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Ongoing Projects

New Title Sort descending Project Objective DHS Component Mission Area
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
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 Year 2022

To evaluate the DHS' report listing all non-competitive grants and other than full and open competition contracts awarded in FY 2022 to assess Department compliance with applicable laws, regulations, and departmental procedures.

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' 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' Technology, Procedures, and Coordination to Screen and Vet Non-Citizens Entering or Resettling in the United States

To determine the effectiveness of DHS' technology, procedures, and coordination to screen and vet non-citizens entering or resettling in the United States.

CBP, USCIS 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 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
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
CBP Firearms and Ammunition Accountability

Determine if U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) established effective internal controls for ensuring accountability of firearms and ammunition.

CBP Champion the DHS Workforce and Strengthen the Department
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 Outbound Inspections at Land Ports of Entry on the Northern Border

To determine the extent U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) uses outbound inspections to prevent the illegal exportation of currency, firearms, explosives, and ammunition at land ports of entry on the northern 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's Facilities Planning Along the Southwest Border

To determine to what extent CBP assessed and planned its needs for temporary and permanent facilities along the Southwest border.

CBP Strengthen U.S. Borders and Approaches
CBP's Use of Closed Circuit Television Video Cameras and Microphones at Land Ports of Entry

To determine the extent CBP is using closed circuit television video cameras and microphones at land ports of entry to ensure the safety of the public, employees, and property.

CBP Strengthen Preparedness and Resilience
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
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
New Cybersecurity System Review of TSA's Selected High Value Assets

Determine whether TSA has implemented effective technical controls to protect its sensitive information stored and processed by its selected High Value Assets system.

TSA Secure Cyberspace and Critical Infrastructure
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 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 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 Policies for Migrants Traveling on Domestic Flights Without Identification

To determine the extent to which TSA ensures migrants traveling on domestic flights provide proof of identification consistent with all other domestic travelers. We will also determine whether CBP and ICE policies and procedures are adequated to confirm an individual's identity for the documents TSA accepts for domestic travel.

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
New DHS Tracking of OAW Population with Potential Derogatory Records

Assess DHS' identification and resolution for OAW members with potentially derogatory records.

CBP Strengthen U.S. Borders and Approaches
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
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' Screening and Arrest of a Suspected Terrorist

Review U.S. Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) screening and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) arrest of a suspected terrorist released into the United States.

CBP, ICE Counter Terrorism and Homeland Threats
DHS' Tracking of Addresses for Migrants Released into the U.S.

To determine the extent to which DHS accurately and effectively tracks migrant's post release addresses in the U.S.

CBP, ICE Strengthen U.S. Borders and Approaches
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
Disaster Public Assistance (PA) Grant Funds Awarded to Jacksonville State University (Jacksonville, AL) for Damages Incurred from the Alabama Storms and Tornadoes (FEMA Disaster Number DR-4362-AL)

To determine whether the subrecipient accounted for and expended FEMA grant funds according to Federal regulations and FEMA guidelines for FEMA Disaster Number DR-4362-AL.

FEMA Strengthening National Preparedness and Resilience to Disasters
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 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 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
Evaluation of the United States Coast Guard (Coast Guard) National Maritime Center's (NMC) approvals and audits of merchant mariner training programs and courses

Determine if the Coast Guard NMC oversight program complies with the standards and regulation requirements for the audit and approval of training courses and programs for merchant mariners.

Coast Guard Preserve and Uphold the Nation’s Prosperity and Economic Security
FEMA Funeral Assistance for COVID-19

To determine how effective FEMA's policies, procedures, and internal controls are in providing proper oversight of its funeral assistance program for COVID-19.

FEMA Strengthen Preparedness and Resilience
FEMA's award of ARPA Humanitarian Relief Funding

To determine whether FEMA awarded funding provided in the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 in accordance with Federal laws and regulations.

FEMA Strengthen U.S. Borders and Approaches
New FEMA's Closeout of Declared Disasters

To determine to what extent FEMA manages closeout of declared disasters in accordance with Federal regulations and FEMA program requirements.

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
FEMA’s Use of Premium Pay During Disaster Response and Steady State Operation

To determine whether FEMA complied with laws and regulations for premium pay to employees responding to disasters in 2021 and 2022.

FEMA Strengthening National Preparedness and Resilience to Disasters
Follow-up Audit of the Technology and Information DHS uses to Track and Account for Overstays

Determine the effectiveness of DHS information technology systems used to support Immigration and Custom Enforcement's efforts to track and account for individual overstays.

CBP, ICE Counter Terrorism and Homeland Threats
Gender Equity among CBP Law Enforcement

To evaluate the extent of gender equity among CBP's law enforcement population, including in recruitment, hiring processes, promotions, awards, and training.

CBP Champion the DHS Workforce and Strengthen the Department
New ICE's Efforts to Combat Transnational Criminal Organizations

To determine the extent to which ICE investigates and combats transnational criminal organizations

ICE 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
Joint DoD/DHS Audit of the of U.S. Coast Guard's Compliance with Cybersecurity Controls for DoD Information Network Systems

To determine whether the Coast Guard is in compliance with controls to protect Coast Guard systems and networks used and operated on the DoD Information Network (DODIN) in accordance with Federal and applicable agency cybersecurity requirements.

Coast Guard Secure Cyberspace and Critical Infrastructure
Project Airbridge

To determine to what extent FEMA provided oversight of Project Air Bridge and ensured its commercial partners distributed medical supplies to prioritized healthcare facilities in designated locations

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
New Review of U.S. Coast Guard's Fiscal Year 2022 Detailed Accounting Report for Drug Control Funds

Review DHS Components' assertions made in the Detailed Accounting Report for Drug Control Funds and Budget Formulation Compliance Report submitted to ONDCP and provide a conclusion about the reliability of each assertion.

Coast Guard Champion the DHS Workforce and Strengthen the Department
New Review of U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Fiscal Year 2022 Drug Control Budget Formulation Compliance Report

Review DHS Components' assertions made in the Detailed Accounting Report for Drug Control Funds and Budget Formulation Compliance Report submitted to ONDCP and provide a conclusion about the reliability of each assertion.

The Office of Inspector General is required to conduct a review of the report and provide a conclusion about the reliability of each assertion made in the report.

CBP Champion the DHS Workforce and Strengthen the Department
Science and Technology Efforts To Protect Critical Infrastructure

To determine how well Science and Technology (S&T) has managed research, development, testing, and evaluation activities aimed at improving critical infrastructure security and resilience.

Other 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
New U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Ongoing Backlog for Applications and Petitions

To determine the extent to which USCIS' has established processes to reduce immigration application and petition backlog.

USCIS Strengthen U.S. Borders and Approaches
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
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
USSS Preparation for and Response to the Events of January 6, 2021

Evaluate USSS’ preparation for and response to the events of January 6, 2021

Secret Service Counter Terrorism and Homeland Threats