban Development OIG

FHA Default Reporting

The purpose of this memorandum is to notify you that we are researching prior audits of HUD’s Single Family Default Monitoring System to provide HUD information regarding lessons learned and risks identified in these prior audits that HUD should act on now to ensure program integrity and mitigate the risk of financial loss for COVID-19 related forbearance assistance and foreclosure moratorium related to single family loans.
Department of Housing and Urban Development OIG

FHA Partial Claims

The purpose of this memorandum is to notify you that we are researching prior audits of HUD’s partial claims loss mitigation option to provide HUD information regarding lessons learned and risks identified in these prior audits that HUD should act on now to ensure program integrity and mitigate the risk of financial loss for COVID-19 related partial claims.
Department of Health and Human Services OIG

Medicaid—Telehealth Expansion During COVID-19 Emergency

As a result of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, State Medicaid programs have expanded options for telehealth services. Rapid expansion of telehealth may pose challenges for State agencies and providers, including State oversight of these services. Our objective is to determine whether State agencies and providers complied with Federal and State requirements for telehealth services under the national emergency declaration, and whether the States gave providers adequate guidance on telehealth requirements.
Department of Health and Human Services OIG

Audit of Foster Care Services During Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Title IV-E of the Social Security Act (the Act), as amended, authorizes the Federal Foster Care Program, which helps provide safe and stable out-of-home care for children until the children are safely returned home, placed permanently with adoptive families, or placed in other planned arrangements for permanency. Title IV-B of the Act authorizes Federal funding to States to promote flexibility in the development and expansion of coordinated child and family services programs. In response to COVID-19, on April 15, 2020, the Children's Bureau—the operating division of the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) that administers the Title IV-B and Title IV-E programs at the Federal level—provided flexibility to State Title IV-E agencies related to (1) fingerprint-based criminal record checks requirements for prospective foster parents (allowing for name-based checks until fingerprint-based checks can safely be done), and (2) caseworker visit requirements (allowing videoconferencing visits to count toward the requirement that 50 percent of visits must occur in the child's home). On April 27, 2020, the Children's Bureau reminded States of additional flexibilities afforded by the Statute, including the authority to modify foster family licensing standards as long as the standards are applied to all of these placements in accordance with the requirements of the Statute. Additionally, States have the authority to set their own foster care maintenance payment rates including, at their own discretion, enhancing those rates for children who test positive for COVID-19.   We intend to survey all States and identify the States that adopted any new licensing regulations or policies and procedures as a result of the existing flexibilities in the Statute and the waivers provided by ACF. Based on the information gathered, we plan to identify three States and conduct separate audits to ensure foster care providers are safeguarding the health and safety of children during the COVID-19 pandemic and identify any vulnerabilities or gaps in policies or procedures that could place these children at risk. As part of these audits, we would ensure that criminal record checks for foster parents conducted via name-based checks were ultimately conducted through fingerprints whenever determined safe to do so.
Department of Defense OIG

Audit of the DoD Military Installations’ Public Health Emergency Readiness

We plan to begin the subject audit in June 2020. The objective of this audit is to determine whether military commanders implemented measures to prepare for, respond to, and recover from public health emergencies, such as coronavirus disease–2019 (COVID-19), on DoD installations. We may revise the objective as the audit proceeds, and we will also consider suggestions from management for additional or revised objectives.
Environmental Protection Agency OIG

Survey of EPA On-Scene Coordinators and Managers Regarding COVID-19

The OIG plans to evaluate the EPA's protection of human health, the environment, and on-scene coordinators at emergency responses during the coronavirus pandemic caused by COVID-19.
Environmental Protection Agency OIG

Internal Controls Established to Implement Programs and Activities Funded under the CARES Act

The OIG plans to begin an evaluation concerning the internal controls established to implement programs and activities funded under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, known as the CARES Act. We believe this evaluation can increase the efficiency of assignments related to COVID-19.
Department of Health and Human Services OIG

Audit of Nursing Homes' Reporting of COVID-19 Information Under CMS's New Requirements

In response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) public health emergency, CMS added requirements to an existing regulation that requires nursing homes to report to State and local health departments communicable diseases, health care-associated infections, and potential outbreaks. Under one requirement, these facilities must now report COVID-19 data (such as information on suspected and confirmed infections, and deaths among residents and staff) to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention through its National Healthcare Safety Network system. The data must be reported in a standardized format at least weekly. We will assess nursing homes' reporting of CMS-required information related to the COVID-19 public health emergency. Specifically, we will determine whether the data reported by nursing homes were complete, accurate, and reliable.