OIG Letter to Chairman Connolly on USAID Reopening Plans


OIG’s Review of USAID’s Plans and Procedures for Returning Employees to the Workplace

We reviewed USAID’s plans and procedures for returning employees to Federal offices in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. For domestic operations, USAID followed the U.S. Government Accountability Office’s key considerations by (1) making decisions about reentry based on local conditions, (2) communicating continuously with employees, (3) having appropriate measures in place to protect employees, and (4) implementing social distancing strategies. For overseas operations, USAID followed State Department direction, which also uses a phased approach following criteria based on evolving local conditions, for returning staff to the workplace.