Inspector General Open Recommendations
03/31/2021 - Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Critical Functions in FDIC Contracts Inspection / Evaluation - Open Recommendations
03/31/2021 - Department of Veterans Affairs Quality of Colonoscopies in Multispecialty Community-Based Outpatient Clinics Review - Open Recommendations
03/31/2021 - National Science Foundation Performance Audit of the Implementation of OMB COVID-19 Flexibilities – University of Alaska Fairbanks Audit - Open Recommendations
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Direct UAF to strengthen its administrative and management processes and training procedures for ensuring that it appropriately applies indirect costs to costs charged to Federal awards. Updated processes could include: a. Requiring an annual review of sponsored award accounts that UAF established to track participant support costs to ensure that the accounts do not apply indirect costs. b. Requiring that personnel manually review purchase card transactions that exceed $5,000 to evaluate whether UAF should account for the purchase(s) as equipment.
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Direct UAF to strengthen its policies and procedures related to creating and retaining documentation, including introducing additional controls to help ensure that UAF appropriately creates and maintains all documentation necessary to support the allowability of expenses charged to sponsored programs.
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Direct UAF to provide additional training regarding the types of travel expenses that are allowable and unallowable under Federal and NSF regulation and UAF policy. This training should specifically address how to account for expenses claimed by non-UAF employees for which UAF has received a travel credit.
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Direct UAF to strengthen its administrative and management processes and procedures surrounding the approval of travel expense reports. Updated procedures could include: a. Conducting annual training for those individuals responsible for reviewing and approving expense reports within each department. b. Requiring personnel to perform additional procedures when a traveler diverts from their original travel itinerary.
03/31/2021 - National Science Foundation Performance Audit of the Implementation of OMB COVID-19 Flexibilities – University of Kentucky Research Foundation Audit - Open Recommendations
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03/31/2021 - Department of Labor MSHA Can Improve How Violations Are Issued, Terminated, Modified, and Vacated Audit - Open Recommendations
We recommend the Assistant Secretary for Mine Safety and Health: Provide training on how to determine the subsequent inspection when multiple inspections overlap, enter violations into the system in the same chronological order identified, be specific when writing the “Area or Equipment” entry, and when it is appropriate to list “No area affected” for an order.
We recommend the Assistant Secretary for Mine Safety and Health: Update system controls to improve compliance of MSHA violations with the Mine Act and MSHA guidance in the following instances: a. Verify only authorized violation types used; b. Include all required phrases automatically in the “Condition or Practice” entry when the inspector selects 103(a) citations, 104(g)(1) orders, 104(e)(1)/104(e)(2) orders, or 107(a) orders; c. Ensure 104(d) orders and 104(g)(1) orders cite eligible CFR sections; d. Verify the correlations between the CFR or Mine Act sections of 104(b) orders and the original violation; e. Verify 104(d)(1) orders, 104(d)(2) orders, 104(e)(1) orders, and 104(e)(2) orders reference the correct “initial action” by including additional crucial attributes in the system controls, such as issue date, event number, and event start date; f. Verify orders have the “Area or Equipment” entry populated when initially issuing the violation; g. Apply system controls to modifications done directly in MCAS, such as modifications due to court decisions or settlements; h. Identify modifications needed to other violations when vacating or modifying a violation; i. Verify the reasonableness of the due dates and provide warnings to inspectors when due dates appear longer than necessary; and j. Provide a warning message to inspectors when trying to issue a safeguard at a mine that would lead to multiple safeguards citing the same regulation issued for a single mine.