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The Pandemic Response Accountability Committee (PRAC) oversees pandemic relief spending, including $900 billion in the December 27, 2020 Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act. See details in the graphic below on how these funds are being distributed. You can also view a PDF version of the infographic here.
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 of the coronavirus response funds provided in the CARES Act and three related pieces of legislation, and the $900 billion in spending under the pandemic relief legislation, 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 21 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 Acting PRAC Chair, Michael E. Horowitz, IG at the Department of Justice.