The Pandemic Response Accountability Committee (PRAC) was established as a committee of the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE) by the CARES Act. The mission of the PRAC is to:
- promote transparency and support independent oversight of the funds provided by the CARES Act and other related pandemic relief legislation, now totaling more than $5 trillion, and
- provide oversight of those funds and the coronavirus response.
The PRAC has created a Strategic Plan for the next five years, which includes our Mission, our Vision, and our Values. The Strategic Plan details how PRAC will 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. In addition, the PRAC will identify and mitigate major risks that cross program and agency boundaries.
The CARES Act identified Inspectors General (IGs) from nine agencies as members of the PRAC. The Act also provided that the CIGIE Chair may name additional IGs from any agency that received coronavirus funding or is otherwise involved in the government’s response to the pandemic to serve on the PRAC. The IGs serving on the Committee will continue to perform their regular duties. At present, the PRAC is composed of 22 Inspectors General.
"The PRAC, working closely with all Federal Inspectors General, seeks to ensure that funds intended to support individuals, workers, healthcare professionals, businesses, and others affected by the pandemic are used efficiently, effectively, and in accordance with the law," said PRAC Chair, Michael E. Horowitz, IG at the Department of Justice.