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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
Today the PRAC’s Financial Sector Oversight working group released a new video of a stakeholder listening forum entitled, “Pandemic Response: Perspectives from Borrowers.” 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 second panel in this series included speakers representing...
02/17/21
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 the U.S. Territories. This CRF dataset is only available on PandemicOversight.gov and includes CRF funds spent March 1 through December 31, 2020. About the CRF Data PandemicOversight.gov includes the following data and features related to the CRF: Cumulative data from 659 prime recipients for the period March 1, 2020 –...
02/12/21
Today the PRAC’s Financial Sector Oversight working group released a new video of a stakeholder listening forum entitled, “Pandemic Response: Perspectives from the Banking Industry.” The working group is comprised of Inspectors General (IGs) with oversight responsibilities in the areas of banking, lending, and housing – representing the Offices of Inspectors General at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Federal Reserve Board/Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Departments of Education, Housing and Urban Development, and the Treasury, as well as the Special IG for Pandemic Response...
02/04/21
Today, Allison Lerner, Chair of the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE) and Michael E. Horowitz, Chair of the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee (PRAC) announced the joint release of two timely and wide-ranging assessments of the top management and performance challenges in federal agencies. The CIGIE report, “Top Management and Performance Challenges Facing Multiple Federal Agencies,” serves as a resource for the new Administration and other stakeholders, identifying governmentwide challenges, including: Information Technology Security and Management...
02/03/21
Today, Michael E. Horowitz, Chair of the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee (PRAC) announced the public release of additional data for Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) spending. This CRF dataset now contains information from 35 prime recipients, including 32 states, on their sub-recipients’ spending down to the project level. These prime recipients delaying reporting to use an automated web tool instead of submitting manually due to their volume of sub-recipients. The dataset includes CRF funds spent from March 1 through September 30, 2020, and is only available on PandemicOversight.gov...
01/19/21
Today, the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee (PRAC) released Federal COVID-19 Testing Report: Data Insights from Six Federal Health Care Programs, a multi-agency report compiling COVID-19 testing data from six Offices of Inspector General across the federal government. The PRAC conducted this cross-agency analysis of COVID-19 testing data to inform policymakers, Congress, universities, hospitals, and state health agencies as they determine how to move forward in pandemic relief and response. “Testing for COVID-19 is a critical component of the federal government’s pandemic response...
01/14/21
Today, Allison C. Lerner, Chair of the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE), announced the appointment of Michael E. Horowitz, Inspector General of the Department of Justice, to serve as the Chair of CIGIE’s Pandemic Response Accountability Committee (PRAC). Mr. Horowitz has been serving as Acting Chair of the PRAC since April 2020. Ms. Lerner appointed Mr. Horowitz pursuant to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”). The CARES Act provided over $2 trillion in emergency federal spending to address the economic impacts of the...
01/04/21
As part of our mission to promote public transparency of pandemic response funds, the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee (PRAC) today posted new data for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The data was released by the Small Business Administration and the Department of the Treasury on December 1. The PRAC integrated the updated dataset for display and posting on our website, PandemicOversight.gov, alongside other federal pandemic response spending data. The updated dataset allows users to view and explore: New information on PPP loans under $150,000 For PPP loans below $150,000...
12/15/20
Today, Michael E. Horowitz, Acting Chair of the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee (PRAC) announced the public release of a new dataset of Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) spending. This CRF dataset is only available on pandemicoversight.gov, and for the first time, includes information on how recipients spent funds down to the project and sub-recipient level. The dataset includes CRF funds spent March 1 through September 30, 2020. About the CRF Data Pandemicoversight.gov includes the following data and features related to the CRF: Data from Reporting Cycle 1 (March 1-June 30) and Cycle 2...
11/30/20
The Pandemic Response Accountability Committee (PRAC) is charged with providing a large and diverse group of stakeholders—the public; their elected representatives in Congress; federal, state, and local governments; the private sector and nonprofit entities—with a transparent accounting of pandemic relief and response funds. In August 2020, we engaged MITRE, a not-for-profit federally funded research and development center, to conduct an independent assessment of the extent to which existing federal data is sufficiently comprehensive and accurate to provide transparency into federal pandemic...
11/19/20
Today, the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee (PRAC) announced the release of the PRAC’s new Agile Products Toolkit, a resource to assist federal, state, and local oversight agencies and professionals in conducting timely reviews and oversight of federal funding. It was prepared under the guidance of SBA Inspector General Mike Ware, who chairs the PRAC’s subcommittee on Audit, Inspections, and Evaluations. The CARES Act and other related legislation provided approximately $2.6 trillion in federal spending to address the public health and economic crises resulting from the COVID-19...
11/13/20
Today, Michael E. Horowitz, Acting Chair of the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee (PRAC), announced the release of the PRAC’s Strategic Plan for 2020 through 2025. The strategic plan defines the mission, vision, and values for the PRAC. Mission Vision Values To serve the American public by promoting transparency and the coordinated oversight of the Federal Government’s coronavirus response to prevent and detect fraud, waste, abuse, and mismanagement and to identify and mitigate major risks that cross program and agency boundaries Sound stewardship of taxpayer funds and an effective...
07/23/20
The Pandemic Response Accountability Committee (PRAC) today released a 10-minute video highlighting the accomplishments of the PRAC in its first 90 days. The video highlights accomplishments of the PRAC and member OIGs, including: Launching Pandemic.Oversight.Gov with features such as the Contract Spending for Pandemic Relief dataset and map; Issuing a report highlighting the Top Challenges Facing Federal Agencies; Releasing 21 public oversight reports; Conducting investigations which have resulted in 36 arrests or indictments and 4 fraud civil actions; and Initiating 74 ongoing oversight...
07/09/20
Today, Michael E. Horowitz, Acting Chair of the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee (PRAC), announced the release of a tool to track the federal government’s contract spending for pandemic relief. The dataset is part of the PRAC’s “Track the Money” transparency tool on the Committee’s website to provide public insights into how $2.4 trillion in federal emergency relief and response funds are being spent. Users can download the entire dataset to conduct their own analysis by examining contracts by category – for example medical services and equipment, janitorial services for government...
06/23/20
Today, Michael E. Horowitz, Acting Chair of the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee (PRAC), announced the release of the PRAC’s first report, entitled “Top Challenges Facing Federal Agencies: COVID-19 Emergency Relief and Response Efforts.” The report identified common areas of concern among agencies of different sizes and with different missions: Financial management of CARES Act and other funds, Grant and guaranteed loan management, Information technology security and management, and Protecting health and safety. These four top challenges are discussed in depth in the Introduction...
06/17/20
Today, Michael E. Horowitz, Acting Chair of the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee (PRAC), announced that the PRAC will hold a virtual public listening forum entitled, “Stakeholder Perspectives on Oversight of the Federal COVID-19 Spending and Response,” on June 3, 2020 at 2 pm Eastern Time. The PRAC is composed of 20 Inspectors General from across the federal government leading efforts to promote transparency and support and conduct oversight of more than $2.4 trillion in payments to individual citizens, loans for businesses, support for hospitals and other medical providers, and...
05/26/20
Today, Michael E. Horowitz, Chair of the Council of Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE) and Acting Chair of CIGIE’s Pandemic Response Accountability Committee (PRAC) appointed Linda S. Miller to serve as the Deputy Executive Director of the PRAC. Ms. Miller has over 15 years of experience in fraud risk management and most recently served as a principal at Grant Thornton LLP, where she led the firm’s Fraud Risk Management practice. Previously, Ms. Miller served for 10 years at the Government Accountability Office (GAO), where she led teams of analysts in evaluating fraud...
05/19/20
Today, Michael E. Horowitz, Chair of the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE) appointed Robert A. Westbrooks to serve as the Executive Director of the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee (PRAC). Also today, the PRAC launched its website, pandemic.oversight.gov, and its Twitter account, @COVID_Oversight. Created by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), the PRAC is charged with coordinating oversight efforts of federal Inspectors General to promote transparency of the $2.4 trillion in federal emergency relief for individual...
04/27/20
Michael E. Horowitz, Chair of the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE), and Glenn A. Fine, Chair of CIGIE’s Pandemic Response Accountability Committee (PRAC), announced today additional Inspectors General (IG) to serve as members of the PRAC. Full Details
04/01/20
Today, Michael E. Horowitz, Chair of the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE), announced the appointment of Glenn A. Fine, Principal Deputy Inspector General Performing the Duties of the Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD), to serve as the Chair of CIGIE’s Pandemic Response Accountability Committee (PRAC). Full Details
03/30/20