Oversight of America's Investment in Pandemic Response
One year has passed since the CARES Act was enacted, introducing $2.1 trillion in taxpayer dollars to help people, businesses and the economy recover from the pandemic. But who oversees this spending? How do we, as a country, ensure accountability?
Founded in the CARES Act, the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee (PRAC) set out to ensure that pandemic relief funds are spent responsibly and appropriately. So, what has happened over the course of the last year? With the addition of the American Rescue Plan's $1.9 trillion relief package, what's ahead? Watch this recording of the March 25, 2021 virtual event held by PRAC and the Partnership for Public Service to learn more about our first year of oversight of the pandemic response.
Agenda from March 25 Event
Panel #1: Successes and Challenges of Pandemic Oversight
Discussion Leader: James-Christian Blockwood, Executive Vice President, Partnership for Public Service
Gene Dodaro, Comptroller General of the United States and head of the Government Accountability Office
Michael Horowitz, PRAC Chair & Inspector General, U.S. Department of Justice
Panel #2: How the CARES Act Impacted the American Health Care System
Discussion Leader: Dr. Ashish Jha, Dean of the School of Public Health, Professor of Health Services, Policy, and Practice, Brown University
Dr. Rochelle Walensky, Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Dr. Georges Benjamin, Executive Director, American Public Health Association
Panel #3: Economic Impact of Pandemic Spending and Response
Discussion Leader: Dr. Wendy Edelberg, Director of The Hamilton Project & Senior Fellow in economic studies at the Brookings Institution
Steve Ballmer, former CEO of Microsoft and founder of USAFacts.org
Dr. Doug Elmendorf, Dean of Faculty, Harvard Kennedy School & Don K. Price Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School of Government