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CARES Act One Year Later

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. 

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thumbnail image of a one-year timeline of pandemic response oversight efforts

Click the timeline image above to discover what we've accomplished in a year of oversight.

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

Dr. Doug Elmendorf, Dean of Faculty, Harvard Kennedy School & Don K. Price Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School of Government

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