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Ongoing Projects

New Title Sort descending Project Objective DHS Component Mission Area
Afghan Vetting and Screening

Our objective is to determine the extent to which DHS screens, vets, and inspects evacuees in emergency situations, such as Operation Allies Welcome.

DHS
Audit of Access Controls at FEMA

To determine the extent to which FEMA is applying information technology access controls to restrict unnecessary access to systems and information.

FEMA Secure Cyberspace and Critical Infrastructure
New Audit of Access Controls at Immigration and Customs Enforcement

To determine the extent to which ICE is applying information technology access controls to restrict unnecessary access to systems and information.

ICE Counter Terrorism and Homeland Threats
Audit of DHS Bankcard Program Cardholder Spending Limits

To determine to what extent DHS components implemented internal controls for ensuring Bankcard Program spending limits are established based on procurement needs.

DHS Champion the DHS Workforce and Strengthen the Department
Audit of DHS Grants and Contracts Awarded by Any Means Other Than Full and Open Competition during Fiscal Years 2020 and 2021

To evaluate the DHS' report listing all non-competitive grants and other than full and open competition contracts awarded in FYs 2020 and 2021 to assess Department compliance with applicable laws, regulations, and departmental procedures.

DHS Champion the DHS Workforce and Strengthen the Department
Audit of DHS Mobile Device Management and Security

To determine the extent to which DHS and select components manage and secure mobile devices.

DHS Secure Cyberspace and Critical Infrastructure
Audit of DHS Protections to Safeguard Sensitive Data from Malware, Ransomware, and Phishing Attacks

To determine whether DHS and its components have implemented effective controls to protect DHS sensitive data from malware, ransomware, and phishing attacks.

DHS Secure Cyberspace and Critical Infrastructure
Audit of DHS' FY 22 Financial Statements and Internal Control - Chief Financial Officers Act of 1990, Section 304

The purpose of this financial audit is to conduct an integrated audit of DHS' consolidated financial statements for the year ending September 30, 2022, and internal control over financial reporting as of September 30, 2022. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular A-136 requires the audit reports to be submitted as part of the Agency Financial Report (AFR), which is due on November 15th of the fiscal year following the fiscal year that is being reported. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS or Department) Office of Inspector General (OIG) has contracted the services of an Independent Public Accounting (IPA) firm to serve as the principle auditor of the Department's consolidated financial statements. As the principle auditor, the contractor will perform the audit of the consolidated financial statements and perform procedures on the supplemental and other accompanying information included in the Agency Financial Report (AFR) as of and for the fiscal year (FY) ended September 30, 2022, and succeeding years, in accordance with Government Auditing Standards (GAS) issued by the Comptroller General of the United States, and subsequent revisions, and OMB Bulletin 21-04, Audit Requirements for Federal Financial Statements. The contractor shall also follow the GAO/PCIE Financial Audit Manual (FAM), and Government Accountability Office's (GAO) Federal Information System Controls Audit Manual (FISCAM).

DHS Champion the DHS Workforce and Strengthen the Department
Audit of DHS' IT Systems for Tracking Migrants at the Southwest Border

To determine the effectiveness of DHS' IT systems in tracking migrants from apprehension to release or transfer.

DHS Strengthen U.S. Borders and Approaches
Audit of DHS' Procedures to Safeguard and Share Terrorist Screening Data

Determine the effectiveness of DHS' procedures and technology systems to safeguard and share terrorist screening data.

DHS Counter Terrorism and Homeland Threats
Audit of FEMA's Oversight of Louisiana's Administration of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Public Assistance Program

To determine to what extent FEMA ensures Louisiana manages and provides oversight of Public Assistance grants to ensure compliance with Federal regulations.

FEMA Strengthen Preparedness and Resilience
Audit of FEMA's Presidential Residence Protection Assistance Grant for Fiscal Years 2019 and 2020

To determine whether Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) ensured state and local law enforcement agencies accounted for and expended FEMA's grant for protection of the President's non-governmental residences according to Federal regulations and FEMA policies, and the U.S. Secret Service (Secret Service) guidelines.

FEMA Counter Terrorism and Homeland Threats
Audit of FEMA's Property Acquisition for Open Space Program

To determine whether FEMA is properly managing its Property Acquisitions for Open Space Program.

FEMA Strengthen Preparedness and Resilience
Audit of FEMA's Technological Hazards Division (THD)

To determine the extent that FEMA's Technological Hazards Division (THD) ensures state, local, and tribal governments are prepared to respond to incidents related to radiological and chemical hazards.

FEMA Strengthen Preparedness and Resilience
Audit of FEMA's Verification of Household Income

Audit of FEMA's Verification of Household Income

FEMA Strengthen Preparedness and Resilience
Audit of ICE's Process for Detainee Surgical Procedures

To determine the extent to which ICE processes and authorizes surgical procedures for detainees.

ICE Strengthen U.S. Borders and Approaches
New Audit of TSA's Emergency Security Directives in 2021

To determine if TSA's emergency security directives issued in 2021 addressed the known cyber threats and stakeholder concerns, and strengthened pipeline cybersecurity.

CISA, TSA Counter Terrorism and Homeland Threats
Audit of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Oversight and Management of its Transportation Services Contracts

To determine to what extent ICE implemented controls to ensure its transportation services contractors adhere to the terms of the their contracts, and whether ICE complied with Federal, departmental, and component procurement guidance and policy requirements for monitoring and overseeing the contracts.

ICE Strengthen U.S. Borders and Approaches
Audit of USCIS' Access Controls

To determine the extent to which USCIS is applying information technology access controls to restrict unnecessary access to systems and information.

USCIS Secure Cyberspace and Critical Infrastructure
CBP and ICE Resource Allocations and Succession Planning at the Southwest Border

This audit would determine whether CBP and ICE are properly managing law enforcement staffing resources to accomplish its mission at the Southwest border. The team will also determine CBP and ICE's turnover rates and whether they have succession planning for leaving and retiring officers.

CBP, ICE Strengthen Preparedness and Resilience
New CBP International Mail Enforcement

To determine the extent that CBP targets and interdicts inadmissible international mail entering the United States through International Mail Facilities.

CBP Counter Terrorism and Homeland Threats
CBP Searches of Outbound Vehicles at Land Ports of Entry

To determine the extent CBP's policies and procedures prevent the illegal exportation of currency and firearms at land ports of entry on the Southwest border.

CBP Counter Terrorism and Homeland Threats
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.

CBP Counter Terrorism and Homeland Threats
CBP, ICE, TSA, and Secret Service Handling of Employee Allegations of Sexual Harassment and Workplace Sexual Misconduct

Determine whether CBP, ICE, TSA, and USSS appropriately report, investigate, and adjudicate employee allegations of sexual harassment and workplace sexual misconduct.

CBP, ICE, Secret Service, TSA Champion the DHS Workforce and Strengthen the Department
CBP’s Processes for International Traveler Verification at Air Ports of Entry

To determine to what extent CBP adheres to policies and procedures for resolving facial biometric discrepancies when confirming a traveler's identity at airports.

CBP Counter Terrorism and Homeland Threats
Covert Testing of TSA's Checked Baggage Screening Effectiveness

To determine the effectiveness of TSA's checked baggage screening technologies and related procedures. We will also assess whether Transportation Security Officers comply with checked baggage screening policies and procedures to prevent threat items from being brought onto commercial aircraft.

TSA Counter Terrorism and Homeland Threats
Department of Homeland Security's FY 2021 Compliance with the Payment Integrity Information Act of 2019 (PIIA) and Executive Order 13520

To determine to what extent DHS complied with the PIIA and Executive Order 13520.

DHS Preserve and Uphold the Nation’s Prosperity and Economic Security
DHS / NSA Joint Evaluation of Cyber Intrusion Prevention Efforts

To assess the actions taken by DHS in advance of, and in connection with, recent intrusions into U.S. Government and private networks

CISA Secure Cyberspace and Critical Infrastructure
DHS Border Admissibility Screening Operations During the 2021 Migrant Surge

To determine whether CBP effectively screened migrants during the 2021 migrant surge to ensure that criminals, drug traffickers, and terrorists watch list individuals are prevented from entering the United States.

CBP Strengthen U.S. Borders and Approaches
DHS Cyber Intrusion Detection & Mitigation Efforts

Determine CISA's ability to detect and mitigate risks from major cyberattacks based on lesson's learned after the SolarWinds breach.

CISA Secure Cyberspace and Critical Infrastructure
DHS Drug Seizure, Storage, and Destruction

Determine whether CBP, ICE, TSA, and the Coast Guard effectively transport, store, and destroy seized illicit drugs. 2) To determine if DHS employees, federal contractors, and the public are adequately protected while interacting with and destroying seized illicit drugs.

CBP, Coast Guard, ICE, TSA Strengthen U.S. Borders and Approaches
DHS Efforts in Curbing the Importation and Sale of Counterfeit and Pirated Goods

To determine the extent to which DHS has addressed security gaps and vulnerabilities to prevent counterfeit and pirated goods.

CBP, Other Counter Terrorism and Homeland Threats
DHS Efforts to Combat Domestic Terrorism and Extremist Attacks in the US

To what extent does DHS prevent and protect the Nation from domestic terrorism and violent extremism?

Other Counter Terrorism and Homeland Threats
DHS Law Enforcement Preparation for and Response to the January 6, 2021 Events at the U.S. Capitol

Evaluate DHS law enforcement components' preparation for and response to the events at the U.S. Capitol building on January 6, 2021.

DHS Counter Terrorism and Homeland Threats
DHS National Instant Criminal Background Check System

Assess DHS' compliance with the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).

DHS Counter Terrorism and Homeland Threats
DHS Preparations to Provide Long-Term Legal Status to Paroled Afghan Evacuees

Assess DHS preparations to receive and expedite requests from Afghan evacuees for long term legal status.

CBP, USCIS Champion the DHS Workforce and Strengthen the Department
DHS Progress in Financial Management System Modernization

Our objective is to assess DHS' program management approach to modernizing its financial systems, thereby ensuring accurate, timely, and reliable financial data and management reporting across the Department.

DHS Promoting Management Stewardship
DHS Use of Cellular Site Simulators

Our objective is to determine whether DHS and its components have developed, updated, and adhered to policies related to the use of cellular site simulators.

DHS Counter Terrorism and Homeland Threats
DHS' Controls over Separated Employees' Security Clearances and Personal Identity Card Access

To determine whether the Department of Homeland Security terminated security clearance and Personal Identity Verification (PIV) card access for separated employees and contractors in accordance with Federal regulations and Department policies.

DHS Secure Cyberspace and Critical Infrastructure
New DHS' Coordinated Efforts to Protect, Strengthen, and Maintain Critical Water and Wastewater Infrastructure

To determine the extent of DHS's coordinated efforts to manage risks and mitigate against cybersecurity threats to critical water and wastewater infrastructure while seeking opportunities and capabilities to increase the infrastructure's resiliency.

DHS Secure Cyberspace and Critical Infrastructure
DHS' Coordination Efforts to Combat Disinformation on Social Media

To determine the internal and external coordination efforts the Department has taken to combat disinformation campaigns through the use of social media and "deepfake" videos.

Other Counter Terrorism and Homeland Threats
DHS' Management and Protection of Open Source Information (OSINT)

Determine the extent to which DHS has developed and implemented policies and procedures for collecting, managing, and protecting open source information for operational and intelligence purposes.

DHS Counter Terrorism and Homeland Threats
DHS' Role in the Resettlement of Afghans in the United States

Our objective is to review DHS' responsibilities and effectiveness of the volunteer force supporting Operation Allies Welcome. This includes the role at US Department of Defense (DOD) OCONUS bases, CONUS processing facilities at ports of entry and at DOD CONUS military bases. The review will include the demand for the volunteer request process and volunteer vetting and supervision of those volunteers.

DHS Counter Terrorism and Homeland Threats
DHS' Role in the Resettlement of Afghans in the United States

Our objective is to review DHS’ responsibilities and effectiveness of the Unified Coordination Group as part of Operation Allies Welcome, including initial overseas immigration processing and screening, housing conditions at processing facilities, and medical screening and temporary settlement at select US military facilities. 

DHS Counter Terrorism and Homeland Threats
New DHS' Use of Commercial Telemetry Data

Our objective is to determine whether DHS and its components have developed, updated, and adhered to policies related to the use of commercial telemetry data.

DHS Counter Terrorism and Homeland Threats
DHS's Acquisition Management Strategy for Biometric Capability Needs

To determine to what extent DHS has an overall management strategy in place to acquire and deploy a biometric solution that meets Departmental needs.

DHS Strengthen U.S. Borders and Approaches
DHS's Compliance with the Geospatial Data Act of 2018

To assess DHS' progress in fulfilling the requirements of the Geospatial Data Act of 2018, including the geospatial data standards and covered agency responsibilities

DHS Strengthen U.S. Borders and Approaches
Effectiveness of E-Verify to Deter Hiring of Illegal Immigrants

To assess the effectiveness of the E-Verify system to electronically confirm employment eligibility and help prevent the hiring of illegal workers.

USCIS Strengthen U.S. Borders and Approaches
Evaluation of DHS' Compliance with Federal Information Security Modernization Act Requirements for Intelligence Systems for Fiscal Year 2019

To determine the Department's effectiveness in managing its intelligence information program and information technology systems for fiscal year 2019.

Other Secure Cyberspace and Critical Infrastructure
Evaluation of DHS' Compliance with Federal Information Security Modernization Act Requirements for Intelligence Systems for Fiscal Year 2021

To determine the Department's effectiveness in managing its intelligence information program and information technology systems for FY 2021.

Other Secure Cyberspace and Critical Infrastructure
New Evaluation of DHS' Compliance with Federal Information Security Modernization Act Requirements for Intelligence Systems for Fiscal Year 2022

To determine the Department's effectiveness in managing its intelligence information program and information technology systems for FY 2022.

Other Secure Cyberspace and Critical Infrastructure
Evaluation of DHS' Information Security Program for Fiscal Year 2021

Determine whether DHS' information security program and practices are adequate and effective in protecting DHS' operations and assets for FY 2021

DHS Secure Cyberspace and Critical Infrastructure
New Evaluation of DHS' Information Security Program for Fiscal Year 2022

Determine whether DHS' information security program and practices are adequate and effective in protecting DHS' operations and assets for FY 2022.

DHS Secure Cyberspace and Critical Infrastructure
FEMA and CISA's Coordination to Improve Energy Sector Resiliency

To determine to what extent FEMA and CISA's coordination efforts identify, monitor, and address Energy Sector concerns and improved resilience.

CISA, FEMA Strengthen Preparedness and Resilience
FEMA's Administration of CARES Act Funding for the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP)

To determine whether FEMA is administering CARES Act funding for the EFSP in accordance with Federal requirements to meet program goals.

FEMA Strengthen Preparedness and Resilience
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.

FEMA Strengthen Preparedness and Resilience
FEMA's Controls Over Mission Assignments In Response To COVID-19

To determine to what extent FEMA develops and oversees mission assignments (MA) for COVID-19 in accordance with FEMA's policies and procedures.

FEMA Strengthen Preparedness and Resilience
FEMA's Disaster Relief Fund for Lost Wages Assistance to DHS Employees

To determine to what extent eligible DHS employees received FEMA's Disaster Relief Fund for supplemental state lost wages assistance.

FEMA Strengthen Preparedness and Resilience
FEMA's Federal Medical Supply Chain in Response to COVID-19

To determine to what extent FEMA managed and distributed medical supplies and equipment in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

FEMA Strengthen Preparedness and Resilience
FEMA's Medical Supply Chain in Response to COVID-19

To determine to what extent FEMA managed and distributed medical supplies and equipment in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

FEMA Strengthen Preparedness and Resilience
FEMA's Non-Congregate Sheltering Policy for Disaster Survivors during the California Wildfires and other disaster events in the midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic

To determine adequacy and effectiveness of FEMA's Non-Congregate Sheltering policy
in providing shelter to displaced disaster survivors in response to Federally declared
disasters, including the wildfires, during the COVID19 pandemic.

FEMA Strengthen Preparedness and Resilience
FEMA's Workforce Management During Concurrent Events

To determine if FEMA is effectively planning, managing and deploying its workforce to successfully respond to concurrent and consecutive disasters and emergencies, including assisting other DHS Components or Federal Agencies.

FEMA Strengthen Preparedness and Resilience
FEMA’s Strategic Funds Management Initiative

The objective is to determine to what extent the Strategic Funds Management Initiative ensures that FEMA funds are obligated in accordance with, Federal, department, and component requirements.

FEMA Strengthen Preparedness and Resilience
FY 2022 Unannounced Inspections of ICE Adult Detention Facilities

Our objective to determine whether ICE detention facilities are complying with select standards outlined in ICE's Performance-Based National Detention Standards and conduct a limited review of ICE's and facilities response to COVID-19.

ICE Strengthen U.S. Borders and Approaches
I&A Intelligence Prior to the January 6, 2021 Events at the Capitol

Review DHS Office of Intelligence and Analysis's (I&A) responsibility for providing intelligence to law enforcement for the January 6, 2021 events at the Capitol, and whether and how I&A fulfilled its responsibility.

Other Counter Terrorism and Homeland Threats
Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Government Service Contracts

The objective is to determine to what extent ICE implemented controls to ensure Government Solutions, LLC provided qualified labor for work performed under the terms of its contracts. 

ICE Strengthen U.S. Borders and Approaches
Inadequate Prenatal Care and Staffing Deficiencies at ICE IHSC-run facilities

- Evaluate compliance with existing requirements for reporting, timely intake medical assessments, and access to offsite obstetric-gynecological care, for pregnant detainees at IHSC-run facilities.
- Document IHSC's Medical Quality Management Unit internal reviews, root cause findings, and corrective action plans for medical incidents for pregnant detainees.
- Determine medical staffing levels at IHSC headquarters and IHSC-run detention facilities.  

ICE Strengthen U.S. Borders and Approaches
Independent Departures of Afghan Evacuees from U.S. Military Bases

Review DHS efforts to track Afghan evacuees departing without assistance from resettlement agencies and how these departures affect Afghan evacuees' immigration status.

Other Strengthen U.S. Borders and Approaches
Puerto Rico Case Management Program Grants

To assess the effectiveness of FEMA's monitoring to ensure that the Puerto Rico Emergency Management Agency, as a grantee, accounts for and expends Disaster Case Management Program grant funds according to Federal regulations and FEMA guidelines.

FEMA Strengthen Preparedness and Resilience
Review of Cyber DHS' Implementation of the Cybersecurity Act of 2015 for Calendar Years 2019 and 2020

To determine to what extent DHS is making progress in meeting cybersecurity information requirements, pursuant to Section 107 of the Cybersecurity Act of 2015.

DHS Secure Cyberspace and Critical Infrastructure
Review of FEMA funding for Coronavirus (COVID-19) response and relief

To determine how much federal assistance has been provided to six geographic areas in response to the pandemic.

FEMA Strengthen Preparedness and Resilience
Review of FEMA's Implementation of the Public Assistance Alternative Procedures Pilot Program (PAAP) Enacted by the Sandy Recovery Improvement Act (SRIA)

Determine the extent to which the goals of the Sandy Recovery Improvement Act (SRIA), Public Assistance Alternative Procedures Pilot Program (PAAP) were met in accordance with legislative and FEMA guidelines.

FEMA Strengthen Preparedness and Resilience
Review of FY 2021 Deaths in Custody - CBP and ICE

To review the circumstances related to each death that occurs in CBP and ICE custody during FY 2021 to determine if systemic factors, policies, or processes have played a role in deaths of individuals in custody.

CBP, ICE Strengthen U.S. Borders and Approaches
Review of Information Security Requirements on Selected CBP Contracts

To determine whether CBP (or other selected DHS component) has incorporated information security requirements to safeguard the sensitive information stored and processed by DHS contractors.

CBP Secure Cyberspace and Critical Infrastructure
Review of the U.S. Coast Guard's use of its Streamlined Inspection Program

To determine to what extent the U.S. Coast Guard's use of its Streamlined Inspection Program (SIP) ensures enrolled vessels are compliant with the Code of Federal Regulations.

Coast Guard Strengthen Preparedness and Resilience
Review of TSA's Use of Explosives Detection Canine in its Surface Transportation Strategy

Determine the extent to which TSA has evaluated its explosive detection canine team program and has met the public law requirements for training, using program resources, and monitoring, and tracking canine assets as part of developing and implementing its surface transportation risk-based security strategy.

TSA Counter Terrorism and Homeland Threats
Single Audit Act Reviews Review nonfederal auditors’ work for compliance with OMB Circular A-133 requirements. DHS Promoting Management Stewardship
Spot Inspections of the ICE Adult Detention Facilities

Conduct unannounced spot inspections of ICE detention facilities to monitor compliance with health, safety, and civil rights standards outlined in ICE’s Performance-Based National Detention Standards.

ICE Strengthen U.S. Borders and Approaches
The Department of Homeland Security Major Systems Acquisition Programs in Sustainment

To determine to what extent DHS and its Components analyze system performance of major acquisition programs in sustainment in accordance with Federal Acquisition Regulations and DHS acquisition policy and guidance.

DHS Strengthen Preparedness and Resilience
The Visa Security Program (VSP)

To what extent is ICE collaborating with USCIS under the Visa Security Program to deter or prevent terrorist threats attempting to enter the United States.

ICE Counter Terrorism and Homeland Threats
U.S. Coast Guard's Offshore Patrol Cutter Program

To determine to what extent U.S. Coast Guard monitors contractor performance results associated with cost and schedule relief granted under Public Law 85-804 authority, for the Offshore Patrol Cutter Program.

Coast Guard Counter Terrorism and Homeland Threats
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Efforts to Combat Human Trafficking

To determine the extent to which ICE identifies and investigates human trafficking

ICE Counter Terrorism and Homeland Threats
Unannounced Inspections of CBP Holding Facilities

Determine whether CBP complies with the Standards on Transport, Escort, Detention, and Search Policy (TEDS) related to length of detention, and health and safety issues, for detained migrants.

CBP Strengthen U.S. Borders and Approaches
United States Coast Guard Sustainment for the Rescue 21 Coastal System

Determine whether the United States Coast Guard (USCG) appropriately modified its acquisition strategy for the sustainment of the Rescue 21 Program to a sole-source contracting approach.

Coast Guard Strengthen U.S. Borders and Approaches
USCG Identification and Disposal of Excess Personal Property

To determine to what extent the United States Coast Guard (USCG) identifies and disposes of excess personal property in accordance with Federal regulations and DHS policy.

Coast Guard Preserve and Uphold the Nation’s Prosperity and Economic Security
USCIS' Refugee Screening Process

To determine the effectiveness of USCIS' processes to screen refugee applications. 

USCIS Strengthen U.S. Borders and Approaches