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PRAC Releases Cumulative Coronavirus Relief Fund Data for March 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021

PRAC announced the public release of updated Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) spending by states, eligible local governments, Tribal governments, the District of Columbia, and U.S. Territories. CRF data is available only on the Coronavirus Relief Fund page on this website and includes all funds spent March 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021.
09/16/2021

Pandemic Analytics Center of Excellence (PACE) Drives Analysis of Pandemic Response Funds to Identify Risks and Fight Fraud, Waste, and Abuse

To support its mission and that of its Office of Inspectors General (OIG) members, the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee (PRAC) has established the Pandemic Analytics Center of Excellence (PACE) to provide a leading-edge analytic platform with the capacity and scale to help oversee more than $5 trillion in pandemic-related emergency spending. The PACE delivers analytic, audit, and investigation support to the oversight community as they root out historic levels of fraud, waste, and abuse in pandemic relief programs to ensure funds are used for their intended purpose. With $5 trillion...
08/24/2021

Statement of Michael E. Horowitz Chair, Pandemic Response Accountability Committee Inspector General, U.S. Department of Justice

Statement of Michael E. Horowitz, Chair of the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee, Inspector General, U.S. Department of Justice before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure hearing on “Assessing the Federal Government’s COVID-19 Relief and Response Efforts and its Impact” Mr. Chairman, Ranking Member Graves, and Members of the Committee: Thank you for inviting me to testify today to discuss the work of the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee (PRAC), which was created as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act...
07/29/2021

Joint Announcement from John Pasquantino, Acting OMB Controller and Michael Horowitz, PRAC Chair

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...
07/21/2021

New PRAC Working Group to Combat Identity Fraud in Pandemic Response Programs and Improve Victim Redress

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...
07/15/2021

State and Local Pandemic Oversight Reports Now on PandemicOversight.gov

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...
07/08/2021

Provider Relief Fund Data Now Available on PandemicOversight.gov

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...
06/03/2021

PRAC Releases Cumulative Coronavirus Relief Fund Data for March 1, 2020 - March 31, 2021

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...
05/20/2021

Statement from PRAC Chair Michael E. Horowitz on OLC Opinion on Special Inspector General for Pandemic Recovery Oversight Jurisdiction

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...
05/01/2021

PRAC Releases Semiannual Report to Congress for October 1, 2020 through March 31, 2021

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...
04/29/2021