OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR CARES Act Flash Report December 2020: Where’s the Money? DOI CARES Act Funds as of December 31, 2020 The DOI received On March 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) was enacted. To date, the CARES Act has provided the $909.7 million U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) with $909.7 million. This report describes the DOI’s funding status as of December 31, 2020 (see Figure 1), under the CARES Act to a new example program, additional funding for the Bureau of Indian respond to impacts from Education (BIE), and updated information on the DOI’s completion of COVID-19: CARES Act milestones (see page 3). We are issuing this report for • $453 million for the Bureau of transparency and for the DOI’s use in managing the funding. The funding Indian Affairs (BIA) and related information has not been audited or reviewed in accordance with applicable standards. • $157.4 million for DOI operations (Office of the Figure 1: Funding Status as of December 31, 2020 Secretary (OS))* Business Appropriation/ Obligations Expenditures Area Transfer ($) To Date ($) To Date ($) • $69 million for BIE BIA 453,000,000 421,011,121 397,946,418 o $153.7 million for the BIE (92.9%) (87.8%) transferred from the OS* 143,580,000 2,869,111 1,413,955 U.S. Department of Education (2.0%) (1.0%) (ED) FWS 3,585,000 1,343,614 1,257,489 (37.5%) (35.1%) • $55 million for the Office of NPS 5,467,000 1,855,614 1,719,137 Insular Affairs (OIA) (33.9%) (31.4) BLM 4,053,000 1,456,932 1,110,847 • $12 million for the Bureau of (35.9%) (27.4%) Reclamation (BOR)–water OWF 265,000 241,460 154,062 resources (91.1%) (58.1%) BOR 450,000 0 0 • $8.1 million for the BOR–policy 0% 0% and administration BIE 69,000,000 60,440,626 59,107,542 (87.6%) (85.7%) • $1 million for the Office of Inspector General (OIG) BIE (ED) 153,750,000 127,324,113 117,584,750 (82.8%) (76.5%) • $500,000 for the BOR–Central OIA 55,000,000 42,627,375 11,814,426 Utah Project Completion Act (77.5%) (21.5%) (CUPCA) BOR (Water) 12,000,000 6,325,850 6,216,465 (52.7%) (51.8%) * The OS transferred funds to the U.S. Fish BOR (Policy) 8,100,000 1,703,568 1,703,568 and Wildlife Service (FWS), National Park (21.0%) (21.0%) Service (NPS), Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Bureau of Reclamation (BOR), and OIG 1,000,000 847,113 847,113 Office of Wildland Fire (OWF). In addition, (84.7%) (84.7%) OWF funds were transferred to BLM, FWS, BOR (CUPCA) 500,000 28,617 1,110 and NPS child accounts with the OS. Figure 1 includes a breakdown of the transferred (5.7%) (0.2%) funds. The OS may transfer additional funds $668,075,114 $600,876,882 within the DOI in the future. Totals $909,750,000 (73.4%) (66.0%) CARES Act Flash Report • No. 2021-FIN-014 • Issued February 18, 2021 1 Details on Award Types DOI programs and bureaus have made funds available via contracts and grants/financial assistance awards (see Figure 2). Figure 2: Award Types Used as of December 31, 2020 Total Percentage of Award Type Value ($) Total Value Grant/financial assistance award 609,961,578 91.3 Contracts and supplies 30,738,143 4.6 Top 5 Recipients Other (e.g., equipment, personnel) 27,375,393 4.1 • Navajo Nation Tribal Totals $668,075,114 100% Government ($12,577,400) COVID-19 vs. CARES Act Expenditures • Government of Guam As of December 31, 2020, CARES Act charge card expenditures totaled ($12,039,565) $4.8 million, and COVID-19-related purchases (not charged to CARES Act funds) totaled $12.6 million (see Figure 3). The DOI may make future • Mississippi Band of Choctaw adjustments to some of these COVID-19 expenditures to reflect the use of Indians ($9,553,410) CARES Act funds as more transactions are reviewed for proper classification. • Cherokee Nation Figure 3: Charge Card Purchase Amounts as of December 31, 2020 ($9,131,601) Bureau CARES Act ($) COVID-19 ($) Total ($) • Government of the U.S. BIA 2,196,867 4,548,067 6,744,934 Virgin Islands ($7,863,776) BLM 589,553 1,768,426 2,357,979 BOR 883,522 10,048 893,570 Example CARES Act Program FWS 235,957 1,186,330 1,422,287 The Pueblo of Zuni (POZ) in Zuni, NPS 932,359 4,203,510 5,135,869 NM, has received $2.2 million in Other† 0 838,493 838,493 CARES Act funding from the BIA. Totals $4,838,258 $12,554,874 $17,393,132 The POZ announced on its website that it is providing † This includes departmental offices, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, personal protective equipment the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, and the U.S. Geological Survey. and cleaning kits to its community members. The POZ is also providing behavioral health Additional BIE Funds Forthcoming services to individuals 9 years and The December 27, 2020 Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act provided an additional $409,400,000 to the BIE. older, and it encourages The funds will be transferred from the ED as part of the Education community members to call a Stabilization Fund and are subject to the terms and conditions for funding counselor if they are experiencing under section 18001(a)(2) of the CARES Act. All of the funding will be anxiety, loss of security, provided to BIE-operated and -funded elementary and secondary schools bereavement or unresolved grief (60 percent) and tribal colleges and universities (40 percent). over the loss of a loved one, or the effects of social isolation. As of the end of December 2020, the POZ had confirmed 31 community member deaths. CARES Act Flash Report • No. 2021-FIN-014 • Issued February 18, 2021 2 Ongoing Milestones Effective the date of OMB Memorandum M-20-21 As of December 31, 2020, (April 10, 2020), the DOI must identify, track, and we have identified anticipate reporting charge card spending related to $12,554,874 in charge card COVID-19. These charge card transactions must use transactions with the “COVID” as an identifier. COVID identifier. By April 26, 2020, the Secretary of the Treasury must On September 25, 2020, the consult with the Secretary of the Interior and Indian tribes U.S. Court of Appeals for about payments totaling $8 billion to tribes. Several tribes, the DC Circuit held that including three in Alaska, argued that the allotment is not Alaska Native corporations meant for for-profit corporations and should exclusively are not eligible for funding Significant Milestones support tribal governments. under Title V of the CARES Act. We will continue to The CARES Act requires agencies report this milestone to submit reports by certain pending completion of the deadlines, and the U.S. Office of appeals process. On January 8, 2021, the Management and Budget (OMB) U.S. Supreme Court agreed provided further clarification on to hear the case. the reporting requirements in its Starting with the June 2020 reporting period through The first quarter bureau Memorandum M-20-21, September 30, 2021, the Deputy Secretary or the Chief Operating reports for fiscal year 2021 Implementation Guidance for Officer must review quarterly the progress made on program are due January 15, 2021. Supplemental Funding Provided performance under the CARES Act. The Deputy Secretary will in Response to the Coronavirus conduct quarterly reviews on performance goals and is also Disease 2019 (COVID-19), informed in near real time on various performance developments. issued April 10, 2020. We are The Acting Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management and Budget issued a memo to heads of bureaus and offices titled monitoring these DOI CARES Act Quarterly Output/Outcome Reporting Guidance. milestones. Reporting Requirements Completed by Submitting Data Completed Milestones to USASpending.gov and PandemicOversight.gov On June 9, 2020, DOI assessed The DOI must report monthly to the OMB, the U.S. Department The DOI continues to meet and adjusted existing reporting of the Treasury, the PRAC, and the appropriate congressional this monthly requirement. and audit deadlines and committees on any obligation or expenditure of large covered considered how to balance funds, starting with the June 2020 reporting period through existing statutory and regulatory September 30, 2021. Large covered funds are any funds made available in any form (e.g., via grant, cooperative agreement, compliance requirements with contract, loan, loan guarantee, award, or other mechanism) that the new workload associated exceed $150,000. with the COVID-19 crisis. Not later than 10 days after the end of each calendar The DOI met this quarter, each recipient of large covered funds shall submit requirement for the On July 16, 2020, the DOI a report on use of the funds to the DOI and the PRAC. quarter ending submitted to the Pandemic December 31, 2020. Response Accountability The DOI must submit Digital Accountability and The DOI continues to meet Committee (PRAC) a plan Transparency Act (DATA Act) files A, B, and C monthly this monthly requirement. describing how the covered instead of quarterly, starting with the June 2020 reporting funds will be spent. period. These submissions must be certified by the DATA Act Senior Accountable Official or Financial Representative Designee for COVID-19-related funding. The DOI certifying official for the monthly DATA Act file submissions is the Financial Business Management System Business Integration Office Director. Not later than 30 days after the end of each calendar The DOI met the quarter, the PRAC in consultation with the DOI must make requirement for the the reports by covered recipients publicly available. quarter ending December 31, 2020. CARES Act Flash Report • No. 2021-FIN-014 • Issued February 18, 2021 3
Where's the Money? DOI Use of CARES Act Funds as of December 31, 2020
Published by the Department of the Interior, Office of Inspector General on 2021-02-18.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report. (PDF)