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OIG Reports on the Chemical Safety Board

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Report: FY 2017 U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board Management Challenge

Report #17-N-0342, July 27, 2017. Continued CSB management attention on human resources should help CSB maximize its limited funding.

Report: CSB Purchase Card Program at Low Risk for Unauthorized Purchases

Report #17-P-0303, July 5, 2017. The Chemical Safety Board's purchase card program, for which it spent $238,390 in FY 2016, is at low risk for unauthorized purchases.

Report: CSB's Fiscal Year 2016 Management Challenges

Report #16-N-0221, June 29, 2016. Attention to CSB management challenges could result in stronger results and protection for the public, and increased confidence in management integrity and accountability.

Report: CSB's Fiscal Year 2014 Management Challenges

The Office of Inspector General is beginning work to update the fiscal year 2014 list of areas we consider to be the key management challenges confronting the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board.

Report: CSB's Fiscal Year 2015 Management Challenges

Report #16-N-0018, Oct 22, 2015. Attention to CSB management challenges could result in stronger results and protection for the public, and increased confidence in management integrity and accountability.

Report: CSB's Fiscal Year 2012 Management Challenges

The EPA Office of Inspector General is beginning work to update our list of areas we consider to be the key management challenges confronting the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board.

Report: Fiscal Year 2015 Federal Information Security Modernization Act Report: Status of CSB’s Information Security Program

Report #16-P-0086, January 27, 2016. The effectiveness of the CSB’s information security program is challenged by its lack of personal identity verification cards for logical access, complete system inventory.

Report: CSB Did Not Follow Federal Guidance While Managing the Vantage Contract

Report #16-P-0112, March 24, 2016. By not following Federal Acquisition Regulation requirements, the CSB’s $125,000 Vantage contract was at risk for mismanagement.

Report: CSB Complied With Improper Payment Legislation Requirements for Fiscal Year 2015

Report #16-P-0109, March 23, 2016. The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) is fully compliant with the reporting requirements of improper payments legislation.

Report: CSB Needs to Continue to Improve Agency Governance and Operations

Report #16-P-0179, May 23, 2016. The lack of internal guidance and implementation of controls puts the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board's (CSB) $11 million budget at risk.

Report: Cybersecurity Act of 2015 Report - CSB’s Policies and Procedures to Protect Systems With Personally Identifiable Information

Report #16-P-0254, August 1, 2016. CSB has one system that contains sensitive PII. Safeguarding such information in the possession of the government and preventing its breach is essential to ensuring CSB retains the trust of the American public.

Report: CSB Has Improved Its Controls Over Purchase Cards

Report #16-P-0260, August 11, 2016. The Chemical Safety Board has lowered to low risk its purchase card program, for which it spent $302,556 in fiscal year 2015.

Report: CSB Has Effective “Identify” and “Recover” Information Security Functions, but Attention Is Needed in Other Information Security Function Areas

Report #17-P-0045, November 14, 2016. More work is needed by CSB to achieve an overall managed and measurable information security program that can effectively manage cybersecurity risks.

Report: Audit of the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board’s Fiscal Years 2016 and 2015 Financial Statements

Report #17-F-0047, November 15, 2016. The CSB Received an unmodified opinion on its fiscal year 2016 financial statements.

Report: CSB Complied With Improper Payment Legislation Requirements for Fiscal Year 2016

Report #17-P-0123, March 9, 2017. The Chemical Safety Board (CSB) is fully compliant with the reporting requirements of improper payments legislation.

Early Warning Report: Not Following Internal Controls Put Acquisitions at Risk

Report #15-P-0007, October 29, 2014. Over $1.9 million in CSB acquisitions are at risk because the Board did not approve the acquisitions.

Report: Audit of the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board’s Fiscal Years 2015 and 2014 Financial Statements

Report #16-F-0041, November 16, 2015. The CSB received an unmodified opinion on its fiscal year 2015 financial statements.

Report: CSB Needs Better Security Controls to Protect Critical Data Stored on Its Regional Servers

Report #16-P-0035, November 5, 2015. Ineffective physical and environmental protection controls place CSB’s investigative data at risk of theft, loss or damage.

Report: CSB’s Public Meeting Announcement Violated The Government in the Sunshine Act

Report #15-P-0304, September 30, 2015.At a public meeting, CSB passed a motion to terminate five investigations on which it had already spent over $800,000 in taxpayer funds without announcing the planned motion in advance, as required by the Sunshine Act.

Report: CSB Needs to Improve Its Acquisition Approvals and Other Processes to Ensure Best Value for Taxpayers

Report #15-P-0245, July 31, 2015. CSB's acquisition process is at risk and may have ineffective operations without a strategy to implement controls. Further, CSB has limited evidence it contracted at the best value.

Report: CSB's Fiscal Year 2014 Purchase Card Program Assessed as High Risk

Report #15-N-0171, June 29, 2015. CSB's $280,000 purchase card program for FY 2014 was assessed as high risk for illegal, improper or erroneous purchases and payments.

Report: CSB Complied With Reporting Requirements of the Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Act for Fiscal Year 2014

Report #15-P-0153, May 1, 2015. CSB is fully compliant with the reporting requirements of IPERA.

Report: Key Aspects of CSB Information Security Program Need Improvement

Report #15-P-0073, February 3, 2015. CSB’s ability to increase its situational awareness and reduce risk exposure is challenged by its lack of a real-time continuous monitoring strategy.

Report: Audit of the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board’s Fiscal Years 2014 and 2013 Financial Statements

Report #15-1-0022, November 17, 2014. The CSB received an unmodified opinion for its fiscal years 2014 and 2013 financial statements.

Report: The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board Complies With the Federal Information Security Management Act (Fiscal Year 2013)

Report #14-P-0181, April 10, 2014. The CSB has an information security program in place that is functioning as designed; the CSB takes information security weaknesses seriously.

Report: U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board Did Not Comply With the Do Not Pay Requirements for Improper Payments

Report #14-P-0172, April 10, 2014. Risk of improper payments is increased because CSB did not implement the preventative measures required by IPERIA.

Report: Audit of the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board’s Fiscal Years 2013 and 2012 Financial Statements

Report #14-1-0038, December 16, 2013. The CSB received an unmodified opinion for its fiscal years 2013 and 2012 financial statements.​

Report: U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board Needs to Complete More Timely Investigations

Report #13-P-0337, July 30, 2013. CSB does not have an effective management system to meet its established performance goal to “conduct incident investigations and safety studies concerning releases of hazardous chemical substances.”

Report: Evaluation of the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board’s Compliance with the Federal Information Security Management Act (Fiscal Year 2012)

Report #13-P-0307, June 28, 2013. KPMG noted that the CSB has an information security program in place that appears to be functioning as designed.

Report: U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board Complied With Reporting Requirements of the Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Act

Report #13-P-0177, March 12, 2013. CSB is fully compliant with the reporting requirements of IPERA, which require all agencies to periodically review all programs and activities that may be susceptible to significant improper payments.

Report: Audit Follow-Up Process Needed for the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board

Report #13-P-0128, February 1, 2013. CSB does not have a follow-up process to allow for prompt implementation of agreed-to OIG audit recommendations.

CSB Semiannual Report: Apr 1, 2012 - Sept 30, 2012

Nov 2012. This CSB Semiannual Report contains the results of our work related to the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) for the reporting period April 1, 2012, through Sept 30, 2012.

Report: U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board Should Improve Its Recommendations Process to Further Its Goal of Chemical Accident Prevention

Report #12-P-0724, August 22, 2012. CSB did not consistently achieve its goals and standards, as outlined in its current strategic plan, for timely implementation of its safety recommendations.

Report: Evaluation of U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board’s Compliance With the Federal Information Security Management Act (Fiscal Year 2011)

Report #12-P-0363, March 21, 2012. KPMG noted that CSB has an information security program in place that appears to be functioning as designed.

Report: U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board Should Determine the Cost Effectiveness of Performing Improper Payment Recovery Audits

Report #12-P-0312, March 1, 2012. The CSB was not fully compliant with the reporting requirements of IPERA.

Report: Evaluation of U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board’s Compliance With the Federal Information Security Management Act (Fiscal Year 2010)

Report #11-P-0148, March 8, 2011. KPMG noted that CSB does have an information security program in place that appears to be functioning as designed.

Report: Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board Did Not Take Effective Corrective Actions on Prior Audit Recommendations

Report #11-P-0115, February 15, 2011. CSB did not take timely corrective actions to address a total of 34 audit recommendations from three OIGs and from GAO.

Report: Evaluation of the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board’s Compliance with the Federal Information Security Management Act (Fiscal Year 2009)

Report #10-P-0174, August 2, 2010. During our FY 2009 evaluation, KPMG noted that CSB does have an information security program in place that appears to be functioning as designed.

Report: Audit of U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board's Fiscal 2009 and 2008 Financial Statements

December 15, 2009. The independent public accounting finn of Brown & Company, CPAs, PLLC performed the audit ofthe CSB financial statements as of and for the years ended September 30, 2009 and 2008.

Report: Audit of U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board’s Fiscal 2008 and 2007 Financial Statements

November 14, 2008. This memorandum transmits the audit report on the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board’s (CSB’s) Fiscal 2008 and 2007 financial statements.

Report: Evaluation of U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board’s Compliance with the Federal Information Security Management Act and Efforts to Protect Sensitive Agency Information (Fiscal Year 2008)

Report #08-P-0295, September 29, 2008. During Fiscal Year 2008, CSB continued to make significant progress in improving the security of its information system resources.

Report: Evaluation of U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board’s Compliance with the Federal Information Security Management Act and Efforts to Protect Sensitive Agency Information (Fiscal Year 2007)

Report #08-P-0134, April 21, 2008. During Fiscal Year 2007, CSB continued to make progress in improving the security of its information system resources.

Report: Audit of U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board’s Fiscal 2007 and 2006 Financial Statements

November 15, 2007. This memorandum transmits the audit report on the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board’s (CSB’s) Fiscal 2007 and 2006 financial statements.

Report: U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board 3B Did Not Adhere to Its 4B Merit Promotion Plan

Report #2007-S-00001, June 4, 2007. CSB did not adhere to its Merit Promotion Plan during the process under which it reassigned three investigators to supervisory positions.

Report: Evaluation of U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board’s Compliance with the Federal Information Security Management Act and Efforts to Protect Sensitive Agency Information (Fiscal Year 2006)

Report #2007-P-00019, April 23, 2007. In Fiscal Year 2006, CSB made significant changes that enhanced the security of information system resources.

Report: U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board Should Track Adherence to Closed Recommendations

Report #2007-P-00010, March 26, 2007. Although CSB has continued to increase its investigative productivity, it does not conduct followup on closed recommendations to track adherence.

Report: Audit of Financial Statements As of and for the Years Ended September 30, 2005 and 2004

Report #2006-1-00080, September 28, 2006. CSB's financial statements, as of and for the years ended September 30, 2005 and 2004, are presented fairly, in all material respects, in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the USA​.

Report: Evaluation of U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board’s Compliance with the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) for Fiscal Year 2005

Report #2005-2-00030, September 28, 2005. The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) took significant actions to fill two critical vacancies.

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