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Economic Impact Payments -- Second Round

The Internal Revenue Service has been sending out the second round of stimulus payments that were part of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Act of 2021. Some Facts about Stimulus Payments What are the economic impact payments? The stimulus payments are refundable tax credits, which means your next tax bill will be reduced by the amount of the stimulus you receive. For example, if you receive $600 and owe $500 in taxes, the federal government will refund $100 to you. Additionally, you will not pay income taxes on the stimulus, nor will it reduce your tax refund or increase the...
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PRAC Releases Additional Coronavirus Relief Fund Data

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...
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PRAC Releases the Federal COVID-19 Testing Report

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...
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Michael E. Horowitz Appointed Chair of CIGIE’s Pandemic Response Accountability Committee

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...
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Don't fall for scammers offering access to a COVID -19 vaccine

The Food and Drug Administration has approved coronavirus vaccines for distribution, and scammers around the world are trying to lure you into falling victim to their fraudulent schemes. Protect yourself and your loved ones from these potential scams. Recognize the red flags: You are asked to pay out of pocket to get a vaccine. You are asked to pay to put your name on a waiting list to get early access to the vaccine. You receive texts, emails, or robocalls asking you for your social security number, banking, or credit card numbers to receive a vaccine or sign up to get a vaccine...
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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...
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Coronavirus Relief Fund Spending

The U.S. Department of the Treasury (Treasury) made $150 billion in Coronavirus Relief Funds (CRF) available to states, eligible local governments, Tribal governments, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Territories. These prime recipients are spending the money on necessary expenses due to the impact of the pandemic. Follow the money from the prime recipients to their sub-recipients and see a map that shows where the money has been spent. NOTE: We display the data as we receive it, and do not change, alter, or add to it. Here are some important facts: The CRF was established in March 2020...
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