We're pleased to present the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee's (PRAC) Semiannual Report to Congress, which summarizes our accomplishments between April 1, 2021, and September 30, 2021. The PRAC and its 22 Inspectors General are committed to our extraordinary responsibility. We’re overseeing $5 trillion that’s funded more than 375 programs to help respond to the pandemic.
We continue to look for fraud, waste, and abuse, but also work to ensure the relief – like unemployment benefits or disaster relief loans − reaches those individuals and businesses it was intended to help.
Highlights from the report
"Just one pandemic relief program—the $800 billion Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)—is equal to the federal government’s entire response to the 2008-2009 financial crisis."
Michael E. Horowitz, PRAC Chair
We made it easier to track $5 trillion
We recently redesigned our website and built new interactive tools so that information is accessible and easy to understand. We created a new feature that breaks down data in short and simple stories. We’ve shared stories that define unfamiliar terms—like “prime recipient”—to the public and show how much states spent in emergency rental assistance or how many businesses had PPP loans forgiven. It’s part of our commitment to educating the public so they can follow how their tax dollars are spent. We issued a lessons learned report that summarized the work done across the pandemic oversight community so that policymakers are made aware of opportunities to improve the response to the pandemic.
We also began co-sponsoring a virtual event series with the National Academy for Public Administration. It features experts from academia, think tanks, and non-profits that discuss the impact of pandemic relief, like rental assistance, in underserved communities.