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PRAC Posts Additional Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Data

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...
12/15/2020

PRAC Releases Coronavirus Relief Fund Data

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...
11/30/2020

PRAC Releases Commissioned Study on Data Gaps that Impact Transparency in Federal Pandemic-Relief Spending

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...
11/19/2020

Pandemic Response Accountability Committee announces release of Agile Products Toolkit

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...
11/13/2020

PRAC Releases Strategic Plan

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...
07/23/2020

PRAC in its first 90 days

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...
07/09/2020

PRAC Releases Tool to Track Nationwide Contract Spending on Pandemic Relief

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...
06/23/2020

PRAC releases report on top challenges facing federal agencies related to covid-19 emergency relief and response efforts

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...
06/17/2020

Pandemic Response Accountability Committee announces public forum on June 3

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...
05/26/2020

Pandemic response accountability committee names deputy executive director

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...
05/19/2020