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PRAC Oversight of Pandemic Relief Cited as Model for Infrastructure Funds

PRAC Chair Michael E. Horowitz and federal Inspectors General met last week with President Biden and White House officials to highlight continued efforts to oversee taxpayer dollars.
05/04/2022

In Memoriam: Passing of Former Inspector General Earl Devaney

Michael E. Horowitz, Chair of the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee (PRAC), along with Allison C. Lerner and Mark Lee Greenblatt, Chair and Vice Chair of the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE), issued the following statements regarding the passing of Earl Devaney, former Inspector General and Chairman of the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board.
04/22/2022

The PRAC Featured on NBC News’ Investigative Series ‘The Fleecing of America’

Michael E. Horowitz, Chair of the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee (PRAC), sat down with NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt this week to discuss COVID-19 relief fund scams and the effort of the PRAC and Inspectors General to prevent the abuse of taxpayer dollars. The segment, featured across TODAY, MSNBC, NBCNews.com, and NBC News NOW, kicked off the return of network’s investigative series The Fleecing of America, which began on NBC Nightly News over 20 years ago.
03/31/2022

Two-Year Mark of the CARES Act and the Creation of the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee

On March 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was enacted. It distributed $2.1 trillion to individuals, businesses, schools, and state and local governments to respond to the effects of the pandemic. The CARES Act also created the PRAC to conduct independent oversight of this spending, and coordinate efforts among our member federal Inspectors General (IGs). Additional legislation now makes us responsible for overseeing nearly $5 trillion spread out among 426 programs administered by 40 federal agencies.
03/25/2022

Highlights from the PRAC Chair’s Testimony before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs

Washington, DC — Michael E. Horowitz, Chair of the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee (PRAC) and Inspector General at the U.S. Department of Justice, testified before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs (HSGAC) on Thursday, March 17, 2022. In his testimony, titled Pandemic Response and Accountability: Reducing Fraud and Expanding Access to COVID-19 Relief through Effective Oversight, Horowitz discussed the PRAC’s ongoing oversight work, achievements over its first two years, and the collaborative model it is providing in building a legacy for effective...
03/17/2022

PRAC Promoting Open Government During National Sunshine Week

Today, Michael E. Horowitz, Chair of the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee (PRAC), reaffirmed a commitment to transparency during Sunshine Week, the annual national awareness initiative to promote open government. The PRAC will participate in two events to remind the public that the committee — made up of 21 federal Inspectors General — is shining light on pandemic spending.
03/14/2022