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Ongoing Projects

New Title Sort descending Project Objective DHS Component Mission Area
Allegations about Inadequate Medical Care and Other Concerns at the Irwin County Detention Center

Determine whether the Irwin County Detention Center (ICDC) provided adequate medical care and COVID-19 protection and properly responded to complaints about facility operations.

ICE Strengthen U.S. Borders and Approaches
Alleged Interference with an Intelligence Notification

Determine whether DHS followed its standard process when it drafted, edited, and prepared to disseminate an intelligence notification

Other Counter Terrorism and Homeland Threats
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 21 Financial Statements and Internal Control over Financial Reporting

The purpose of this financial audit is to conduct an integrated audit of DHS' consolidated financial statements for the year ending September 30, 2021, and internal control over financial reporting as of September 30, 2021. 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, 2021, 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 19-03, 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 Preserve and Uphold the Nation’s Prosperity and Economic Security
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 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 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 Verification of Household Income

Audit of FEMA's Verification of Household Income

FEMA Strengthen Preparedness and Resilience
Audit of Information Security Requirements on CBP Contracts

To determine to what extent CBP implemented controls to ensure sensitive information processed and stored by its contractors is safeguarded.

CBP Secure Cyberspace and Critical Infrastructure
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.

USCIS 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 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 Centers of Excellence & Expertise

Determine to what extent the establishment of CBP's Centers of Excellence & Expertise have improved the assessment, collection, and protection of revenue.

CBP Preserve and Uphold the Nation’s Prosperity and Economic Security
CBP's Free and Secure Trade Program (FAST)

Determine to what extent CBP's FAST Program ensures only low-risk commercial drivers receive expedited entry to the United States.

CBP Strengthen U.S. Borders and Approaches
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
Conditions of Detention of Apprehended Migrants and Outcomes of Apprehensions in Southwest Border Patrol Sectors

- 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.
- Determine how U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Border Patrol's Southwest border sectors decide the outcomes for apprehended migrants.

CBP Strengthen U.S. Borders and Approaches
Countering Improvised Explosive Devices

To determine to what extent the Office for Bombing Prevention (OBP) counters Improvised Explosive Devices.

Other 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
New 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
New 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 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 Efforts to Combat Wildlife Trafficking

To determine the extent U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE), U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP), and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) identify, intercept, and seize illegally trafficked wildlife. (Note: This covers dead or alive animals/animal parts.)

CBP 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
New 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 Oversight of S&T Technology Pilot Programs

Determine whether S&T manages its technology pilot programs in accordance with DHS guidelines, policies, and procedures.

Other Secure Cyberspace and Critical Infrastructure
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.
- Determine how DHS, in conjunction with Veterans Health Administration (VHA), planned to triage and distribute available vaccine inventory and vaccinate frontline, mission-critical DHS staff.
- Evaluate how DHS executed its plans

DHS Strengthen Preparedness and Resilience
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 Rapid DNA Testing

Determine the extent DHS tested and implemented Rapid DNA technology.

DHS Strengthen U.S. Borders and Approaches
DHS Use of Cell-Phone Surveillance Devices

To determine if DHS and components have developed, updated, and adhered to policies related to cell-phone surveillance devices.

DHS Counter Terrorism and Homeland Threats
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' Implementation of Interagency Cyber Action Plans With the National Security Agency and United States Cyber Command

To assess DHS' progress in implementing the cyber action plans with the National Security Agency (NSA) and United States Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM).

Other Secure Cyberspace and Critical Infrastructure
DHS' Implementation of the DATA Act 2021

To assess the completeness, accuracy, timeliness, and quality of DHS' fiscal year 2021,
first quarter spending data submitted for publication on USAspending.gov; and DHS'
implementation and use of the Government-wide financial data standards established
by OMB and Treasury.

Other Champion the DHS Workforce and Strengthen the Department
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's Air Transportation of individual, family unit and UC migrants on Commercial Flights

To determine the extent to which DHS mitigates public safety risks while domestically transporting migrants on commercial flights.

CBP, 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
Evaluation of DHS' Information Security Program for Fiscal Year 2020

Determine whether DHS' information security program and practices are adequate and effective in protecting DHS' operations and assets for FY 2020.

DHS Safeguarding and Securing Cyberspace
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
Evaluation of the ICE's Oversight and the Use of Segregation in ICE Detention Facilities

To determine whether ICE's use of administrative and disciplinary segregation across all authorized detention facilities complies with Departmental detention standards.

ICE Strengthen U.S. Borders and Approaches
New 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 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 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 Contracting Practices During National Disaster Declarations

To determine to what extent FEMA has practices and guidelines for issuing COVID-19 related non-competitively awarded contracts for unusual and compelling circumstances.

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 Coordination to Shelter Unaccompanied Minors Along the Southwest Border

To determine the extent to which FEMA coordinates shelter and supplies to unaccompanied minors along the southwest border. Also, we will determine whether FEMA awarded funding from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (American Rescue Plan) in accordance with Federal laws and regulations.

FEMA Strengthen U.S. Borders and Approaches
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 DRF Lost Wages Assistance to States and Territories

Determine to what extent FEMA ensured states and territories distributed supplemental state lost wage assistance from the Disaster Relief Fund (DRF) to eligible recipients.

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 Handling of Employee Allegation of Sexual Harassment and Workplace Sexual Misconduct

Our objective is to determine whether FEMA appropriately reports, investigates, and adjudicates employee allegations of sexual harassment and workplace sexual misconduct.

FEMA Champion the DHS Workforce and Strengthen the Department
FEMA's Response to Declaration Requests for States, Tribes, and Territories

Whether FEMA follows its policies and procedures consistently in responding to State, Tribal, and territorial declaration requests.

FEMA Strengthen Preparedness and Resilience
FEMA's Sheltering and Temporary Essential Power

To determine the extent to which FEMA's Sheltering and Temporary Essential Power Program achieved its goals and objectives and complied with federal regulations and FEMA policies.

FEMA Strengthen Preparedness and Resilience
FEMA's Waiver Authority Under DRRA Section 1216 - Monitoring of Covered Assistance to Individuals and Households Distributed Based on Error

To determine whether covered assistance distributed in error by FEMA to individuals and households, in any 12-month period, exceeds 4 percent of the total amount of covered assistance distributed.

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
FLETC, Glynco Training Center's Actions to Prepare for and Manage COVID-19

Our objective is to determine actions Glynco training center has taken to prevent and mitigate the spread of COVID-19 among staff and students.

FLETC Champion the DHS Workforce and Strengthen the Department
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
ICE's Contract to House Migrants in Hotels

Evaluate the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) plans to house migrant families in hotels, and how ICE selected a contractor to implement these plans.

ICE Strengthen U.S. Borders and Approaches
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
Medical Vacancies at ICE Detention Facilities

Assess the causes and impact of medical vacancies at ICE detention facilities and determine whether existing medical staffing plans and vacancies at detention facilities hinder ICE detainees' access to adequate medical care.

ICE Strengthen U.S. Borders and Approaches
NFIP's Use of Alternative Contracting Methods to Administer the NFIP

To determine the extent and appropriateness of FEMA's use of alternative contracting methods to administer the NFIP.

FEMA Preserve and Uphold the Nation’s Prosperity and Economic Security
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 DHS' Priority Telecommunications Services and Capabilities During the COVID-19 Pandemic

To determine whether DHS effectively supported operable and interoperable emergency communications for federal, state, local, tribal and territorial government officials and critical infrastructure operators during the COVID-19 pandemic.

DHS Secure Cyberspace and Critical Infrastructure
New Review of Federal Law Enforcement Training Center's Fiscal Year 2021 Drug Control Performance and Summary Report and Detailed Accounting Submission for Drug Control Funds

Review and authenticate the DHS Components' assertions made in the Office of National Drug Control Policy reports.

FLETC Champion the DHS Workforce and Strengthen the Department
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 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 2021 Drug Control Performance and Summary Report and Detailed Accounting Submission for Drug Control Funds

Review and authenticate the DHS Components' assertions made in the Office of National Drug Control Policy reports. 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.

Coast Guard Champion the DHS Workforce and Strengthen the Department
New Review of U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Fiscal Year 2021 Drug Control Performance and Summary Report and Detailed Accounting Submission for Drug Control Funds

Review and authenticate the DHS Components' assertions made in the Office of National Drug Control Policy reports. 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
New Review of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Fiscal Year 2021 Drug Control Performance and Summary Report and Detailed Accounting Submission for Drug Control Funds

Review and authenticate the DHS Components' assertions made in the Office of National Drug Control Policy reports.

ICE Champion the DHS Workforce and Strengthen the Department
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 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
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
United States Customs and Border Protection's Management of Radiation Portal Monitors

To determine whether CBP monitors and maintains its Radiation Portal Monitors in accordance with DHS acquisition guidelines, policies, and procedures.

CBP Counter Terrorism and Homeland Threats
USCIS T and U Visa Applications

To determine to what extent USCIS assists in the prosecution of human traffickers and violent criminals when adjudicating T and U Visa applications.

USCIS Strengthen U.S. Borders and Approaches
New USCIS' Refugee Screening Process

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

USCIS Strengthen U.S. Borders and Approaches
Verification Review of DHS' Drug Interdiction

To determine the adequacy, effectiveness, and timeliness of DHS corrective actions to five OIG reports (OIG-19-53, OIG-18-83, OIG-17-09, OIG-17-03, OIG-11-57) that made 18 recommendations for improvement to DHS's drug interdiction efforts.

CBP Counter Terrorism and Homeland Threats