Dig into updated data showing how state, local, and Tribal governments are using the Coronavirus Relief Fund to fight the pandemic.
Federal, state, and local watchdogs are sounding the alarm and law enforcement is prosecuting identity thieves.
The PRAC and its members have issued more than 275 reports that show common challenges across major relief programs like unemployment insurance and loans to small businesses. We’ve broken down these reports into five key lessons for policymakers and agency leaders.
The federal government awarded $28 billion in pandemic response contracts between April 1, 2020, and September 30, 2020. Some of that went to contractors who had never worked with the government before. How well did they perform?
On Thursday, August, 12, 2021, we co-hosted a virtual roundtable discussion with the National Academy of Public Administration. A panel of experts examined the impact of pandemic response programs and spending on historically underserved communities and shared lessons learned.
Who received PPP loans and whose loans have been forgiven? Use our new search tool to find out, and see how they spent the money.
Watch the recorded hearing, and PRAC Chair Michael E. Horowitz's testimony, before the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.
What Pandemic Relief Funding Does the PRAC Oversee?
Provided emergency funding to the Department of Health and Human Services, the State Department, and the Small Business Administration (SBA), and expanded telehealth services under Medicare.
Provided paid sick and family medical leave, tax credits, and free COVID-19 testing. Expanded food assistance programs, unemployment benefits, and Medicaid funding.
Created the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) for small businesses; temporarily expanded unemployment; provided tax rebates to individuals, funding to federal agencies, relief to corporations, payroll support for airline workers, and aid to state and local governments.
Added funds to PPP and other SBA programs. Provided funding to health care providers and federal, state, local, and tribal governments for COVID-19 testing and tracing.
Adjusted Medicare payments to support physicians, extended federal unemployment benefits, started a second round of PPP loans, and funded vaccines, testing, contact tracing, broadband, rental assistance, and direct payments to individuals.
Included direct payments to individuals, aid to state and local governments, healthcare funding for testing, vaccines and research, unemployment benefits, an increase in the child tax credit, additional PPP funding, as well as rental assistance, support for restaurants, and funding for education.
Preventing and Detecting Fraud, Waste, Abuse, and Mismanagement
The Pandemic Response Accountability Committee doesn't just show you the data and where the money is spent. We use the data, along with our other law enforcement partners, to detect and combat fraud, waste, abuse, and mismanagement. This coordinated, comprehensive approach to oversight helps us fulfill our pandemic response accountability mission.
For the Public
- Latest health news from the CDC: Get the Facts About Coronavirus
- Workplace information from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration: Guidance for workers and workplaces
- Personal finance advice from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: Protecting your finances during the coronavirus pandemic
- What Veterans Need to Know, a list of FAQs from the Department of Veterans Affairs
- Find out about the Small Business Administration’s Coronavirus Relief Options here
- The CARES Act Assistance to Small Businesses site supplies information about the Department of the Treasury’s assistance programs
- Small businesses can find help on CFPB's Resources for Small Businesses page
- Farmers can get help through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program for Farmers
For Fraud Awareness
- Department of Health and Human Services OIG COVID-19 Portal
- Small Business Administration OIG scam and fraud alerts
- Federal Trade Commission consumer advice website
- Department of Justice OIG coronavirus page
- Department of Labor OIG's pandemic response portal
- Treasury IG for Tax Administration's IRS-Related Coronavirus Scams