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Pandemic Response Accountability Committee

Transparency in Pandemic-related Federal Spending: Report of Alignment and Gaps

A commissioned study by MITRE that identifies gaps in federal data sources and how we can close them to improve the quality of the information we provide to the public.
Pandemic Response Accountability Committee

A Review of Pandemic Relief Funding and How It Was Used In Six U.S. Communities: Springfield, Massachusetts

To learn how communities across the nation responded to the pandemic, we initiated a multi-part review of six communities—two cities, two rural counties, and two Tribal reservations. This report is the first community-specific report and focuses on our work in Springfield, Massachusetts, where we previously identified that recipients, including city government, small businesses, and individuals, received almost $1.88 billion from 52 pandemic relief programs and subprograms. This report provides a closer look at nine pandemic programs and subprograms provided to Springfield by eight federal...
Pandemic Response Accountability Committee

Why Unemployment Insurance Fraud Surged During the Pandemic

UI was already a strained system, but the pandemic exacerbated existing challenges and created new ones which lead to massive fraud. We sampled 45 cases and learned about the schemes and methods fraudsters used. Find out what can be done to improve UI for the future. Read our report to find out more.
Pandemic Response Accountability Committee

Pandemic Relief Experiences: A Focus on Six Communities

The PRAC along with 10 of our member Offices of Inspectors General conducted this second phase of our review in order to provide insights on the experiences of the two cities, two rural counties, and two Tribal reservations that, during the first part of our review, received a combined $2.65 billion in pandemic relief funding across 89 pandemic programs and subprograms. We found that the six communities shared similar experiences even though their populations, demographics, locations, and contexts were unique. Specifically, we identified four themes which provide valuable insights to...
Pandemic Response Accountability Committee

Agile Oversight in a Time of Crisis: Lessons Learned and Best Practices in Conducting Oversight during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Recognizing the importance of an agile process, the PRAC, in coordination with CIGIE, hosted an Agile Oversight Forum in January 2023. This report captures the lessons learned and best practices shared by oversight experts from around the country at the Forum. The product is intended to be a starting point for offices and is not a standard for conducting oversight work.
Pandemic Response Accountability Committee

Semiannual Report to Congress: April 1, 2023 - September 30, 2023

Pandemic Response Accountability Committee

Key Insights: Contracts and Grants Workforce Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

During the pandemic, the contracts and grants workforce played a critical role in providing support to taxpayers, local governments, and other recipients through pandemic relief programs. The CARES Act directed the PRAC to review the sufficiency of contract and grant staffing and other resources from agencies across the federal government to determine if they had the resources necessary to adequately perform their duties. The PRAC conducted a survey of 29 agencies, and each provided their experiences on the impact the pandemic had on their agency’s ability to effectively perform their work...
Pandemic Response Accountability Committee

Review of Personnel Shortages in Federal Health Care Programs During the COVID-19 Pandemic

While personnel shortages existed in the health care community before the pandemic, the pandemic exacerbated these shortages. Maintaining an appropriate level of personnel in health care facilities is essential to providing a safe work environment for health care personnel and safe care to patients. The Pandemic Response Accountability Committee’s (PRAC) Health Care Subgroup developed this report to share insights into personnel shortages across four select federal health care programs, or the providers they reimburse. Together, these four programs provide health care services to approximately...
Pandemic Response Accountability Committee

Identity Fraud Victim Redress Processes and Systems

Following up on our previous work which highlights the decentralized nature of identity fraud redress across the federal government, the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee commissioned the MITRE Corporation to conduct an independent study and define the elements needs for a whole-of-government approach to identity fraud victim redress. The report proposes a federal redress process that places the victim at the center and requires agencies to assist in a comprehensive manner. Framed as a single enterprise or “one-stop shop,” this process would provide an equitable experience for all...
Pandemic Response Accountability Committee

Tracking Pandemic Relief Funds that Went to Local Communities Reveals Persistent Data Gaps and Data Reliability Issues

The PRAC along with 10 of our member Offices of Inspectors General began a case study-based review, in part, to learn more about how much pandemic relief funding went to recipients within six randomly selected communities. Using a combination of federal, state, and local data sources, we identified that 10 federal agencies provided approximately $2.65 billion in pandemic relief funds to the six communities through approximately 89 pandemic relief programs and subprograms during the first 18 months of the pandemic (March 2020 through September 2021). We also found that tracking pandemic funds...