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Today, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee (PRAC) issued a joint alert on the benefits of using automation and data analytics in reducing the risk of improper payments of government funds. Agencies receiving funding for administration or technology modernization initiatives or activities should consider these elements for both short and long-term improvement. Reducing the risk of improper payments of government funds – also known as payment integrity – is essential to effective stewardship of taxpayer resources and is vital to public...
07/21/21
Today, Michael E. Horowitz, Chair of the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee (PRAC), announced the formation of a new working group focused on preventing and addressing identity fraud in pandemic response programs. The PRAC Identity Fraud Reduction & Redress Working Group is a joint effort of multiple Inspectors General who are members of the PRAC: Chair: Susan Gibson, Inspector General, National Reconnaissance Office Hannibal “Mike” Ware, Inspector General, Small Business Administration J. Russell George, Inspector General, Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration Michael...
07/15/21
Today, Sandra D. Bruce, chair of the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee’s (PRAC) Federal, State, and Local Coordination Subcommittee, announced that pandemic oversight reports by state and local agencies are now available in the Reports Library. Today’s launch includes over 90 reports from state, county, and city auditors overseeing pandemic response funds. The reports cover unemployment insurance, use of Coronavirus Relief Funds, pandemic preparedness, contact tracing, and more. The reports can be found alongside the PRAC’s pandemic oversight reports by federal auditors. The PRAC...
07/08/21
Today, Michael E. Horowitz, Chair of the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee, (PRAC) announced the release of Provider Relief Fund (PRF) data. The PRF data shows payments to health care providers adversely affected by the pandemic and previously was available only on the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) website. About the Provider Relief Fund Funding from the PRF went to qualified hospitals and health care providers for expenses or lost revenue due to the pandemic. Congress has allocated $186.5 billion to the PRF through the CARES Act and related pandemic relief legislation...
06/03/21
Today, Michael E. Horowitz, Chair of the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee (PRAC) announced the public release of an updated dataset of Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) spending by states, eligible local governments, Tribal governments, the District of Columbia, and U.S. Territories. CRF data is only available on the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) page on this website and includes all funds spent March 1, 2020 through March 31, 2021. About the CRF Data This update includes the following data and features related to the CRF: As of March 31, 2021, 693 prime recipients have reported on their...
05/20/21
Earlier this year, the Special Inspector General for Pandemic Recovery (SIGPR) sought a legal opinion from the Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) to determine whether SIGPR’s oversight jurisdiction extended to two programs created by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) over which the Inspector General for the Department of the Treasury (Treasury OIG) was already conducting oversight. The OLC opinion concluded, after reviewing the CARES Act’s statutory language and legislative history, that SIGPR’s legal authority does not extend to those two...
05/01/21
Today Michael E. Horowitz, Chair of the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee (PRAC), announced the release of the PRAC’s Semiannual Report to Congress. The report covers the period from October 1, 2020 through March 31, 2021. This is the second Semiannual Report to Congress since the PRAC was created in March 2020. The full report can be found here. The report is required by the CARES Act and summarizes our work during the first half of FY21. We wrote this report to update Congress on our efforts to promote public transparency and ensure coordinated oversight of more than $5 trillion in...
04/29/21
The American Rescue Plan (ARP) provides an additional $1.9 trillion in pandemic response and relief funding. Consistent with White House ARP implementation efforts, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee (PRAC) share a common goal of fastidious oversight of ARP funds on behalf of the American taxpayers. To that end, OMB and the PRAC have recently engaged in extensive coordination to strengthen oversight and promote transparency of pandemic spending. As the first public step in this ongoing effort, the Administration issued guidance in...
04/21/21
The enactment of the American Rescue Plan (ARP) adds to the important independent oversight responsibilities of the PRAC and its member Inspectors General. We are committed to promoting transparency and conducting aggressive oversight of the more than $5 trillion in pandemic response funding included in the ARP, the CARES Act, and other pandemic legislation to ensure taxpayer dollars are used effectively and for their intended purposes in response to this public health and economic crisis. We appreciate the ongoing support from Congress and the Administration of the PRAC and its oversight...
03/12/21
Today the PRAC’s Financial Sector Oversight working group released a new video of a stakeholder listening forum entitled, “Pandemic Response: Perspectives on Housing.” The working group is comprised of Inspectors General (IGs) with oversight responsibilities in the areas of banking, lending, and housing. These IGs organized a series of virtual panels with experts from the financial services sector to gather their insights concerning the pandemic response efforts of the federal government and inform areas for further oversight. The third panel in this series included subject matter experts in...
03/03/21