Today, Michael E. Horowitz, Chair of the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee (PRAC) announced the public release of additional data for Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) spending. This CRF dataset now contains information from 35 prime recipients, including 32 states, on their sub-recipients’ spending down to the project level. These prime recipients delaying reporting to use an automated web tool instead of submitting manually due to their volume of sub-recipients. The dataset includes CRF funds spent from March 1 through September 30, 2020, and is only available on PandemicOversight.gov.
About the CRF Data
PandemicOversight.gov now includes the following data and features related to the CRF:
- Data from Reporting Cycle 1 (March 1-June 30) and Cycle 2 (July 1-September 30) from 616 prime recipients that received a total of $148.1 billion and awarded $78.4 billion to 40,313 sub-recipients.
- Tables linking prime recipients with their sub-recipients, with the following information:
- Award amount and amount spent as of September 30, 2020
- Number of sub-recipients for each prime recipient
- Sub-award details
- Award amounts
- Project level data, including description, status, project number, and spending category
- The ability to filter and download data
- A map that shows where the money has been spent
The CRF was established in March 2020 as part of the CARES Act. The U.S. Department of the Treasury made $150 billion in Coronavirus Relief Funds available to states, eligible local governments, Tribal governments, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Territories (“prime recipients”). Under the CARES Act, 785 prime recipients received Coronavirus Relief Funds, however, only the 760 recipients that received over $150,000 in CRF are required to report on their spending.
Prime recipients distributed payments to sub-recipients through contracts, grants, loans, transfers to other government entities, and direct payments. Sub-recipients may include educational institutions, non-profits, businesses, or health care providers, among others.
The CARES Act gave the Treasury Office of Inspector General (OIG) the responsibility to monitor CRF funds and request the return of any funds that are not spent for allowable purposes. To carry out its oversight responsibilities, the Treasury OIG requires prime recipients to submit quarterly reports detailing how the prime recipients and their sub-recipients are spending the money. Those reports power the visualizations that are now posted on this website. The pandemic relief legislation enacted on December 27, 2020 extended the deadline for CRF expenditures to be incurred to December 31, 2021.
The next dataset to be added to PandemicOversight.gov will be data for Reporting Cycle 3 (October 1-December 31, 2020) for all prime recipients required to report.
For details on the CRF data on PandemicOversight.gov, visit our Frequently Asked Questions. For more information about CRF and prime recipient reporting visit the U.S. Department of the Treasury.
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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