June 9, 2021

Project Announcement: Audit of the U.S. Northern Command Execution of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act Funding (Project No. D2021-D000AU-0134.000)

We plan to begin the subject audit in June 2021. We are conducting this audit in response to allegations made to the Defense Hotline. The objective of this audit is to determine whether U.S. Northern Command officials used Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act funding to support the coronavirus disease–2019 pandemic response in accordance with Federal laws and DoD policies. We may revise the objective as the audit proceeds, and we will also consider suggestions from management for additional or revised objectives.

June 7, 2021

Project Announcement: Evaluation of Combatant Commands Communication Challenges with Foreign Nation Partners during the COVID-19 Pandemic and Mitigation Efforts (Project No. D2021-DEV0PD-0132.000)

We plan to begin the subject evaluation in June 2021. The objective of this evaluation is to determine how U.S. Africa Command, U.S. Central Command, U.S. European Command, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, U.S. Southern Command, and their Component Commands mitigated communication problems with partner nations during the COVID-19 pandemic, document those mitigation strategies, and consider whether these strategies should be employed in future operations where personal interaction is not possible. We may revise the objective as the evaluation proceeds, and we will consider suggestions from management for additional or revised objectives.

May 24, 2021

Project Announcement: Audit of the Military Services Actions for Improving Diversity and Inclusion in the DoD (Project No. D2021-D000RL-0122.000)

We plan to begin the subject audit in May 2021. This audit was initiated in response to the requirements of the FY 2021 National Defense Authorization Act, Section 554, “Inspector General Oversight of Diversity and Inclusion in Department of Defense, Supremacist, Extremist, or Criminal Gang Activity in the Armed Forces,” January 1, 2021. The objective of this audit is to determine to what extent the Military Services implemented actions to improve Diversity and Inclusion that were approved by the Secretary of Defense and agreed to by the Military Services in 2020.

May 24, 2021

Project Announcement: Audit of the Tracking, Recovery, and Reuse of Department of Defense–Owned Shipping Containers (Project No. D2021-D000RK-0118.000)

We plan to begin the subject audit in May 2021. The objective of this audit is to determine to what extent the Army, Navy, and Marine Corps complied with DoD requirements to: (1) track, recover, and reuse DoD-owned shipping containers, and (2) include those containers in an accountable property system of record.

May 20, 2021

Project Announcement: Audit of the Defense Health Agency's Reporting of Improper Payment Estimates for the Military Health Benefits Program (Project No. D2021-D000FL-0128.000)

We plan to begin the subject audit in May 2021. The objective of this audit is to determine whether the Defense Health Agency is accurately identifying and reporting improper payments as required by the Payment Integrity Information Act of 2019. We may revise the objective as the audit proceeds, and we will also consider suggestions from management for additional or revised objectives.

May 20, 2021

Project Announcement: Joint Audit of Security Controls Over Coast Guard Systems Used and Operated on the DoD Information Network (Project No. D2021-D000CT-0104.000)

The DoD Office of Inspector General and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General plan to begin the subject joint audit in May 2021. The objective of the audit is to determine whether the Coast Guard implemented security controls to protect Coast Guard systems used and operated on the DoD Information Network in accordance with applicable cybersecurity requirements. We may revise the objective as the audit proceeds, and we will also consider suggestions from DoD and DHS management on additional or revised objectives.

May 18, 2021

Project Announcement: Audit of Vetting and Continuous Review of International Military Students Enrolled in United States-Based Training Programs and Accompanying Family Members (Project No. D2021-D000RG-0124.000)

We plan to begin the subject audit in May 2021. The objective of this audit is to determine whether the DoD effectively implemented vetting procedures for international military students enrolled in U.S.-based training programs and their accompanying family members with access to DoD installations and facilities, in accordance with DoD guidance. We may revise the objective as the audit proceeds, and we will also consider suggestions from management for additional or revised objectives.

May 17, 2021

Project Announcement: Audit of the Department of the Navy's Controls Over the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act Program (Project No. D2021-D000AT-0125.000)

We plan to begin the subject audit in May 2021. The objective of this audit is to determine whether the Department of the Navy effectively managed the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act program, including reducing claimant fraud, waste, or abuse. We may revise the objective as the audit proceeds, and we will also consider suggestions from management for additional or revised objectives.

May 17, 2021

Project Announcement: Re-Announcement of Evaluation of Kinetic Targeting Processes in the United States Africa Command Area of Responsibility (Project No. D2020-DEV0PD0093.000)

We plan to restart the subject evaluation in May 2021. Due to the Coronavirus-19 travel constraints we suspended the project in March 2020. The objective of this evaluation is to determine whether U.S. Africa Command (USAFRICOM) and U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) established and followed targeting procedures in the USAFRICOM area of responsibility to reduce civilian casualties (CIVCAS) and collateral damage. We will also determine whether USAFRICOM and USSCOCOM followed CIVCAS reporting procedures in the USAFRICOM area of responsibility. We may revise the objective as the evaluation proceeds, and we will consider suggestions from management for additional or revised objectives.

May 10, 2021

Project Announcement: Audit of the DoD Certification Process for Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act Section 4003 Loans Provided to Companies Designated as Critical to Maintaining National Security (Project No. D2021-D000AV-0121.000)

We plan to begin the subject audit in May 2021. The objective of this audit is to determine the effectiveness of the DoD’s processes to certify and approve businesses critical to maintaining national security for loans under Section 4003 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. We may revise the objective as the audit proceeds, and we will also consider suggestions from management for additional or revised objectives.