July 20, 2021
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Government Audit Watch
OIG: Cost of VA EHR modernization grossly underestimated
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The Department of Veterans Affairs' Office of Electronic Health Record Modernization may have underestimated the cost of IT infrastructure needed for its EHR modernization project by $2.5 billion, according to the VA Office of Inspector General. A prior OIG report found the VA had underestimated the costs of electrical work, cabling, and heating, ventilation and cooling upgrades for the project by $1 billion to $2.6 billion.
Full Story: Nextgov (7/8) 
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The Tennessee Valley Authority's Office of the Inspector General has released a report identifying behavioral and operational risks with the Sequoyah nuclear power plant's chemistry/environmental program, citing such issues as low morale, inaccurate sample documentation and the physical work environment. TVA has responded by noting that actions to "address the OIG's recommendations have either already been taken or are in development."
Full Story: Nuclear Newswire (American Nuclear Society) (7/14) 
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Patrick Nwaokwu of Laurel, Md., Musa Bangura of Manassas, Va., and Johanah Napoleon of Wellington, Fla., were charged with conspiracy to commit health care fraud, among other charges. Authorities said the defendants conspired with other individuals in a scheme to sell fraudulent nursing diplomas and transcripts, which were used to falsely indicate that individuals completed required clinical hours and courses to receive medical licenses.
Full Story: Department of Justice (7/16) 
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Maine interpreters sentenced for MaineCare fraud
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Interpreters Abdirashid Ahmed and Garat Osman of Lewiston, Maine, were sentenced to two years in prison and three years of probation, respectively, after both entered guilty pleas to health care fraud. Court records showed the defendants, who also agreed to pay over $2.4 million total in restitution, received illegal kickbacks in exchange for referring patients to a MaineCare provider who fraudulently billed the program for counseling and interpreting services related to patient visits.
Full Story: Department of Justice (7/16) 
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Risk Management
The Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General released a report that found faults in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Enterprise Risk Management process that could expose genomic data to "foreign and domestic adversaries." A Genomics Data Security Act was introduced in the Senate in May.
Full Story: Health IT Security (7/14) 
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A Game Changer Resource Released
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Regulation & Compliance
Calls are being made to require state workforce agencies that suspect unemployment fraud to report it to the Department of Labor inspector general to prevent large-scale fraud and share trends. The pandemic resulted in more than $5.4 billion paid in potentially fraudulent unemployment claims in eight months in 2020.
Full Story: Federal Computer Week (7/7) 
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Fraud & Ethics
The emerging global situation has changed how audit leaders should handle the possibility of fraud, writes Ookeditse Kamau. Kamau outlines how assessments are made based on the fraud diamond theory of specific elements that could influence a person: pressure, opportunity, rationalization and capability.
Full Story: ISACA (6/28) 
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Technology
The National Institute of Standards and Technology has released clarification on what software is defined as EO-critical, meaning software that will fall under President Biden's executive order to improve the country's cybersecurity. This first list is for standalone software, with cloud-based software at a later date.
Full Story: Health IT Security (6/29) 
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PSAC News
August Public Sector Virtual Symposium: Explore Many Points of P3 Projects
Join dynamic speakers including Sheri Ostridge, CAE/ERM Chief Employment and Social Development Canada, in her Auditing P3 Projects: Challenges, Opportunities and Lessons Learned. Plus, an expert panel will discuss real-time strategies for navigating the risks and rewards of a variety P3 projects. Hear from dynamic speakers in the public sector and earn up to four CPE credits. Register today.
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The Impact of Covid on the Public Sector
The IIA took this year’s Pulse of Internal Audit survey data and saw an opportunity to provide key information about budget, staffing, risk levels, and audit planning in the public sector. Access now.
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