Robert A. Westbrooks, Executive Director of the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee (PRAC), announced a new way to view data on PandemicOversight.gov.
These new agency funding profiles enable the public to see the total amount of pandemic relief money that nearly 40 federal agencies received, and the specific programs funded. They also include relevant oversight work from federal Offices of Inspectors General, whose audits and investigations alert the public and policymakers of any fraud, waste, and abuse.
“This new website feature reflects our dual responsibilities of transparency and oversight,” added Mr. Westbrooks. “On a single agency’s page, you can see the programs that were funded, if the programs are effective, and see how fraudsters who stole pandemic relief funds are being brought to justice.”
Here’s an example of data shown for the Small Business Administration (SBA), as of the date of this release:
- The agency received $958 billion in pandemic relief funding.
- 14 programs received funding.
- SBA’s watchdog has released 22 audit reports.
- Law enforcement has made multiple indictments and convictions related to programs SBA administers, like the Paycheck Protection Program.
The public can also visit PandemicOversight.gov to get details on 22 million individual awards and interact with six dashboards loaded with data visualizations for specific programs, like the Restaurant Revitalization Fund.
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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