Pandemic Response Accountability Committee

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Lead pandemic watchdog urges lawmakers to extend COVID anti-fraud tool to all federal spending

The chairman of the PRAC argues a big-data system set up to investigate pandemic fraud could help prevent improper payments across all federal spending.

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‘Eye-watering kind of fraud’: Improper payments account for third of pandemic unemployment program’s funds

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SSA built a system to help combat identity fraud. Backers say it’s ‘at risk of collapse’

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Federal watchdogs still uncovering full scope of fraud in $5T COVID-19 spending

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Pandemic relief oversight sheds new light on persistent gaps in federal spending data

Oversight offices are raising issues with the timeliness and accuracy of the data reported to USAspending.gov.

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With an increase in federal payouts comes an increase in improper payments

Agencies made speed a priority when issuing the first rounds of COVID-19 recovering spending in 2020 — a decision that came with a few tradeoffs.

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Hazards of self-certification and other lessons learned from federal government’s pandemic response

As federal pandemic response lumbers along, the lessons learned are piling up.

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