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PRAC Posts State and Local Pandemic Spending Data, Shedding More Light on How CARES Act and American Rescue Plan Act Money Was Spent

05/27/2022

Today, Michael E. Horowitz, Chair of the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee (PRAC) announced the public release of updated Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) spending by states, eligible local governments, Tribal governments, the District of Columbia, and U.S. Territories. The PRAC is also posting newly available data from Treasury on the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund (SLFRF). 

CRF data is only available on the PRAC’s website on a dedicated Coronavirus Relief Fund dashboard. The CRF was established in March 2020 as part of the CARES Act and made $150 billion available to states, eligible local governments, Tribal governments, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Territories (these are called “prime recipients”). 

Under the CARES Act, 864 prime recipients that received over $150,000 in CRF money are required to report spending details quarterly. This is the 8th reporting cycle of 11 total cycles. As of March 31, 2022, 96 percent of the total funds have been spent. The deadline for CRF expenditures to be incurred was December 31, 2021. 

For further details on the CRF data, visit our Frequently Asked Questions. For more information about CRF and prime recipient reporting visit the U.S. Department of the Treasury (Treasury).

The $350 billion SLFRF was funded through the American Rescue Plan Act and provides direct payments for localized pandemic response efforts. Recipients of SLFRF were required to submit spending plans to Treasury and post the plans on their local websites so the public can see how the SLFRF funds are being used. 

The new data available from Treasury is quarterly Project and Expenditure reporting data that covers how the largest governments spent SLFRF funds from March 3, 2021 through December 31, 2021. These large recipients include all states and territories, and cities and counties with a population over 250,000 or an award over $10 million, and Tribal governments with an award over $30 million. 

For more details on the State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund data, visit the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

All of this new data is available through our Data Download Center. In addition to posting a downloadable .csv file, we will make the data available in our Interactive Dashboards in the coming months. 

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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.

If you have additional questions, please contact Lisa Reijula at lisa.reijula@cigie.gov

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