Today, Allison C. Lerner, Chair of the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE), announced the appointment of Michael E. Horowitz, Inspector General of the Department of Justice, to serve as the Chair of CIGIE’s Pandemic Response Accountability Committee (PRAC). Mr. Horowitz has been serving as Acting Chair of the PRAC since April 2020.
Ms. Lerner appointed Mr. Horowitz pursuant to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”). The CARES Act provided over $2 trillion in emergency federal spending to address the economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic and established the PRAC and several other oversight mechanisms to prevent waste, fraud, and abuse in the use of these funds.
Mr. Horowitz will continue to serve as IG of the Department of Justice.
“I am pleased to have this opportunity to continue leading the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee. Since the PRAC's formation in March 2020, we have worked tirelessly to coordinate robust oversight and provide transparency into pandemic relief and recovery spending data. I look forward to leading the development of PRAC and ensuring that all of its stakeholders, including taxpayers, have timely insight into the federal pandemic response,” said Mr. Horowitz.
The PRAC was established by the CARES Act to promote transparency and support independent oversight of the funds provided by the CARES Act and other related emergency spending bills. In addition to its coordination and oversight responsibilities, the PRAC is tasked with supporting efforts to “prevent and detect fraud, waste, abuse, and mismanagement [and] mitigate major risks that cut across program and agency boundaries.”
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