OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL U.S.DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR CARES Act Flash Report June 2020: Where’s the Money? DOI CARES Act Funds as of June 30, 2020 The DOI received On March 27, 2020, the President signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). To date, the $909.7 million CARES Act has provided the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) under the CARES Act to with $909.7 million, which includes direct apportionments of $756 respond to impacts from million to support the needs of DOI programs, bureaus, Indian COVID-19: Country, and the Insular Areas, and a $153.7 million transfer from the U.S. Department of Education to the BIE in June. This report includes • $453 million for the Bureau of the DOI’s progress as of June 30, 2020 (see Figure 1), a new Indian Affairs (BIA) highlighted recipient, and updated information regarding the DOI’s accomplishment of CARES Act milestones (see page 3). • $157.4 million for DOI operations (Office of the Figure 1: Funding Status as of June 30, 2020 Secretary (OS))* Business Appropriation Expenditures Obligations • $69 million for the Bureau of Area /Transfer ($) To Date ($) To Date ($) Indian Education (BIE) BIA 453,000,000 342,976,639 395,359,424 (75.7%) (87.3%) • $153.7 million for the BIE OS* 144,865,000 561,054 2,154,264 transferred from the U.S. (0.4%) (1.5%) Department of Education FWS 3,585,000 396,687 408,369 (11.1%) (11.4%) • $55 million for the Office of Insular Affairs (OIA) NPS 5,197,000 0 0 (0%) (0%) • $12 million for the Bureau of BLM 3,753,000 470,912 637,321 Reclamation (BOR)–water (12.5%) (17%) resources BIE 69,000,000 46,353,546 50,275,037 (67.2%) (72.9%) • $8.1 million for the BOR– BIE (ED) 153,750,000 5,968 40,482,634 policy and administration (0%) (26.3%) • $1 million for the Office of OIA 55,000,000 487,182 42,627,375 (0.9%) (77.5%) Inspector General (OIG) BOR (Water) 12,000,000 574,221 691,153 • $500,000 for the BOR–Central (4.8%) (5.8%) Utah Project Completion Act BOR (Policy) 8,100,000 1,448,072 1,645,568 (CUPCA) (17.9%) (20.3%) OIG 1,000,000 263,981 263,981 *The OS transferred funds to the U.S. (26.4%) (26.4%) Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), National Park Service (NPS), BOR 500,000 0 0 and Bureau of Land Management (CUPCA) (0%) (0%) (BLM). Figure 1 includes a breakdown $393,538,262 $534,545,127 of the transferred funds. Totals $909,750,000 (43.3%) (58.8%) CARES Act Flash Report • No. 2020-FIN-052 • Issued July 28, 2020 1 Details on Award Types DOI programs and bureaus have made funds available via contracts and grants/financial assistance awards (see Figure 2). Figure 2: Award Types Used as of June 30, 2020 Total % of Award Type Value ($) Total Value Grant/financial 525,659,527 98.2 assistance award Top 5 Recipients Contracts and supplies 6,713,526 1.3 • Government of Guam Other (e.g., equipment, ($12 million) 2,928,094 0.5 personnel) • Navajo Nation Tribal Totals $535,301,147 100% Government ($9.5 million) • Cherokee Nation Tribal Highlighted Recipient – Guam Government ($7.9 million) The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the United States and its territories. Through the DOI Office of Insular Affairs appropriation, • Government of the U.S. CARES Act funding will provide much needed health and welfare Virgin Islands ($7.8 million) assistance to Guam, the DOI’s largest recipient to date. Guam is a U.S. Territory in Micronesia, the Western Pacific, with a population • Federated States of exceeding 165,000. It is home to six historical parks, including the Micronesia National War of the Pacific National Historical Park overseen by the NPS. As Government ($7.7 million) of June 30, Guam has reported 259 positive cases and 5 deaths. Guam is currently developing its detailed spending plan for approval by the Example CARES Act Program DOI Office of Insular Affairs, which is a prerequisite for the A nonprofit organization in Guam disbursement of funds. received $151,550 in CARES Act emergency relief funding to COVID-19 vs. CARES Act Expenditures prepare, prevent, and respond DOI programs and bureaus used Government charge cards to make to the COVID-19 pandemic. The expenditures. As of June 30, 2020, CARES Act charge card organization will use the funding expenditures totaled $1.8 million and COVID-19-related purchases to provide culturally and (not charged to CARES Act funds) totaled $7.9 million (see Figure 3). linguistically appropriate The DOI may make future adjustments to some of these COVID-19 information, assistance, and expenditures to reflect the use of CARES Act funds as more workshops during and after the transactions get reviewed for proper classification. pandemic to communities in Figure 3: Charge Card Purchase Amounts as of June 30, 2020 Guam. The funding will give the organization a way to help Bureau CARES Act ($) COVID-19 ($) Total ($) Guam’s migrant communities BIA 925,075 2,088,735 3,013,810 stay informed and safe during the pandemic. It will also help BLM 327,778 741,094 1,068,872 retrain individuals who have lost BOR 437,647 4,126 441,772 employment due to COVID-19 FWS 60,856 897,636 958,493 and prepare them to reenter the Other 0 4,155,106 4,155,106 workforce. Totals $1,751,356 $7,886,697 $9,638,053 CARES Act Flash Report • No. 2020-FIN-052 • Issued July 28, 2020 2 April 10† Effective the date of OMB Memorandum M-20-21, the DOI must identify, track, and anticipate reporting charge card spending related to COVID-19. These charge card transactions must use “COVID” as an identifier. To date, we have identified $7,886,697 in charge card charges with the COVID identifier. April 26 By this date, the Secretary of the Treasury shall consult with the Secretary of the Interior and Indian tribes for making payments totaling $8 billion to tribes. Several tribes, including three in Alaska, argued that the allotment is not meant for for-profit Significant Milestones corporations and should exclusively support tribal governments. On April 2 and April 9, Treasury and the DOI consulted with The CARES Act requires agencies more than 3,000 participants representing Indian County and to submit reports by certain Alaska Native villages on funding determinations. On May 5, the deadlines, and the Office of Secretary of the Treasury and Secretary of the Interior issued a Management and Budget (OMB) statement on the path forward for funds to tribes, making $4.8 provided further clarification on billion available to tribal governments in all States. On June 26, a the reporting requirements in its U.S. District Court ruled that Alaska Native corporations are Memorandum M-20-21, eligible to receive CARES Act funds. Implementation Guidance for June 9 By this date, the DOI needs to assess and adjust existing Supplemental Funding Provided reporting and audit deadlines, considering how to balance in Response to the Coronavirus existing statutory and regulatory compliance requirements with Disease 2019 (COVID-19), the new workload associated with the COVID-19 crisis. The DOI issued April 10, 2020. We are has assessed impacts to current DOI reporting and audits, monitoring these DOI including a GAO audit, annual audit, and Data Act reporting and milestones. noted that all were still on target. The CARES Act established the June 25 Not later than 90 days after enactment of the CARES Act, the Pandemic Response DOI must submit to the PRAC a plan describing how the covered Accountability Committee funds will be spent. The DOI submitted the required plan to the (PRAC) to coordinate and PRAC on July 16. support inspectors general in June 30 Starting with the June 30 reporting period through September 30, performing CARES Act oversight. 2021, the Deputy Secretary or the Chief Operating Officer must The DOI must report monthly to review quarterly the progress made on program performance the OMB, the U.S. Department under the CARES Act. An update to this milestone will be of the Treasury, the PRAC, and provided in the next report. the appropriate congressional July 10 Not later than 10 days after the end of each calendar quarter, each committees on any obligation or recipient of covered funds exceeding $150,000 shall submit a expenditure of large covered report on use of the funds to the DOI and the PRAC. As part of funds, starting with the June 30, this requirement, the DOI in coordination with the PRAC and the 2020 reporting period through OMB must provide “user-friendly” means for recipients to meet September 30, 2021. Large this requirement. covered funds are any funds July 21 The DOI must submit DATA Act files A, B, and C monthly made available in any form instead of quarterly, starting with the June 30 reporting period. (e.g., via grant, cooperative These submissions must be certified by the DATA Act Senior agreement, contract, loan, loan Accountable Official or Financial Representative Designee for guarantee, award, or other COVID-19 related funding. mechanism) that exceed $150,000. We are awaiting July 30 Not later than 30 days after the end of each calendar quarter, the confirmation of the monthly due PRAC in consultation with the DOI must make the reports by date for that report to add to the covered recipients publicly available on a website established by the PRAC to foster greater accountability and transparency in the milestone list. use of covered funds. † All dates 2020 CARES Act Flash Report • No. 2020-FIN-052 • Issued July 28, 2020 3
Where's the Money? DOI Use of CARES Act Funds as of June 30, 2020
Published by the Department of the Interior, Office of Inspector General on 2020-07-28.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report. (PDF)