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As of December 7, 2021, there are 4653 open recommendations, of which 482 are priority recommendations. Recommendations remain open until they are designated as Closed-implemented or Closed-not implemented.

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COVID-19: Critical Vaccine Distribution, Supply Chain, Program Integrity, and Other Challenges Require Focused Federal Attention

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Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Priority Rec.
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The Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health should develop a plan, with time frames, to implement the agency's oversight processes for COVID-19-adapted enforcement methods, as described in its pandemic enforcement policies. (Recommendation 8)
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The Department of Labor (DOL) neither agreed nor disagreed with our recommendation. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) COVID-19-adapted enforcement methods continue to lack firm oversight plans. We reported in January 2021 that OSHA did not have specific plans or time frames for how and when to conduct the oversight of its COVID-19-adapted enforcement methods that was outlined in the agency's pandemic-related enforcement policy-to ensure the methods are effective. For oversight of remote inspections, in May 2021, OSHA officials said that the agency was no longer

Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Priority Rec.
This is a priority recommendation.
The Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health should ensure that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration Information System includes comprehensive information on use of the agency's COVID-19-adapted enforcement methods sufficient to inform its oversight processes for these methods. (Recommendation 9)
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DOL neither agreed nor disagreed with our recommendation. OSHA continues to be unable to reliably track some of its COVID-19-adapted enforcement methods. We reported in January 2021 that OSHA could not reliably track some types of adapted enforcement methods in OIS, which may hinder its ability to conduct its planned oversight. For example, although OIS documents when informal inquiries are used, in general, it does not identify when the informal inquiry constituted an adapted enforcement method-that is, when COVID-19-related constraints caused an area office to use an informal inquiry, in

Workplace Safety and Health: Better Outreach, Collaboration, and Information Needed to Help Protect Workers at Meat and Poultry Plants

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Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Priority Rec.
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The Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health should work with FSIS to assess the implementation of the MOU and make any needed changes to ensure improved collaboration; and set specific timeframes for periodic evaluations of the MOU. (Recommendation 4)
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As of September 2021, OSHA and FSIS drafted an updated MOU, which both parties are reviewing. The two agencies have met to discuss workplace safety, collaboration between the two agencies, and the implementation of the MOU. During a series of working meetings, they discussed each aspect of the MOU, including training and coordination activities. FSIS and OSHA will continue to meet routinely and review the MOU to determine whether adjustments are needed, as appropriate. We will consider closing this recommendation when this effort is complete.

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