Oversight Tracker – Covid-19 Oversight Hub

As the pandemic rages on, the vital work of understanding exactly what went wrong — and how the federal government’s response has been so badly mismanaged — has already begun. From Congress to government watchdogs, keep track of who’s conducting oversight of the key issues in the Covid-19 response.

The Oversight Tracker monitors the ongoing investigations into the Covid-19 pandemic response. Primary source documents, reports, transcripts, and more can be found in the Public Documents and Reports Database, and you can view all of the priority issues that American Oversight is investigating in the Covid-19 Oversight Hub.

This database allows you to filter by Type (letters to the administration; announcements) and Investigating Entity (Congress; inspectors general; watchdog organizations).

You can also filter and sort by Topic:

• Business and Industry (meat-packing plants; workplace safety; restaurant reopenings; etc.)
• Communications Management (misinformation; messaging control; etc.)
• Elections and Campaigns
• Federal Management
• Immigration and Border Issues
• Influence and Access in Pandemic Response (private businesses, outside entities with sway over decisions)
• Medical Supplies and PPE
• Political Opportunism (using pandemic to push immigration restrictions; etc.)
• Relief Funds and Loans
• State and Federal Coordination
• State Issues (actions of individual states and cities)
• Testing
• Trump Family Business
• Vulnerable Populations (prisons; detention centers; nursing homes; etc.)
• Vaccines and Treatments

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Date Title Topic(s)
09/17/2020
Working with Congress to Provide Emergency Rental Assistance and Protections
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Business and Industry, Federal Management, Vulnerable Populations

Senators wrote a letter to President Trump asking that he work with Congress to enact legislation providing emergency assistance and rental protection during the pandemic. The administration’s order from CDC instituting a federal rental eviction moratorium through Dec. 31, 2020, for nonpayment of rent does not include any new funding to help people pay rent, nor does it prohibit landlords from charging late penalties and fees.

09/17/2020
Using FCC E-Rate Program to Fund Students’ Home Access to Internet and Online Learning
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Education, State and Federal Coordination, Vulnerable Populations

Thirty-eight senators wrote a letter to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai asking him to use the E-Rate Program to fund students’ home access to the internet and online learning. The senators argue that closing the connectivity gap will also help close the “homework gap” experienced by disadvantaged students that is exacerbated by Covid-19.

09/17/2020
Request for Major Disaster Declaration for Washington State Following Wildfires During Pandemic
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
State and Federal Coordination, State Issues, Vulnerable Populations

Washington state’s congressional delegation wrote a letter to President Trump asking him to support Gov. Jay Inslee’s request for a declaration of a major disaster for the state. The delegation also requested that Trump authorize the Individual Assistance Program and Public Assistance Program Category B measures, including congregate/non-congregate sheltering for Whitman County. The delegation noted that the state’s wildfire-fighting resources are stretched thin, and affected communities were particularly vulnerable because of Covid-19.

09/17/2020
Request to BRT to Honor Corporate Governance and Business Roundtable Commitments in 2019 Statement
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Business and Industry, Relief Funds and Loans, Vulnerable Populations

Sen. Elizabeth Warren wrote a letter to Jamie Dimon and Doug McMillon, former and current board chairs of the Business Roundtable (BRT), criticizing them and other BRT member CEOs for failing to honor commitments from BRT’s 2019 Statement on the Purpose of a Corporation. Warren inquired about the changes to corporate governance they were making to implement their commitments, and wrote about how Covid-19 exacerbated and worsened existing racial and economic disparities. She criticized corporate greed (cutting benefits for essential workers, which disproportionately impacted workers of color, while increasing executive compensation) and hypocrisy (statements of solidarity with Black lives, while failing to hire, fairly compensate, and promote Black men and women) during the pandemic. Warren also noted that BRT lobbied against congressional efforts to extend unemployment benefits, Covid-19 liability protections, and other measures to benefit essential workers.

09/17/2020
Protection and Preparedness Measures for Reopening Bureau of Indian Education-Operated Schools
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Education, Federal Management, State and Federal Coordination, State Issues, Vulnerable Populations

Reps. Raúl Grijalva (Chairman, House Natural Resources Committee) and Ruben Gallego (Chairman, Subcommittee on Indigenous Peoples of the United States) wrote a letter to Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Tara Sweeney and Bureau of Indian Education Director Tony Dearman seeking information related to the BIE’s reopening of schools for in-person classes on Sept. 16, 2020. The letter came after an invitation for relevant federal officials to testify at a subcommittee hearing on the issue was declined.

09/17/2020
Misuse of Race Within Clinical Care, Racial Disparities in Covid-19 Infections and Health Outcomes
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Vulnerable Populations

The House Ways and Means Committee issued a Request for Information (RFI) soliciting input on the misuse of race within clinical care. The RFI follows a series of letters Rep. Richard Neal wrote to health and medical professional societies requesting details on certain clinical algorithms created by some professional societies.

09/16/2020
Review of Coronavirus Response Efforts
Type: Hearing
Investigating Entities: Congress
Federal Management

The Senate Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies held a hearing titled “Review of Coronavirus Response Efforts.” Witnesses include Robert Redfield, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Bob Kadlec, the assistant secretary for preparedness and response at the Department of Health and Human Services; and Adm. Brett Giroir, the HHS assistant secretary for health.

09/16/2020
Request to VP Pence and Coronavirus Response Coordinator Birx to Release All Task Force Reports
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Federal Management, State and Federal Coordination, State Issues

Rep. James Clyburn (Chairman, Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis) wrote a letter to Vice President Pence and Coronavirus Response Coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx raising concerns that the White House Coronavirus Task Force had weakened or retracted previous science-based recommendations in numerous states still in the “red zone,” including states that failed to comply with previous task force recommendations. The letter also requested the release of all task force reports, memoranda, presentations, and assessments by Sept. 23, 2020.

09/16/2020
Amazon’s Anti-Worker Policies and Health and Safety Record
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Business and Industry, Vulnerable Populations

Sens. Sherrod Brown and Ron Wyden wrote a letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos asking him to end his company’s various anti-worker practices and address Amazon’s poor record with regard to worker health and safety during the Covid-19 pandemic.

09/16/2020
Mental Health Needs of Students During Pandemic
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Education

Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bill Cassidy wrote a letter to HHS Secretary Azar and Education Secretary DeVos asking their agencies to issue guidance to K-12 schools and colleges/universities regarding supports, services, and accommodations to address the increased needs of students facing new or ongoing mental health needs that have arisen or been exacerbated by the pandemic. The senators also requested guidance take into consideration the unique challenges for minority students, students with disabilities, students experiencing homelessness, and tribal nations to account for the disproportionate effect the pandemic has had on these communities.

09/15/2020
Details on Editorial Process Following Reports of Politicization of CDC MMWRs
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Communications Management, Federal Management

Rep. Richard Neal (Chairman, House Ways and Means Committee) wrote a letter to HHS Secretary Alex Azar calling on his agency to release details on their editorial process following reports that HHS political appointees improperly interfered with the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports (MMWRs) regarding Covid-19.

09/15/2020
GAO Oversight of COVID-19 Vaccine and Therapeutic Development
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Vaccines and Treatments

Reps. James Clyburn (Chairman, Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis) and Bill Foster (select subcommittee member) sent letters to HHS Secretary Azar and Defense Secretary Esper asking them to provide access and information to the Government Accountability Office in connection with GAO’s review of Operation Warp Speed, as required by law. The letter to Azar is here (https://coronavirus.house.gov/sites/democrats.coronavirus.house.gov/files/2020-09-15.Clyburn%20to%20Azar%20re%20OWS%20GAO%20Access%20Letter%20HHS_%20%28002%29.pdf) and the letter to Esper is here (https://coronavirus.house.gov/sites/democrats.coronavirus.house.gov/files/2020-09-15.Clyburn%20to%20Esper%20re%20OWS%20GAO%20Access%20Letter%20DOD_%20%28002%29.pdf).

09/15/2020
Request to PhRMA for 340B Providers to Allow Low-Income Patients Access to Discounted 340B Drugs and Care
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Business and Industry, Vulnerable Populations

Twenty-two senators wrote a letter to Stephen Ubl, President and CEO of Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), expressing concern over recent efforts by member pharmaceutical manufacturers that threaten access to life-saving, discounted drugs for low-income patients through the 340B Drug Pricing Plan. The senators noted the need for 340B covered entities to be able to continue to serve low-income patients. However, some member drug manufacturers have undermined that work by denying 340B pricing to covered entities for drugs dispensed through contract pharmacies. The senators requested a response from PhRMA regarding steps being taken by the industry to end denials of 340B pricing for drugs dispensed through contract pharmacies, along with contract pharmacy claims data.

09/15/2020
USPS Changes Causing Delivery Delays of Medications
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Political Opportunism, Vulnerable Populations

Thirty-five senators wrote a letter to Postmaster General Louis DeJoy asking USPS to reverse operational and organizational changes that have caused medication deliveries to be delayed, which disproportionately harm individuals most at-risk during the pandemic, including seniors, people with chronic health conditions, and people with disabilities.

09/15/2020
Additional Measures to Support Federal Student Loan Borrowers During Pandemic
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Business and Industry, Education, Relief Funds and Loans

Twenty senators wrote a letter to the CEOs of 28 Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) lender and guaranty agencies requesting that they take additional measures to support federal student loan borrowers during the pandemic. While the CARES Act and other administrative actions automatically provide forbearance, waive all interest, and halt collections on federally held loans, approximately 8 million borrowers with loans not directly held by the Department of Education were left out of that relief.

09/15/2020
Request to Nine Pharmaceutical Companies for Information on R&D Efforts and Ensuring Safe Vaccine
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Vaccines and Treatments

Reps. Frank Pallone Jr. (Chairman, Energy and Commerce Committee), Anna Eshoo (Chairwoman, Health Subcommittee), and Diana DeGette (Chairwoman, Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee) wrote a letter to nine pharmaceutical companies — AstraZeneca, BioNTech, GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson & Johnson, Merck, Moderna, Novavax, Pfizer, and Sanofi — currently developing Covid-19 vaccines. The House Energy and Commerce Committee sought further information about these companies’ research and development efforts, and information on how they intend to ensure that only a safe and effective vaccine will be made available to the public.

The letters to the CEOs of AstraZeneca, BioNTech, GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson & Johnson, Merck, Moderna, Novavax, Pfizer, and Sanofi can be found here: https://energycommerce.house.gov/sites/democrats.energycommerce.house.gov/files/documents/AstraZeneca.2020.9.15.pdf; https://energycommerce.house.gov/sites/democrats.energycommerce.house.gov/files/documents/BioNTech.2020.9.15.pdf; https://energycommerce.house.gov/sites/democrats.energycommerce.house.gov/files/documents/GlaxoSmithKline.2020.9.15.pdf; https://energycommerce.house.gov/sites/democrats.energycommerce.house.gov/files/documents/JohnsonJohnson.2020.9.15.pdf; https://energycommerce.house.gov/sites/democrats.energycommerce.house.gov/files/documents/Merck.2020.9.15.pdf; https://energycommerce.house.gov/sites/democrats.energycommerce.house.gov/files/documents/Moderna.2020.9.15.pdf; https://energycommerce.house.gov/sites/democrats.energycommerce.house.gov/files/documents/Novavax.2020.9.15.pdf; https://energycommerce.house.gov/sites/democrats.energycommerce.house.gov/files/documents/Pfizer.2020.9.15.pdf; https://energycommerce.house.gov/sites/democrats.energycommerce.house.gov/files/documents/Sanofi.2020.9.15_0.pdf

09/14/2020
Interviews and Documents Regarding Efforts by HHS Political Appointees to Block Publication of CDC Covid-19 Reports
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Communications Management

The House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis wrote to HHS Secretary Azar and CDC Director Redfield to request transcribed interviews and documents regarding efforts by political appointees at HHS to block the publication of CDC scientific reports by the CDC. The representatives requested the following individuals appear for transcribed interviews by videoconference on the following dates: Anne Schuchat, CDC principal deputy director, Sept. 22, 2020; Charlotte Kent, CDC MMWR editor-in-chief, Sept. 22; Nina Witkofsky, CDC acting chief of staff, Sept. 23; Trey Moeller, CDC acting deputy chief of staff, Sept. 23; Kate Galatas, CDC acting associate director for communication, Sept. 24; Paul Alexander, HHS senior adviser, Sept. 24; Michael Caputo, HHS assistant secretary for public affairs, Sept. 25. The letter asked that Redfield and Azar confirm by Sept. 16 that these individuals will appear voluntarily.

09/14/2020
Trump Administration’s Restrictions on Fetal Tissue Usage in Research on Covid-19 Treatment, Other Therapies
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Influence and Access in Pandemic Response, Political Opportunism, Vaccines and Treatments

Reps. Carolyn Maloney (Chairwoman, House Committee on Oversight and Reform) and Frank Pallone, Jr. (Chairman, House Committee on Energy and Commerce), and Sen. Patty Murray (Ranking Member, Senate HELP Committee), wrote to HHS Secretary Azar urging him to halt the administration’s efforts to block federally funded research using fetal tissue and to reject ideologically driven recommendations made by the Human Fetal Tissue Ethics Advisory Board. On April 16, 2020, Maloney, Pallone and Murray asked Azar to immediately reverse restrictions on the use of fetal tissue in any federally funded coronavirus-related research and requested a briefing on the impact of these restrictions on the development of Covid-19 vaccines and therapeutics (HHS declined to provide this briefing).

09/09/2020
Ensuring a Free, Fair, and Safe Election During the Coronavirus Pandemic
Type: Hearing
Investigating Entities: Congress
Elections and Campaigns

The House Committee on Oversight held a hearing titled “Ensuring a Free, Fair, and Safe Election During the Coronavirus Pandemic.” Witnesses include Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft; Kristen Clark, the president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law; Krutika Kuppali, the vice chair of the Global Health Committee; Mimi Marziani, the president of the Texas Civil Rights Project; and actress and activist Kerry Washington.

09/09/2020
Vaccines: Saving Lives, Ensuring Confidence, and Protecting Public Health
Type: Hearing
Investigating Entities: Congress
Vaccines and Treatments

The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions held a hearing titled “Vaccines: Saving Lives, Ensuring Confidence and Protecting Public Health.” Witnesses included NIH Director Francis Collins and Surgeon General Jerome Adams.

08/26/2020
Department of Defense’s Response to Senators’ April 27 Questions
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Federal Management

Multiple senators wrote to Defense Secretary Mark Esper regarding his failure to “meaningfully respond” to questions raised in a letter sent on April 27, 2020. Esper’s response, dated May 12, is here: https://www.warren.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/DoD%20Response%20Ltr_12%20May%2020.pdf

08/26/2020
Political Interference in Government’s Covid-19 Response
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Political Opportunism

Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Richard Blumenthal and Ed Markey urged CARES Act inspectors general to investigate political interference in the Trump administration’s Covid-19 response.

08/25/2020
Evasion of Federal Ethics Rules by Top ‘Operation Warp Speed’ Adviser
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Influence and Access in Pandemic Response, Vaccines and Treatments

Sens. Warren and Blumenthal and Rep. Jayapal obtained and released to HHS troubling new information on evasion of federal conflict-of-interest rules by Dr. Moncef Slaoui, top adviser to the Trump administration’s “Operation Warp Speed.” Slaoui had used a loophole, by working under $1 contract for “Advanced Decisions Vectors,” to avoid federal ethics rules.

08/25/2020
Politicization of Emergency Use Authorization for Convalescent Plasma
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Political Opportunism

Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey requestd communications between the FDA and the White House on potentially politicized convalescent plasma emergency use authorization.

08/24/2020
Reported Mismanagement in USDA Pandemic Food Assistance Program
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Federal Management, Influence and Access in Pandemic Response

The House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis wrote to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue seeking documents pertaining to the Farmers to Families Food Box Program, a USDA program intended to provide food assistance to Americans in need during the pandemic. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act authorized USDA to use funds appropriated by Congress to buy food directly from producers and distribute it to those in need. However, USDA reportedly awarded contracts to companies that were “unqualified” or unable to perform the duties necessary.

08/14/2020
National Guard and FEMA Cost-Sharing
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Federal Management, State and Federal Coordination

House members requested information from the Trump administration regarding National Guard and FEMA cost-share requirements for the national pandemic response. The administration required 47 states and territories to cover 25 percent of their National Guard costs, while carving out an exception to cover 100 percent of the costs for Texas, Arizona, California, and Connecticut.

08/14/2020
Voter Safety During Pandemic
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Elections and Campaigns

The Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis and the Committee on House Administration sent letters to election officials in Florida, Georgia, Texas, and Wisconsin requesting information on the states’ plans to eliminate barriers faced by voters during this year’s primaries and to ensure free, fair, and safe federal elections. The letters seek details on how the states will follow guidance from the CDC, recommending “[l]ower risk election polling settings.”

08/13/2020
Conflicts of Interest and Vaccine Selection In Operation Warp Speed
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Influence and Access in Pandemic Response, Vaccines and Treatments

The House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus requested information on the Kushner-led Operation Warp Speed’s plans to develop and disseminate a vaccine, and possible conflicts of interest regarding Dr. Moncef Slaoui, the project’s chief adviser and a former pharmaceutical company executive.

08/13/2020
Impact of Tariffs on Covid-Related Goods
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Influence and Access in Pandemic Response, Medical Supplies and PPE

Sen. Chuck Grassley and Rep. Richard Neal asked the U.S. International Trade Commission for an overview of key U.S. industry sectors producing Covid-related goods; detailed case studies on key products within each relevant industry sector, such as N95 respirators, ventilators, vaccines, and Covid-19 test kits; and on supply-chain challenges and constraints.

08/13/2020
PPE and National Parks During Covid
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Medical Supplies and PPE

The Committee on Natural Resources asked how the Interior Department planned to comply with CDC guidelines and to explain whether the National Park Service planned to purchase and distribute personal protective equipment to employees, among other issues.

08/09/2020
Information About Canadian Travel Restrictions
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Immigration and Border Issues

Sens. Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow wrote to acting DHS Director Chad Wolf requesting more information about the travel restrictions on the Canadian border, including details about the process for developing these standards and whether students will be allowed to cross the border.

08/04/2020
Kodak Loan and Windfall for Executives
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Influence and Access in Pandemic Response, Vaccines and Treatments

The House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis is investigating a loan of $765 million to Kodak for development of a vaccine under the Defense Production Act. This letter is to Kodak’s executive chairman, James V. Continenza.

08/04/2020
The Administration’s Kodak Loan and Windfall for Executives
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Influence and Access in Pandemic Response, Vaccines and Treatments

The House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis is investigating a loan of $765 million to Kodak for development of a vaccine under the Defense Production Act. This letter is to Kodak’s executive chairman, James V. Continenza.

08/03/2020
The Administration’s Loan to Kodak and Potential Insider Trading
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Influence and Access in Pandemic Response, Vaccines and Treatments

Sen. Warren wrote the Securities and Exchange Commission requesting that they investigate potential incidents of insider trading prior to the July 28, 2020, public announcement of the Trump administration’s $765 million loan to Kodak to support the production of generic drug ingredients in response to the coronavirus pandemic, and reports of potential insider trading related to the loan.

07/31/2020
Racial Inequities in Coronavirus Relief
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Relief Funds and Loans

The House Committee on Ways and Means sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin expressing concern about racial inequalities in aid administered under the CARES Act and the Internal Revenue Code.

07/30/2020
Delays and Processing Errors for Small Businesses in Covid Relief
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Relief Funds and Loans

The House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis and the Small Business Committee wrote to the SBA regarding the $500 million contract issued by SBA to process Emergency Injury Disaster Loan applications during the crisis, following reports that millions of small businesses seeking emergency loans have faced long delays, poor service, and processing errors.

07/29/2020
PPP Funds Given to the Airline Industry That Then Fired Workers
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Relief Funds and Loans

The House Financial Services Committee, Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis, and Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure asked Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to explain PPP funds that were given to the airlines to support jobs that no longer exist and what Treasury intends to do to recoup the funds.

07/29/2020
White House Compliance with Recommendations to Contain Coronairus
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Federal Management

The House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis asked Vice President Pence and Dr. Deborah L. Birx to take stronger public health measures than the Trump administration had called for in public — including requiring face masks, closing bars, and strictly limiting gatherings.

07/28/2020
Investigation of Covid-19 Data Collection Contract
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Federal Management

The House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis sent a letter to Teletracking Technologies Inc. regarding its contract to trace coronavirus cases, and the Trump administration’s decision to direct hospitals to stop reporting coronavirus data directly to the CDC.

07/28/2020
GAO Review of Gilead’s Taxpayer-Funded COVID-19 Treatment
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Vaccines and Treatments

Sen. Debbie Stabenow and Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney asked the GAO to investigate the discovery and development of remdesivir, the first drug authorized to treat Covid-19. Gilead, the company that owns the drug, collected more than $22.4 billion in total revenue and generated more than $5.3 billion in profit last year.

07/28/2020
Use of Malarial Drugs Including Hydroxychloroquine at Veterans Homes
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Vaccines and Treatments, Vulnerable Populations

Rep. Chrissy Houlahan sent a letter to the Veterans Health Administration, demanding more information about the use of anti-malarial drugs including hydroxychloroquine at veterans homes and whether the VA was actively involved in the unproven treatment. She cited the beleaguered Southeastern Veterans’ Center near Philadelphia, which treated about 30 veterans and their spouses with hydroxychloroquine in April.

07/27/2020
Requesting GAO Review Of Administration’s Coronavirus Vaccine Development Efforts
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Vaccines and Treatments

The House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis asked the GAO to conduct periodic and ongoing reviews of Operation Warp Speed, the coronavirus treatment and vaccine development project at HHS.

07/27/2020
House Urges Action by Fannie Mae to Keep People in Their Homes
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Vulnerable Populations

The House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis asks Fannie Mae to extend protections against evictions for those experience hardship due to the COVID-19 crisis.

07/27/2020
HHS’s Change to the Covid-19 Reporting Process
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Federal Management

Rep. Richard E. Neal raised concerns to HHS regarding the agency’s decision to change the reporting process of key Covid-19 data. Hospitals previously reported information vitally important to fighting the pandemic to the CDC, but the Trump administration’s change required hospitals to now report to a database administered by a private contractor.

07/27/2020
EPA Reopening Strategies in Covid-19 Crisis
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Federal Management

Sen. Richard Durbin asked the EPA about its plans to safely re-open to protect its employees while fulfilling its important mission.

07/27/2020
House Urges Action by Freddie Mac to Keep People in Their Homes
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Vulnerable Populations

The House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis asked Freddie Mac to extend protections against evictions for those experience hardship due to the COVID-19 crisis.

07/23/2020
SBA’s Attempts to Bar Planned Parenthood from PPP
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Relief Funds and Loans, Vulnerable Populations

House committees demanded documents regarding SBA’s attempts to target local Planned Parenthood organizations that participated in the Paycheck Protection Program.

07/22/2020
Request to the FDA to Investigate Fraudulent Antibody Tests
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Testing

The House Committee on Energy and Commerce wrote to FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn requesting information about the steps the FDA has taken to regulate the antibody test marketplace and investigate fraudulent antibody test scams.

07/22/2020
HHS’s Plan to Aid Pregnant People During Covid-19
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Vulnerable Populations

Senators called upon HHS to monitor and address the needs of pregnant people during the coronavirus public health emergency, and to express concern over reports that the political needs of the president were interfering with the publication of the best and most up-to-date scientific and public health information.

07/21/2020
Enforcing the Families First Coronavirus Response Act
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Business and Industry

The House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis wrote to Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia requesting communications, complaints, and paid leave enforcement actions related to the paid leave provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) in order to judge whether the Department is properly implementing this law.

07/21/2020
Dept. of Labor Rules That Could Eliminate Paid Leave for Millions of Workers
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Vulnerable Populations

The House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis seeks answers from the Department of Labor on enforcement of the paid leave provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

07/20/2020
CDC Plans to Stop the Spread of Coronavirus
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
State and Federal Coordination

Sen. Elizabeth Warren wrote to CDC Director Robert Redfield requesting information about what actions the CDC will take to stop the spread of coronavirus and what enforcement mechanisms the CDC will use, such as mandating mask-wearing.

07/17/2020
Hospital Reporting Requirements
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Federal Management

Multiple senators sent a letter to Vice President Pence and Dr. Deborah Birx urging the administration to withdraw proposed changes to the Covid-19 hospital reporting requirements.

07/17/2020
Covid-19 Data Reporting and Publication
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Federal Management

The House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis sent a letter to HHS Secretary Alex Azar and CDC Director Robert Redfield requesting the CDC resume collecting Covid-19 data and requesting information on the decision to transfer that responsibility to a private company.

07/17/2020
White House Directive to Hospitals to Stop Reporting Data to CDC
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Federal Management

The House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis asked the CDC and HHS about the Trump administration’s decision to direct hospitals to stop reporting coronavirus data directly to the CDC.

07/15/2020
Education Dept.’s Delayed Distribution of Emergency Aid to Puerto Rico
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Federal Management

Reps. Robert Scott and Raúl Grijalva wrote to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos requesting information on the Department’s decision to delay distributing 98.4% of the CARES Act aid intended for Puerto Rico until the territory obtained a third-party fiduciary to manage the funds.

07/15/2020
Federal Contracts for Emergency Equipment
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Medical Supplies and PPE

Seven members of Congress wrote to the leaders of the Departments of Health and Human Services, Defense, Homeland Security, and Veterans Affairs about reports that the federal government awarded coronavirus-related contracts to companies with connections to the White House, that hadn’t entered into federal contracts prior, and/or had been selected without transparency or competition.

07/15/2020
Conflicts of Interest in Distributing CARES Funds
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Relief Funds and Loans

Sen. Elizabeth Warren wrote to Treasury Department Special Inspector General for Pandemic Recovery Brian Miller requesting information about the role of lobbyists in dispensing CARES Act funds, whether there were any conflicts of interest in the dispensation, and whether there are processes in place to prevent possible conflicts of interest.

07/14/2020
Administration’s Efforts to Increase Domestic Production of Critical Supplies
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Medical Supplies and PPE

Members of Congress wrote to Defense Secretary Mark Esper and HHS Secretary Alex Azar requesting information about the federal government’s efforts to increase the domestic production of medical supplies and equipment in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The letter also raises questions regarding the Defense Production Act.

07/14/2020
Efforts to Block Testimony by Fauci, Azar, and Birx: House Subcommittee Letter
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Communications Management

The House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis sent a letter to Vice President Mike Pence and HHS Secretary Alex Azar, regarding the Trump administration’s efforts to block testimony by health experts. The subcommittee had invited NIAID Director Dr. Anthony Fauci, Coronavirus Response Coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx, and Azar to testify, but the administration refused to make them available.

07/13/2020
FDA Evaluation of Reliability of Coronavirus Tests
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Testing

The House Committee on Energy and Commerce wrote to FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn requesting information about the steps the FDA is taking to ensure the reliability of both diagnostic and serological coronavirus tests.

07/08/2020
Facebook’s Response to Coronavirus Related Disinformation
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Communications Management

The House Committee on Energy and Commerce wrote to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg requesting information on Facebook’s response to coronavirus-related disinformation, in the form of monthly reports which detail Facebook’s disinformation efforts for U.S. users.

07/08/2020
ACA’s Accrediting Process
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Vulnerable Populations

Sen. Elizabeth Warren wrote to American Correctional Association Executive Director James Gondles Jr. requesting information about how the Affordable Care Act is ensuring that the facilities it accredits are properly managing the coronavirus crisis and providing sufficient care to those infected with the virus.

07/08/2020
Investigating Trump’s Withdrawal from the WHO
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Immigration and Border Issues

Members of Congress wrote to acting OMB Director Russell Vought requesting information about how the president’s decision to withdraw from the World Health Organization furthered the nation’s public health interests, including the decision-making process and the administration’s full withdrawal plan.

07/08/2020
Outstanding Stimulus Checks: House Subcommittee Letter
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Relief Funds and Loans

The House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig regarding the millions of Americans who did not receive Economic Impact Payments under the CARES Act.

07/02/2020
Request to HHS and FEMA to Release Contracts with Fillakit
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Testing

Sens. Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow wrote to HHS Secretary Alex Azar and FEMA Administrator Peter Gaynor requesting information about FEMA’s contracts with Fillakit and the ramifications of the unreliable tests provided by this company.

07/02/2020
Coronavirus Research Grants and Vaccine Development: House Letter
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Vaccines and Treatments

Reps. James Clyburn and Carolyn Maloney requested from the Department of Health and Human Services contract agreements with private entities for research into or manufacturing of coronavirus treatments or vaccines, as well as information about how HHS will ensure any approved vaccine is affordably priced.

07/01/2020
Investigating Inappropriate Nursing Home Evictions
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Vulnerable Populations

Senators wrote to HHS Secretary Alex Azar and CMS Administrator Seema Verma requesting an end to inappropriate nursing home evictions.

07/01/2020
Investigating Food and Beverage Safety During Pandemic
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Business and Industry

Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Jeff Merkley, and Cory Booker sent letters to Archer Daniels Midland Company, the Coca-Cola Company, Kraft Heinz, Mars Inc., Mondelez International, and PepsiCo requesting information about the steps each company is taking to prioritize worker health, prevent potential outbreaks of coronavirus at their facilities, and ensure coronavirus doesn’t impact supply chains.

07/01/2020
Privacy Concerns Regarding HHS Collection of Data
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Federal Management

Members of Congress wrote to HHS Secretary Alex Azar requesting information about all HHS initiatives involving the collection or use of individual data, and ways in which HHS plans to protect individual privacy.

07/01/2020
Farm Operations During Coronavirus Pandemic
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Business and Industry

Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Jeff Merkley, and Cory Booker sent letters to Florida Crystals Corporation, Iowa Select Farms, J.G. Boswell Company, J.R. Simplot Company, R.D. Offutt Company, and Wonderful Inc. requesting information about the steps each company is taking to prioritize worker health, prevent potential outbreaks of coronavirus at their farms, and ensure coronavirus doesn’t impact food supply chains.

06/29/2020
Scientific Reliability of HHS and CDC Recommendations
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Communications Management

The House Committee on Energy and Commerce wrote to HHS Secretary Alex Azar requesting details about how HHS and the CDC ensure recommendations and policies are scientifically sound, and whether the CDC has sufficient resources to carry out the pandemic response.

06/29/2020
Marathon Petroleum’s Tax Break in CARES Act
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Business and Industry

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse wrote to Marathon Petroleum Corporation CEO Michael Hennigan requesting information to determine how Maratthon Petroleum has benefited from the net operating losses tax provision in the CARES Act.

06/26/2020
Request to HHS to Release State Testing Plans
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Testing

The House Committee on Energy and Commerce wrote to HHS Secretary Alex Azar requesting information regarding testing plans on the state and local level.

06/26/2020
Requesting Information on Efforts to Replenish Strategic National Stockpile
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Medical Supplies and PPE

Six senators wrote to HHS Secretary Alex Azar requesting visibility into the agency’s efforts to manage and replenish the Strategic National Stockpile.

06/24/2020
Possible Privacy Violations by Ventel: Congressional Letter
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Immigration and Border Issues

Members of Congress wrote to Ventel Inc. President Chris Gildea requesting information about Ventel’s Covid-19 relief efforts and details about the location data Ventel collects.

06/23/2020
Ensuring Safety in the Executive Office for Immigration Review’s Reopening
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Immigration and Border Issues

Senators wrote to EOIR Director James McHenry requesting information about the office’s decision to resume hearings, the decision-making process, and how it will ensure hearings are safe.

06/23/2020
SBA Duplicate PPP Loans: House Subcommittee Letter
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Relief Funds and Loans

The House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus sent a letter to the Inspector General of the Small Business Administration, requesting an investigation into a vulnerability in loan processing at the SBA that led to many businesses receiving duplicate loans under the Paycheck Protection Program.

06/22/2020
Request to HHS IG to Investigate Funding Related to Coronavirus Testing
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Testing

Four senators wrote to HHS Acting Inspector General Christi Grimm requesting a review of all funding streams related to coronavirus diagnostic testing and an investigation determining whether any program was slowed at the request of the president.

06/22/2020
Investigating the Meat Industry’s Manipulation of the Coronavirus Crisis
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Business and Industry

Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Sen. Cory Booker wrote Tyson Foods CEO Noel White, JBS USA CEO Andre Nogueira, Cargill CEO David MacLennan, and Smithfield Foods CEO Kenneth Sullivan requesting information about the companies’ handling of the pandemic, including sick leave policies and actions taken for workers with coronavirus. They requested information about how many tons of meat were produced, how much was exported to China, and the prices of meat for domestic consumers.

06/22/2020
White House Dismissal of Case Surges and Possible Suppression of Testing: House Subcommittee Letter
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Federal Management, Testing

The House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis sent a letter to Vice President Mike Pence, CDC Director Robert Redfield, and HHS Secretary Alex Azar for projections on coronavirus cases as well as for documents or communications regarding efforts to limit the number of tests.

06/18/2020
N95 Respirator Production
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Medical Supplies and PPE

Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Rep. Jan Schakowsky wrote to Vice President Pence requesting information about the administration’s choice not to build up domestic manufacturing for N95 masks in the beginning stages of the coronavirus pandemic.

06/18/2020
Economic and Unemployment Projections: House Subcommittee Letter
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Federal Management

The House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Council of Economic Advisers Acting Chairman Tomas Philipson, and OMB Acting Director Russell Vought asking the White House to release unemployment claims and economic projections.

06/16/2020
Plans to Control the Coronavirus Pandemic in Nursing Homes
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Vulnerable Populations

The House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis wrote to CMS Administrator Seema Verma requesting information about CMS’s plans for controlling the spread of the coronavirus in nursing homes, including the number of coronavirus tests performed and projections of the pandemic’s spread through December 2021.

06/16/2020
Covid-19 Deaths in Nursing Homes: House Subcommittee Letter
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Vulnerable Populations

The House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis sent a letter to Seema Verma, the director of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, as well as to the CEOs of five senior-care companies (Genesis HealthCare, Life Care Centers of America, Ensign Group, Consulate Health Care, and SavaSeniorCare) seeking coronavirus-related projections, company information, and related communications or complaints, to investigate the devastating impact of Covid-19 on nursing home residents and workers.

06/15/2020
Letter Requesting Dr. Moncef Slaoui Resolve Ethics Concerns
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Influence and Access in Pandemic Response, Vaccines and Treatments

Sens. Warren and Blumenthal, and Rep. Pramila Jayapal, wrote to HHS Secretary Alex Azar expressing concern about Chief Adviser for Operation Warp Speed Dr. Moncef Slaoui’s conflicts of interest and demand that he be hired as a special government employee and that he resolve his conflicts of interest.

06/15/2020
Investigating the Efficacy of the Paycheck Protection Program
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Relief Funds and Loans

The House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis wrote to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza requesting communications with banks and industry associations, all applications received, and loans granted to determine whether the Paycheck Protection Program has favored large companies over struggling small businesses.

06/15/2020
Major Banks and the Distribution of PPP Funds: House Subcommittee Letter
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Influence and Access in Pandemic Response, Relief Funds and Loans

The House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis sent a letter to the Treasury Department and the Small Business Administration, as well as to eight banks (JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, PNC Bank, Truist Bank, Wells Fargo, U.S. Bank, Citibank, and Santander) regarding preferential loan processing and waste in the Paycheck Protection Program.

06/13/2020
Investigating the Paycheck Protection Program
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Relief Funds and Loans

Reps. Richard Neal, Maxine Waters, and Nydia Velazquez wrote to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza requesting information about the recipients of the Paycheck Protection Program and the loans granted to these recipients.

06/10/2020
EPA’s Coronavirus Policies
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Business and Industry

Members of Congress wrote to EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler requesting information to show how the EPA is implementing its Covid-19 enforcement policy.

06/08/2020
Project Airbridge Initiative
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Medical Supplies and PPE

Senators wrote to Pandemic Response Accountability Committee Acting Chair Michael Horowitz requesting that he investigate the president’s Project Airbridge Initiative, specifically the origin and effectiveness of the Initiative and the amount of medical supplies it provided.

05/28/2020
Investigating Conditions at Otay Mesa Detention Center
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Vulnerable Populations

Members of Congress to DHS Inspector General Joseph Cuffari requesting an investigation into the death of a detained person at Otay Mesa Detention Center due to coronavirus. They also requested that the investigation determine what measures ICE has taken to ensure the testing, treatment, and care of detained people.

05/21/2020
White House Development of National Vaccination Plans
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Vaccines and Treatments

The House Committee on Energy and Commerce wrote to Coronavirus Task Force Coordinator Deborah Birx asking whether the administration had a plan for manufacturing and equitably distributing a coronavirus vaccine, preparing existing immunization infrastructure for this, and educating providers and patients about the vaccine.

05/14/2020
Investigating ICE’s Inadequate Response to Coronavirus Pandemic
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Vulnerable Populations

The House Committee on Oversight and Reform wrote DHS Acting Secretary Chad Wolf and ICE Acting Director Matthew Albence for the third time, criticizing ICE’s approach to the pandemic and requesting that ICE parole all detainees whose release does not require a court order. The committee also reiterated requests for information about the number of infected and medically vulnerable detainees in ICE custody and ICE’s plan to treat these detainees.

05/08/2020
Large Corporations’ Use of PPP Small Business Funds: House Subcommittee Letter
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Business and Industry, Relief Funds and Loans

The House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis sent letters to five large public corporations (EVO Transportation & Energy Services, Gulf Island Fabrication, MiMedx Group, Quantum Corporation, Universal Stainless & Alloy Products), demanding that each return the Paycheck Protection Program loans intended for small businesses.

05/07/2020
The Trump Organization’s Ties to Funding
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Trump Family Business

The House Committee on Oversight and Reform wrote to the Trump Organization’s Executive Vice President Eric Trump asking for records of the company’s requests for financial benefits from domestic and foreign governments because of the coronavirus crisis.

05/01/2020
Limiting Coronavirus Spread to Latin America
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Immigration and Border Issues

Senators wrote to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and DHS Acting Secretary Chad Wolf requesting that they mandate Covid-19 testing for migrants before they are deported from the U.S.

04/30/2020
Political Interference in HHS Response to Coronavirus
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Communications Management

Senators wrote to HHS Secretary Alex Azar asking for information to ensure that political interference isn’t influencing HHS, including ways in which HHS employees can file complaints and and how the department avoids ideological bias.

04/29/2020
FEMA’s Distribution of Medical Supplies
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Medical Supplies and PPE

The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure wrote to FEMA Administrator Peter Gaynor requesting detailed information about the supply chain for medical equipment, including names of suppliers, information about volunteers, and the allocation of resources to specific states.

04/28/2020
Follow-up Letter on FDA’s Policies Regarding Coronavirus Testing
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Testing

The House Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy sent a letter to FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn to follow up on the committee’s inquiries into the FDA’s policies regarding serological testing for coronavirus.

04/28/2020
Demographic Data of Incarcerated People in Home Confinement
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Vulnerable Populations

Senators wrote to Federal Bureau of Prisons Director Michael Carvajal asking that he release demographic data of incarcerated people who are currently in home confinement or are awaiting transfer to home confinement.

04/27/2020
Participants of Project Airbridge
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Influence and Access in Pandemic Response

Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Richard Blumenthal wrote letters to the CEOs of Cardinal Health, Concordance Healthcare Solutions, Henry Schein, McKesson Corporation, Medline Industries, and Owens & Minor, Inc. requesting information about their participation in Project Airbridge, a public-private partnership to distribute medical supplies during the coronavirus pandemic. They requested information about how the companies were chosen to participate, what contracts were in place, and how the companies receive, price, and distribute medical supplies.

04/24/2020
President’s Emergency Authorities
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Federal Management

The House Judiciary Committee requested that Attorney General William Barr provide information and documents regarding President Trump’s potential use of emergency powers to respond to the coronavirus crisis.

04/24/2020
FEMA’s Covid-19 Response to Underprivileged Communities
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Federal Management

35 members of Congress wrote DHS Acting Secretary Chad Wolf and FEMA Administrator Pete Gaynor expressing concern over FEMA’s past response to disasters impacting underprivileged communities and requesting information on how FEMA plans to equitably address communities’ Covid-19 needs.

04/23/2020
Trump Organization’s Seeking of Rent Relief During Pandemic
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Trump Family Business

The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure wrote to GSA Administrator Emily Murphy expressing concern about reports that the Trump Organization was seeking rent relief, and asking for information about these requests and correspondence between the Trump Organization and GSA.

04/23/2020
Political Influence in Dr. Bright’s Reassignment
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Communications Management

The House Energy and Commerce Committee wrote to HHS Principal Deputy Inspector General Christi Grimm requesting an investigation into the reassignment of Dr. Rick Bright.

04/22/2020
Administration’s Distribution of Medical Supplies and Political Opportunism: Senate Letter
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Elections and Campaigns, Medical Supplies and PPE, Political Opportunism

Ten senators sent a letter to the Inspectors General of the Department of Health and Human Services as well as the Federal Emergency Management Agency, calling for investigations into whether electoral motivations influenced the Trump administration’s involvement in the distribution of medical equipment to states or the decision to put the president’s signature on relief checks.

04/21/2020
Management and Distribution of Medical Supplies
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Medical Supplies and PPE

Ten senators wrote to DHS Inspector General Joseph Cuffari and HHS Principal Deputy IG Christi Grimm to request an investigation into the management and distribution of medical supplies by FEMA and HHS.

04/20/2020
Request for Information from HHS and FEMA Regarding Distribution of Emergency Supplies to States
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Medical Supplies and PPE

The House Energy and Commerce Committee wrote to HHS Secretary Alex Azar and FEMA Administrator Peter Gaynor requesting information about the administration’s response to states’ requests for emergency equipment, the distribution of that equipment, and future plans for its distribution.

04/17/2020
Investigating Coronavirus Response in Nursing Homes: Senate Letter
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Vulnerable Populations

The Senate Finance Committee wrote to HHS Secretary Alex Azar and CMS Administrator Seema Verma requesting an explanation of how they intended to use the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund and that they release plans to update training for personnel in nursing homes and other longterm care facilities.

04/17/2020
Investigating Small Business Relief Programs
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Relief Funds and Loans

Senators wrote to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza requesting information about the number and amount of loans distributed to small businesses, nonprofits, and religious organizations through the Paycheck Protection Program and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan and Emergency Grants Program.

04/16/2020
Political Pressures Interfering with FDA
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Communications Management

The Senate HELP Committee wrote to FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn requesting information about the mechanisms are in place to prevent political interference with the FDA’s scientific decision-making process.

04/16/2020
Navy’s Pandemic Preparedness
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Vulnerable Populations

Senators wrote to Acting Secretary of the Navy James McPherson requesting information about the Navy’s pandemic response, including how much PPE is available to the Navy and what procedures the Navy has identified for controlling and adapting to possible outbreaks.

04/15/2020
Philips Corporation’s Role in Lack of Available Ventilators
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Medical Supplies and PPE

The House Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy wrote to CEO Vitor Rocha of the Philips North American Corporation, which had a contract to provide ventilators to the Strategic National Stockpile. The letter requests production schedules, specified communications and contracts with the federal government, and ventilator specifications.

04/15/2020
White House Coronavirus Task Force Conflicts-of-Interest Concerns
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Influence and Access in Pandemic Response

Sens. Warren, Blumenthal, and Carper wrote to White House Senior Counsel Scott Gast expressing concern that members of the Coronavirus Task Force and other members of the administration involved in responding to the pandemic have potential financial conflicts of interest, that members were using communications methods that potentially violate the Presidential Records Act, and that the task force is potentially violating the Federal Advisory Committee Act.

04/14/2020
USPTO’s Operations and Finances In Response to COVID-19
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Federal Management

Members of Congress wrote Undersecretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Andrei Iancu requesting information on the office’s transition to remote work, the impact of Covid-19 on the number of trademark and patent application filings, and the impact of Covid-19 on the office’s finances.

04/14/2020
EPA’s Enforcement of Air Pollution Regulations
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Business and Industry

Senators wrote to EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler requesting information about the air pollution regulations the EPA is enforcing and the steps the EPA is taking to improve air quality in light of the link between air pollution and worsened Covid-19 patient outcomes.

04/10/2020
Requesting Coronavirus Task Force to Upgrade Testing Capacity
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Testing

Senators wrote to Vice President Pence requesting that HHS and FEMA conduct a national inventory of the country’s coronavirus test supply and provide a detailed plan for addressing future gaps in the testing supply chain.

04/10/2020
Requesting Oversight of Private Medical Supply Distributors
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Medical Supplies and PPE

Senators wrote to Vice President Pence requesting information about the private distributors of medical supplies and the oversight that FEMA is conducting of these private distributors.

04/10/2020
Oversight Needed of Private-Sector Distribution of Medical Supplies
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Medical Supplies and PPE

Senators wrote to Vice President Pence asking for information about the role of the private sector in distributing medical supplies and what oversight FEMA is conducting of this distribution.

04/10/2020
Concerns About Administration’s PPE Supply Chain
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Medical Supplies and PPE

Senators wrote to Vice President Pence expressing concern that the administration’s use of private companies to distribute medical supplies opens opportunities for waste and fraud. They requested details on the administration’s distribution plan and how the administration was using the Defense Production Act to guide distribution efforts.

04/10/2020
DOJ’s Response to Coronavirus Outbreaks in Prisons
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Vulnerable Populations

The House Judiciary Committee wrote to Attorney General William Barr requesting more information about how the Justice Department is managing high levels of coronavirus infection at FCI Oakdale, FCI Elkton, and FCI Danbury. The letter requests information about available PPE and social distancing guidelines.

04/10/2020
Need for Expansion of Coronavirus Testing
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Testing, Vulnerable Populations

Senators wrote to Vice President Pence requesting that the White House Coronavirus Task Force conduct a national inventory of the country’s coronavirus test supply, release data on testing results, and provide a detailed plan for fixing gaps in the testing supply chain, especially in regards to Indian tribes.

04/10/2020
The Role of Private Companies in PPE Distribution
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Influence and Access in Pandemic Response

Senators wrote to Vice President Pence asking for more details regarding FEMA’s use of private companies to distribute personal protective equipment, with specific note as to how PPE is being allocated and how FEMA is conducting oversight.

04/10/2020
Racial Disparities in Testing and Treatment: Congressional Letter
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Testing

Members of Congress (Sens. Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, and Reps. Ayanna Pressley and Robin Kelly) sent a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services urging the agency to collect racial and ethnic demographic data on Covid-19 testing.

04/09/2020
Investigating the Trump Administration’s Tax Policies
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Federal Management

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse and Rep. Lloyd Doggett wrote to Vice President Pence, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, and OMB Acting Director Russell Vought to request communications pertaining to the administration’s advocacy for two tax provisions included in the CARES Act, both of which would reduce tax revenue.

04/09/2020
Creation of PPE Distribution Strategy
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Medical Supplies and PPE

The House Committees on Armed Services, Energy and Commerce, and Homeland Security wrote to President Trump requesting a clear strategy and national coordination plan to issue contracts for distributing personal protective equipment, ventilators, and testing.

04/08/2020
Fighting Impending Drug Shortages
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Medical Supplies and PPE

Sens. Gary Peters and Patty Murray wrote to Vice President Pence, HHS Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Robert Kadlec, FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn, and FEMA Administrator Peter Gaynor asking for the administration’s plans to prevent critical drug shortages in the face of the pandemic.

04/08/2020
CBP’s Treatment of Pregnant People
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Vulnerable Populations

Senators wrote to DHS Inspector General Joseph Cuffari requesting an investigation into the treatment of pregnant people by Customs and Border Protection personnel.

04/07/2020
Request to CDC to Release Coronavirus Testing Demographic Data
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Testing

Multiple members of Congress wrote to CDC Director Robert Redfield requesting demographics data related to coronavirus testing.

04/07/2020
Problems in FEMA’s Oversight of PPE and Supply Distribution
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Medical Supplies and PPE

The House Committees on Homeland Security and Oversight and Reform wrote to FEMA Administrator Peter Gaynor requesting information on how FEMA is acquiring and distributing personal protective equipment and medical supplies, including any seizures by FEMA of this equipment, as well as FEMA’s communications with White House officials like Jared Kushner regarding medical supplies.

04/06/2020
Royalty Cuts to Oil and Gas Producers
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Business and Industry

16 members of Congress wrote to Interior Secretary David Bernhardt urging him to ignore requests from Republicans asking for royalty cuts for oil and gas producers on federal land in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

04/06/2020
USCIS’s Potential Exacerbation of Physician Shortages During Pandemic
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Immigration and Border Issues

37 members of Congress wrote to Ken Cuccinelli (then consider USCIS acting director) requesting that USCIS rethink its suspension of Form I-129 and I-140 processing, as the suspension could exacerbate physician shortages by preventing foreign physicians from working in the U.S.

04/06/2020
Imports Needed to Fight Pandemic
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Immigration and Border Issues

The House Committee on Ways and Means and the Senate Committee on Finance wrote to U.S. International Trade Commission Chairman David Johnson requesting that the agency conduct an investigation to determine which imported products may be needed to respond to the coronavirus crisis.

04/03/2020
Disbursing Loan to USPS
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Federal Management

Members of Congress (Sens. Gary Peters and Tom Carper and Reps. Carolyn B. Maloney and Gerald E. Connolly) wrote to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin requesting the administration disburse the $10 billion loan Congress authorized the administration to provide to the Postal Service in the CARES Act.

04/03/2020
Request to HHS OIG to Investigate Potential Interference In Management of Strategic National Stockpile
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Medical Supplies and PPE

Senators wrote to the HHS principal deputy inspector general requesting an investigation into potential interference in the management of the Strategic National Stockpile for political purposes following an alteration of the stockpile’s description.

04/03/2020
EPA’s Enforcement Suspension
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Business and Industry

Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey wrote to EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler requesting information about the decision-making process behind the EPA’s suspension of its enforcement of environmental laws, including whether the EPA analyzed how this decision will impact emissions.

04/02/2020
Unemployment Provisions During Coronavirus Pandemic
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Relief Funds and Loans

The House Committee on Ways and Means wrote to Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia requesting information about when his department will grant states increased funds and allow states to begin providing increased unemployment compensation to workers.

04/01/2020
Distributing PPE to Health-Care Workers
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Medical Supplies and PPE

The House Committee on Ways and Means wrote to Vice President Pence requesting information about how the White House Coronavirus Task Force is distributing personal protective equipment to frontline health-care workers.

03/31/2020
FEMA’s Coronavirus Response in U.S. Territories
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Medical Supplies and PPE, Vulnerable Populations

The House Committee on Natural Resources wrote to FEMA Administrator Peter Gaynor requesting information about FEMA’s response to the coronavirus pandemic in U.S. territories, including how FEMA intends to support vulnerable populations and ensure access to food and water for residents.

03/30/2020
Protecting Children in the Child Welfare System
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Vulnerable Populations

Ten senators wrote to Vice President Pence and Administration on Children, Youth and Families Commissioner Elizabeth Darling requesting plans to ensure that children in the child welfare system are guaranteed access to stable housing, education, and health throughout the pandemic.

03/26/2020
Requesting Information About Administration’s Supply Distribution Plan
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Medical Supplies and PPE

Six senators wrote to Vice President Mike Pence asking for information about the administration’s plan to efficiently allocate and distribute medical supplies.

03/26/2020
Protecting Native American Populations During the Pandemic
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Vulnerable Populations

The House Natural Resources Committee wrote to FEMA Administrator Pete Gaynor and National Tribal Affairs Adviser Denise Kraus requesting information about FEMA’s plans to address the coronavirus outbreak in Indian Country.

03/25/2020
USPS Response to Covid-19
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Federal Management

Members of Congress (Sens. Booker and Menendez, and Reps. Malinowski, Watson Coleman, Gottheimer, Payne, Kim, Pascrell, Pallone, Sires, and Norcross) sent a letter to Postmaster General Megan Brennan requesting information on USPS’s actions to protect USPS employees and customers during the coronavirus pandemic.

03/24/2020
Carbon Health Medical Group’s At-Home Testing Kits
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Testing

The House Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy wrote to Carbon Health Medical Group CEO Eren Bali requesting information about his company’s at-home coronavirus tests, such as the number sold, the number returned, and policy regarding consumer samples.

03/21/2020
Medical Supply Availability and Manufacturing
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Medical Supplies and PPE

Senators wrote to President Trump and Vice President Pence requesting information about the nation’s current stockpile of medical supplies and the administration’s plan to manufacture and distribute more supplies.

03/21/2020
Expanding Access to Medical Supplies and Care
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Medical Supplies and PPE

The House Committee on Oversight and Reform wrote to HHS Secretary Alex Azar and Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Robert Kadlec requesting a briefing to explain the administration’s plans to acquire and distribute PPE and medical supplies, and to increase hospital bed capacity.

03/20/2020
Request to Administration for Metrics on Coronavirus Response
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Testing

Sens. Gary Peters and Patty Murray wrote to Vice President Mike Pence requesting publication of a number of metrics regarding the coronavirus and the administration’s response.

03/19/2020
Coronavirus Testing Delays
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Testing

Sen. Patty Murray wrote to HHS Principal Deputy Inspector General Christi Grimm requesting an investigation into the Department of Health and Human Services’ processes to develop, deploy, and analyze diagnostic coronavirus tests.

03/19/2020
Request to HHS and CDC to Provide Coronavirus Testing Plan
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Testing

The House Committee on Oversight and Reform wrote to HHS Secretary Alex Azar and CDC Director Robert Redfield to ask for the administration’s current coronavirus testing capacity and plan to increase testing capability.

03/19/2020
Rep. Pallone Statement on Possible Oil Industry Bailout
Type: Press Release
Investigating Entities: Congress
Business and Industry

Rep. Frank Pallone released a statement condemning the administration’s push to include a multibillion-dollar bailout for the oil industry in the coronavirus stimulus package.

03/19/2020
Travel Restrictions at the Canadian Border
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Immigration and Border Issues

Sen. Charles Schumer wrote to DHS Acting Secretary Chad Wolf requesting that DHS clarify travel restrictions in place at the U.S.-Canadian border, particularly by specifying what travel is deemed essential and what isn’t.

03/18/2020
CDC Legal Authority to Cover Covid-19 Testing and Treatment Costs
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Testing, Vaccines and Treatments

Letter from Sen. Elizabeth Warren seeking clarification on the legal authority of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to cover the costs of Covid-19 testing and treatment. In March, Director Robert Redfield had said during congressional testimony that the CDC would cover all costs.

03/18/2020
Plans for Managing Coronavirus Outbreaks in Detention Centers
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Vulnerable Populations

24 senators wrote to DHS Acting Secretary Chad Wolf, ICE Acting Director Matthew Albence, and CBP Acting Commissioner Mark Morgan requesting information about the policies that the DHS, ICE, and CBP have put in place to manage a potential coronavirus outbreak and treat and isolate people accordingly.

03/18/2020
ORR’s Plans for Managing Coronavirus Outbreaks
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Vulnerable Populations

Sen. Edward Markey wrote to HHS Assistant Secretary Lynn Johnson requesting information about the procedures the Office of Refugee Resettlement has in place to manage a coronavirus outbreak among children in ORR facilities.

03/18/2020
Veterans Health Administration’s Pandemic Preparedness
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Vulnerable Populations

The House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs wrote to VA Secretary Robert Wilkie requesting daily updates detailing the Veterans Health Administration’s preparedness for the coronavirus pandemic. The request specified that updates include number of veterans and employees tested, test results, and testing time.

03/17/2020
Managing Impact of Canada’s Travel Restrictions
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Immigration and Border Issues

Sens. Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow wrote to President Trump requesting information to determine the impact of Canada’s travel restrictions on the coronavirus response in the U.S., including information on who will be allowed to cross the border and how the administration will ensure that restrictions don’t harm U.S. hospitals.

03/17/2020
Enforcing Travel Restrictions During the Coronavirus Pandemic
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Immigration and Border Issues

Sen. Edward Markey wrote to DHS Acting Secretary Chad Wolf and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo requesting information about how their agencies planned to enforce travel restrictions, including how restrictions are determined, what happens to sick passengers at points of entry, and how passengers will be screened to ensure they haven’t traveled to banned destinations.

03/16/2020
White House and HHS Fail to Provide Adequate Testing
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Testing

Sen. Elizabeth Warren and multiple senators wrote to Vice President Mike Pence and Assistant Secretary for Health Adm. Brett Giroir requesting information about the administration’s failure to provide enough coronavirus testing as well as an explanation for the misinformation about testing.

03/13/2020
Bureau of Prisons Coronavirus Data
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Vulnerable Populations

Sen. Charles Grassley wrote to Attorney General William Barr and Federal Bureau of Prisons Director Michael Carvajal requesting that they make public how many confirmed cases have been found in prisons and what measures they are adopting to stop the spread of coronavirus.

03/12/2020
Preparations to Prevent Census Disruption from Covid-19
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Federal Management

Reps. David E. Price, Jose E. Serrano, Carolyn B. Maloney, and Jamie Raskin wrote a letter to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross requesting information on the plan to ensure the 2020 census is not disrupted by Covid-19.

03/12/2020
Justice Department Preparations for Coronavirus in Prisons
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Vulnerable Populations

The House Committee on the Judiciary wrote to Attorney General William Barr requesting information about the measures taken by the Justice Department to ensure the health and safety of incarcerated people and staff working in U.S. prisons, protocols surrounding testing and isolation for those who have been exposed to coronavirus, and data about coronavirus cases in prisons.

03/12/2020
Investigating Rationale Behind Trump’s Europe Travel Ban
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Immigration and Border Issues

The House Committee on Homeland Security wrote to DHS Acting Secretary Chad Wolf, HHS Secretary Alex Azar, and CDC Director Robert Redfield requesting detailed reasoning for the European travel ban, including why certain European countries were included and not others and plans to monitor and evaluate travelers from all European countries.

03/10/2020
Follow-up Letter on ACF Employees’ Potential Covid-19 Exposure
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Federal Management

The House Committee on Ways and Means sent a letter to HHS Secretary Alex Azar regarding the committee’s initial request about potential exposure of Administration for Children and Families employees to Covid-19. This letter reiterated questions and attached a set of new questions.

03/03/2020
Information Regarding the Outbreak of Coronavirus in U.S.
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Federal Management

Letter from the House Committee on Oversight and Reform to CDC Director Robert Redfield requesting information about the spread of Covid-19 within the United States.

03/03/2020
Ensuring Covid-19 Testing and Treatment for Uninsured and Underinsured
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Federal Management

Letter from the House Committee on Oversight and Reform to HHS Secretary Alex Azar and CMS Administrator Seema Verma requesting HHS’s plan to ensure uninsured and underinsured individuals are able to receive testing and treatment for Covid-19.

03/03/2020
HHS Testing Procedure Development
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Testing

The House Committee on Oversight and Reform wrote to HHS Secretary Alex Azar to ask how the department and its sub-agencies intended to develop, authorize, and distribute coronavirus testing procedures.

03/02/2020
Labor Dept. Preparations for Spread of COVID-19
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Federal Management

Sen. Patty Murray and other senators on the HELP Committee wrote to Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia requesting information on the department’s plans to ensure worker safety during the spread of Covid-19.

03/02/2020
Education Dept.’s Preparation for Coronavirus
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Federal Management

The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions wrote to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos requesting information about the department’s preparations for the potential spread of the coronavirus.

02/28/2020
Deployment of Unprepared HHS Staff to Quarantine Sites
Source: Sen. Ron Wyden
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Federal Management

Letter from Sen. Ron Wyden to the Department of Health and Human Services regarding a whistleblower report that revealed HHS had deployed unprepared staff — including staff who were not provided with adequate training or protective equipment — to sites in the U.S. where people exposed to Covid-19 were being quarantined during the early days of the pandemic.

02/28/2020
Protecting Non-Healthcare Federal Workers in the Pandemic
Source: Sen. Ron Wyden
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Vulnerable Populations

Sen. Ron Wyden wrote to HHS Secretary Alex Azar requesting more information about a whistleblower allegation that HHS sent non-health care federal staff to two coronavirus quarantine sites in California without adequate training, safety protocols, or protective equipment.

02/27/2020
HHS Policies Related to Diamond Princess Cruise Ship
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Business and Industry

Sens. Patty Murray and Gary Peters wrote to HHS Secretary Alex Azar requesting information about the decision-making behind bringing American passengers of the Diamond Princess cruise ship back to the country.

02/03/2020
CDC Distribution of Rapid Diagnostic Tests in States and Localities with Confirmed Cases
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Federal Management, State and Federal Coordination

Bipartisan, bicameral letter signed by 48 members of Congress urging CDC Director Robert Redfield to distribute rapid diagnostic tests to state and local health officials, prioritizing those states and localities with confirmed cases of Covid-19.

01/28/2020
Request to State, HHS, and DHS for a Targeted Travel Ban on China
Source: Sen. Tom Cotton
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Federal Management

Sen. Tom Cotton wrote to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, HHS Secretary Alex Azar, and DHS Acting Secretary Chad Wolf requesting the implementation of a targeted travel ban on China in response to Covid-19. The letter asks for commercial flights from China to be halted immediately, describes possible exceptions to the targeted travel ban, and discusses the need to assist in the return of American citizens, among other requests.

01/28/2020
Information on Federal Strategy and Response Coordination with States to Contain Covid-19
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Federal Management, Medical Supplies and PPE

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee wrote to Acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf requesting information about DHS’s Covid-19 response plan and its plans to coordinate with state and tribal governments. Questions relate to screening at ports of entry, adequate supplies for front-line responders, and the process for providing updates to public health and safety officials, among other issues.

01/27/2020
Assessment of Covid-19 Situation and Response Plans
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Federal Management

31 Democratic senators wrote to HHS Secretary Alex Azar requesting an assessment of the rapidly unfolding Covid-19 situation, the current and planned response, information about the threat to health-care workers and plans to equip them properly, and screening procedures at airports, among other questions.

01/27/2020
Request to Reestablish NSC Global Health Security and Biothreats Directorate
Source: Sen. Ed Markey
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Federal Management

Sen. Ed Markey wrote to President Trump requesting the reestablishment of the Global Health Security and Biothreats directorate within the National Security Council, which had been established during the Obama administration after the Ebola crisis and eliminated in 2018. Markey asked Trump to appoint a qualified individual to fill the post and coordinate the government’s response to Covid-19.

01/22/2020
Preventing Covid-19 from Becoming a Pandemic, Cooperation with China and Other Governments, International Bodies
Source: Sen. Tom Cotton
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Federal Management

Sen. Tom Cotton wrote to HHS Secretary Alex Azar requesting greater coordination among the U.S., China, and other national governments and international bodies in an effort to prevent Covid-19 from becoming a pandemic. Cotton urged Azar to notify Congress if HHS finds that China is providing inaccurate information about Covid-19 to the U.S. government.

01/22/2020
The CDC’s Plan to Address Covid-19
Source: Sen. Rick Scott
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Federal Management, State and Federal Coordination

Sen. Rick Scott wrote to CDC Director Robert Redfield requesting the agency’s plan to address the threat of Covid-19, including steps taken to coordinate with state and local health authorities and criteria for screening individuals arriving at ports of entry.

01/21/2020
Request to State and CDC for Supplemental Resources for Newark Liberty International Airport
Type: Letter
Investigating Entities: Congress
Federal Management, State and Federal Coordination

Sens. Menendez and Booker wrote a letter to CDC Director Robert Redfield and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo asking them to send supplemental resources, similar to those received by three other airports, to Newark Liberty International Airport response in these agencies’ major U.S. airports to COVID-19.