From the Document: "This report presents the results of the Office of Inspector General's (OIG) audit of the Mine Safety and Health Administration's response to the COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] Pandemic. This audit was part of phase 1 of the OIG's Pandemic Oversight Response Plan. On January 31, 2020, the Secretary of Health and Human Services declared a public health emergency in response to the Coronavirus Disease of 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. As the pandemic spread throughout the United States, industries not otherwise deemed essential began to temporarily close for business. On March 28, 2020, the Department of Homeland Security labeled mining among 17 critical infrastructure industries that states should consider keeping open to assist in the United States' response to the pandemic. The mining industry is a key resource for our energy and construction industries, so it is important that we keep our miners and MSHA inspectors safe."
Department of Labor, Office of the Inspector General, Report No. 19-20-006-06-001