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Pandemic Response Accountability Committee

Semiannual Report to Congress: October 1, 2020 - March 31, 2021

The Pandemic Response Accountability Committee's (PRAC) Semiannual Report to Congress covering the period October 1, 2020 through March 31, 2021.
Pandemic Response Accountability Committee

Limited Scope Evaluation of SBA's Fraud Controls

Report Description

The PRAC will evaluate whether fraud controls that SBA applied in phase III of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) (and which are purportedly being applied in the SBA's new Restaurant Revitalization Fund program) would have likely detected known fraud that has been identified in PPP criminal cases.

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Identifying Transparency Gaps in the USAspending and PandemicOversight.gov Award Data

Report Description

The PRAC will review the degree of transparency provided in publicly available award-level data for federal relief and assistance spending in response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. The resulting report will build off the PRAC-commissioned report, "Gaps in CARES Act Data Sources and How to Close Them", and provide Congress, policymakers, and the public with specific examples of gaps in the award-level data for federal relief and assistance spending in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Update: Top Challenges in Pandemic Relief and Response

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal government has appropriated over $3.5 trillion to address the public health and economic crises. Given the changing nature of the pandemic and the federal government’s response, we re-visited our original top management challenges to ensure that the PRAC is providing timely information to Congress and the new Administration about the response efforts. The following four challenges have been added: Preventing and Detecting Fraud against Government Programs; Informing and Protecting the Public from Pandemic-Related Fraud; Data...

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Multi-Dipping of Pandemic Response Funds Provided to Tribal Governments

Report Description

The PRAC and pandemic OIGs identified the possibility of recipients receiving funding from multiple federal programs for the same purpose (multi-dipping) as a high risk area. This project will focus on funds received by tribal governments, and result in an information brief that identifies programs where multi-dipping has occurred in CARES Act programs allowing us to identify and scope the magnitude of the risk. 

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Federal COVID-19 Testing Report: Data Insights from Six Federal Health Care Programs

This report examines COVID-19 testing efforts for six federal health care programs during the first seven months following the declaration of a public health emergency in the United States. Published by the PRAC Health Care Subgroup, the report takes a detailed look at testing data in each of the programs that, when combined, provide benefits or care for about 64 million individuals. We hope this report will help policymakers as they continue to develop and refine their testing efforts related to testing accessibility and availability for at-risk populations, cost effectiveness, and...

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State Spend Rates of Pandemic Response Funds

Report Description

This project seeks to provide transparency of states and localities spending rates of pandemic response funds. The project will also look at the state spend rate data in connection with public health and economic data to provide a more complete picture of the government’s COVID-19 relief efforts. The resulting information brief will inform Congress, policymakers, and the public about how swiftly states and localities have been able to spend Federal funds and may highlight any challenges faced by these recipients expending funds.

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

A commissioned study 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.
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Agile Products Toolkit

This toolkit identifies and defines four primary situations where your office may want to consider using an agile product. Consider these guidelines, best practices and lessons learned while conducting, completing, and issuing reports or other work products.
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Pandemic Response Accountability Committee Semiannual Report to Congress

The Pandemic Response Accountability Committee’s (PRAC) first Semiannual Report to Congress, covering the period from April 1, 2020 through September 30, 2020.