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Department of Homeland Security OIG

Violations of Detention Standards Amidst COVID-19 Outbreak at La Palma Correctional Center in Eloy, AZ

We identified violations of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention standards that threatened the health, safety, and rights of detainees. La Palma Correctional Center (LPCC) complied with the ICE detention standard regarding classification. However, detainee reports and grievances allege an environment of mistreatment and verbal abuse, including in response to peaceful detainee protests of the facility’s handling of the pandemic. In addressing the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), LPCC did not enforce ICE’s precautions including facial coverings and social distancing...
Department of Homeland Security OIG

Audit of FEMA’s Controls over Mission Assignments in Response to COVID-19

The objective is to determine to what extent FEMA develops and oversees mission assignments for COVID-19 in accordance with FEMA’s policies and procedures.
Department of Homeland Security OIG

DHS Prioritization of Frontline and Mission-Critical Employees for COVID-19 Vaccines

Evaluate how DHS determined employee status for placement into vaccine distribution priority groups and how, in conjunction with the Veterans Health Administration, DHS planned to triage and distribute available vaccine inventory and vaccinate frontline, mission-critical DHS staff Evaluate how DHS executed its plan.
Department of Homeland Security OIG

FEMA's Administration of CARES Act Funding for the Emergency Food and Shelter Program

Determine whether FEMA is administering CARES Act funding for the EFSP in accordance with CARES Act and Federal requirements to meet program goals.
Department of Homeland Security OIG

Audit of USCIS' Ability to Process and Administer Immigration and Naturalization Benefits Requests During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Determine the effectiveness of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) technology systems to provide timely and accurate electronic processing of immigration and naturalization benefit requests while field locations, asylum offices and application support centers were closed or operating on a reduced workforce during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Department of Homeland Security OIG

Early Experiences with COVID-19 at Border Patrol Stations and OFO Ports of Entry

o We surveyed staff at Border Patrol stations and OFO ports of entry from April 22, 2020 to May 1, 2020. The 136 Border Patrol stations and 307 OFO ports of entry that responded to our survey described various actions they have taken to prevent and mitigate the pandemic’s spread among travelers, detained individuals, and staff. These actions include increased cleaning and disinfecting of common areas, and having personal protective equipment for staff, as well as supplies available to those individuals with whom they come into contact. However, facilities reported concerns with their inability...
Department of Homeland Security OIG

Medical Vacancies at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Detention Facilities

The OIG is conducting a remote evaluation following prior fieldwork for unannounced inspections to ICE facilities whereas SRE flagged medical vacancies in ICE detention facilities as a potential issue for future review and drafted an engagement proposal to address this concern. Recognizing that inadequate staffing could exacerbate the effect of COVID-19 on detainees and facility personnel, the project was initiated in August 2020. 
Department of Homeland Security OIG

Review of DHS' Priority Telecommunications Services and Capabilities during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Determine whether DHS effective supported operable and interoperable emergency communication for Federal, State, local, tribal and territorial government officials and critical infrastructure operators during the pandemic.
Department of Homeland Security OIG

FEMA’s contracting practices during the COVID disaster declaration

Our audit will review FEMA’s contracts awarded in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) under FAR 6.302-2 (Unusual and Compelling Urgency). We plan to perform an in-depth review of FEMA’s determination of prospective contractors’ responsibility, as well as recording COVID-19 contracts. The audit will focus on the contracts from March 13, 2020 through May 31, 2020 awarded under FAR 6.302-2.
Department of Homeland Security OIG

FEMA's Response to Declaration Requests for States, Tribes, and Territories

To determine whether FEMA follows its policies and procedures consistently in responding to State, tribal, and territorial declaration requests.