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

Date Title Topic(s)
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.

07/08/2020
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
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.

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
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
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
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
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.

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.

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.

04/10/2020
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.