Gov't Spending Watchdog: 'Hard to Know Where Pandemic Relief Money Went'

Once again, the government is being called out for their corruption!

Pandemic Response Accountability Committee (PRAC), a government spending watchdog, reports that it is hard to know where billions of the pandemic relief money was spent due to a lack of transparency.

They noted:

“In March 2020 the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act created the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee (PRAC) to promote transparency and conduct and support oversight of pandemic-related funds and the response to the Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19).

The objective of this review was to identify specific gaps in transparency in award data for federal assistance spending in response to COVID-19. We conducted the review in accordance with the Quality Standards for Inspection and Evaluation issued by the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE)”

PRAC reports, “It’s hard to know where pandemic relief money went,” and that “It’s even harder for us to tell you what it was used for. Government award data is full of dead ends.”

They added, “We identified gaps in subrecipient reporting data by cross-referencing other authoritative sources of spending data, such as states’ financial reports and federal and state agency websites. We found that, on average, only 59% of prime recipients are reporting any subrecipient data across the ten grant programs with the largest COVID-19 obligations.”

A report titled “Dead Ends in Pandemic Relief Award Data” also points out that PRAC found a complete lack of transparency around hundreds of billions of dollars of funds:

  • Federal agencies track pandemic response awards to “prime recipients” (like a state), but the prime recipient often distributes most of its money to subrecipients (like a school district) to spend. Prime recipients report their subrecipient award information in a different system that doesn’t distinguish between an award used to respond to the pandemic versus a non-pandemic award. They’re all lumped in the same general category.
  • Some prime recipients didn’t report data on awards to subrecipients. For example, California distributed more than 1,600 awards to subrecipients from the Education Stabilization Fund. These awards are all listed on the state’s website but are missing from USASpending.gov. We can’t tell if that money has even been spent yet, let alone tell the public what it was used for.

Interesting....so billions of dollars are missing as inflation sweeps the country and Democrats continue to push for more taxes.

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