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PRAC Names Elaine Howle as Special Advisor; Launches State Auditor-in-Residence Program with Tennessee Comptroller

Michael E. Horowitz, Chair of the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee (PRAC), announced two first-of-their-kind initiatives that bring together federal, state, and local auditors to advance coordinated oversight of pandemic spending.

Third in the series -- State and local governments tap into the SLFRF to fund job programs.

Many people found themselves underemployed or unemployed during the pandemic. For example, in April, 2020, unemployment was 14.7%, impacting 23 million people. To address these issues, many state and local governments used funding from the State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund (SLFRF) to create or expand programs that provided job training and connected people to potential job opportunities.

Second in the series -- State and local governments support programs for people facing homelessness.

Many state and local governments have used money from the State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund (SLFRF) to expand the number of beds in shelters and support services, and create new programs to address the growing problem of homelessness. Read on to see how two states, two counties, and two cities are using these funds to address the challenges people experiencing homelessness face.

First in the series -- State and local government pilot programs.

State and local governments are using money from the State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund (SLFRF) to experiment with new pilot programs that tackle issues arising from the pandemic. Here are examples of pilot programs from Connecticut and Iowa, Milwaukee and Orange counties, and San José and Washington, D.C. as described in the recipients’ SLFRF Recovery Plans submitted to the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

A new data series -- How local governments are spending federal money.

We’ve added even more data to our website and it comes with stories about how the money is being spent. Our new data series will highlight the stories of how more than 30,000 recipients -- state, local, territorial and Tribal governments – are spending money received from the $350 billion State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund (SLFRF).

The PRAC Releases New Interactive Dashboards

Robert A. Westbrooks, Executive Director of the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee (PRAC), announced updated interactive data dashboards, published today on PandemicOversight.gov.

How local governments are spending state and local fiscal recovery funds.

The Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) provides funding to state, local and Tribal governments to address the impacts of COVID-19. We explore some common themes.

Making sense of prime and sub-recipient data.

Prime recipients receive money directly from the federal government. They may then pay some of the money they received to other entities for goods or services. These entities are sub-recipients.

PRAC Posts State and Local Pandemic Spending Data, Shedding More Light on How CARES Act and American Rescue Plan Act Money Was Spent

Michael E. Horowitz, Chair of the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee (PRAC) announced the public release of updated Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) spending by states, eligible local governments, Tribal governments, the District of Columbia, and U.S. Territories.

$2.3 billion to address mental health issues intensified by the pandemic.

Stress and isolation occurring during the pandemic intensified concerns about the public’s mental health. A report from the Government Accountability Office in December 2021 noted higher rates of anxiety and depression in adults. The report also noted that children, adolescents, health care workers, and certain racial or ethnic populations may be at a higher risk of behavioral health issues.