Covid-19 Public Documents & Reports

Witness testimony, reports, government records, and more — read the key documents produced by the Covid-19 oversight investigations conducted by Congress, inspectors general, and outside watchdogs.

The Public Documents and Reports database collects the key primary source documents and reports produced by the oversight inquiries into the Covid-19 response. More information about the ongoing investigations themselves can be found in the Oversight Tracker, 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 (reports; tools; transcripts or testimony) and Source (inspectors general; watchdog organizations; news publications).

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)
07/21/2020
Report: Addressing the Other Covid Crisis: Corruption
Source: Brookings Institution
Type: Report
Business and Industry, Influence and Access in Pandemic Response, Relief Funds and Loans

Aryah Mellman and Norm Eisen at Brookings detail the challenges faced by oversight entities in preventing corruption in the Covid-19 relief efforts.

07/20/2020
The Third Report of the Congressional Oversight Commission
Source: Congressional Oversight Commission
Type: Report
Relief Funds and Loans

The third report of the Congressional Oversight Commission found that the Federal Reserve’s Main Street Lending Program had done very little, and had issued just a single $12 million loan as of July 20, 2020.

07/09/2020
Federal Reserve Reports to Congress on Lending Facilities in Response to Covid-19
Source: Federal Rerserve
Type: Report
Relief Funds and Loans

The Federal Reserve filed these reports to Congress pursuant to section 13(3) of the Federal Reserve Act concerning the lending facilities established by the Board.

07/08/2020
ProPublica PPP Loan Database
Source: Small Business Administration
Type: Tool
Relief Funds and Loans

Search ProPublica’s database of PPP loans.

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ProPublica
07/07/2020
COVID Stimulus Watch
Source: Good Jobs First
Type: Tool
Relief Funds and Loans

This tool from Good Jobs First tracks Covid-19 stimulus payments.

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Good Jobs First
07/06/2020
Explore the SBA Data on Businesses that Received PPP Loans
Source: Small Business Administration
Type: Tool
Relief Funds and Loans

The Washington Post provided a tool for exploring borrower data on 660,000 Paycheck Protection Program loans administered by the Small Business Administration and the Department of the Treasury.

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Washington Post
06/30/2020
Testimony: Update on Progress Toward Safely Getting Back to Work and Back to School
Source: Senate Committee on Health Education Labor and Pensions
Type: Transcript
Business and Industry

Testimony of NIAID Director Anthony Fauci, Assistant HHS Director Brett Giroir, CDC Director Robert Redfield, and FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn at June 30, 2020, at Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing.

06/26/2020
Testimony: Opportunities to Improve Federal Response and Recovery Efforts
Source: Government Accountability Office
Type: Testimony
Relief Funds and Loans

Testimony of Gene L. Dodaro, U.S. comptroller general, before the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis.

06/26/2020
Report: Three Statistics that Show the Trump Administration’s Failure on the Paycheck Protection Program and What to Do Next
Source: Accountable.us
Type: Report
Relief Funds and Loans

Accountable.us filed an early report on the efficacy of the Paycheck Protection Program, showing the program failed to protect many small business — especially minority-owned businesses.

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Accountable.us
06/25/2020
Report: Lessons Learned for Indian Country
Source: Inspector General – Department of the Interior
Type: Report
Relief Funds and Loans, Vulnerable Populations

The Interior Department’s Office of the Inspector General prepared a report on “lessons learned” to inform the provision of grants and awards under the CARES Act.

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PRAC
06/25/2020
Report: Office of Insular Affairs Allocation of CARES Act Funds
Source: Inspector General – Department of the Interior
Type: Report
Relief Funds and Loans

The Interior Department’s Office of the Inspector General found that the department’s Office of Insular Affairs had “taken prompt and immediate action in its allocation of CARES Act
funds to Insular Area governments.”

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PRAC
06/25/2020
Report: The National Park Service’s Coronavirus Response Operating Plans
Source: Inspector General – Department of the Interior
Type: Report
Federal Management

The Interior Department’s Office of the Inspector General issued a report on national parks’ plans for reopening or developing Covid-19 response operating plans.

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PRAC
06/25/2020
Report: Opportunities to Improve Federal Response and Recovery Efforts
Source: Government Accountability Office
Type: Report
Federal Management

This is the initial report from the Government Accountability Office, which was required by the CARES Act to report bimonthly on its ongoing monitoring and oversight efforts related to the Covid-19 pandemic, including on the spending of $2.6 trillion in emergency assistance for people, businesses, the health-care system, and state and local governments.

06/24/2020
Report: Status of CARES Act Funding as of June 12, 2020
Source: Inspector General – Department of Justice
Type: Report
Relief Funds and Loans

The Justice Department’s Office of the Inspector General issued a report on the status of the department’s $1.007 billion in CARES Act appropriations.

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PRAC
06/23/2020
Testimony: Oversight of the Trump Administration’s Response to the Covid-19 Pandemic
Source: House Committee on Energy and Commerce
Type: Transcript
Federal Management

Testimony of NIAID Director Anthony Fauci, Assistant HHS Secretary Brett Giroir, CDC Director Robert Redfield, and FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn at June 23, 2020, House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing.

06/18/2020
Second Report of the Congressional Oversight Commission
Source: Congressional Oversight Commission
Type: Report
Relief Funds and Loans

The second report of the Congressional Oversight Commission contains responses from the Federal Reserve and Treasury to certain questions posed by the commission in its first report.

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Congressional Oversight Commission
06/17/2020
Report: Top Challenges Facing Federal Agencies: COVID-19 Emergency Relief and Response Efforts
Source: Pandemic Response Accountability Committee
Type: Report
Federal Management, Relief Funds and Loans

Inspectors general submitted summaries of the top management challenges facing federal agencies that received pandemic-related funding.

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PRAC
06/17/2020
Memo: Key Potential Risk Areas for the Department of Transportation in Overseeing CARES Act Requirements
Source: Inspector General – Department of Transportation
Type: Memorandum
Relief Funds and Loans

The Transportation Department’s Office of the Inspector General sent a memo to the secretary about the potential risk areas in implementing the requirements of the CARES Act, including grants to airports and fraud prevention.

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PRAC
06/15/2020
Report: Where’s the Money? DOI Use of CARES Act Funds as of May 31, 2020
Source: Inspector General – Department of the Interior
Type: Report
Relief Funds and Loans

The Interior Department’s Office of the Inspector General issued a report on the department’s progress in obligating CARES Act funding as of May 31, 2020.

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PRAC
06/02/2020
Report: Best Practices and Lessons Learned for DoD Contracting Officials in the Pandemic Environment
Source: Inspector General – Department of Defense
Type: Report
Federal Management

The Defense Department’s Inspector General analyzed past audits related to disaster relief response to provide best practices and lessons learned.

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PRAC
06/01/2020
Report: Telework Impact on HUD’s Operations Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic
Source: Inspector General – Housing and Urban Development
Type: Report
Federal Management

This Department of Housing and Urban Development’s inspector general summarized survey and interview results on the impact agency-wide telework was having on HUD operations.

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PRAC
05/29/2020
Memo: The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program Needs Proactive Measures to Detect and Prevent Improper Payments and Fraud
Source: Inspector General – Department of Labor
Type: Memorandum
Relief Funds and Loans

The Labor Department’s Office of the Inspector General issued a memo to bring up concerns about the potential of improper payments and fraud from the CARES Act’s expansion of unemployment insurance eligibility.

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PRAC
05/18/2020
Report: Questions About the CARES Act’s $500 Billion Emergency Economic Stabilization Funds
Source: Congressional Oversight Commission
Type: Report
Relief Funds and Loans

The first report of the Congressional Oversight Commission reviewed actions by the Treasury and the Federal Reserve implementing Treasury relief spending to date, including designing lending programs and facilities. It also outlined some preliminary questions based on those actions that we intend to examine.

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Congressional Oversight Commission
05/14/2020
50 States Open Records Project: Idaho
Source: Idaho
Type: Documents
State and Federal Coordination, State Issues

Independent watchdog group Accountable.us filed open records requests in all U.S. states and territories to understand how the Trump administration hindered the states’ ability to adequately respond to the pandemic. These are the documents from Idaho.

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Accountable.us
05/04/2020
Report: National Preparedness: Additional Actions Needed to Address Gaps in the Nation’s Emergency Management Capabilities
Source: Government Accountability Office
Type: Report
Federal Management

The Government Accountability Office was asked to examine national preparedness, and in this report found that states and territories have a good handle on their strengths and weaknesses, but FEMA hasn’t used the information to determine the full scope of national needs. The report contains GAO recommendations.

04/27/2020
Some Mortgage Loan Servicers’ Websites Offer Information about CARES Act Loan Forbearance That Is Incomplete, Inconsistent, Dated, and Unclear
Source: Inspector General – Housing and Urban Development
Type: Report
Relief Funds and Loans

The Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Inspector General assessed what information regarding forbearance was being provided to borrowers by servicers of mortgage loans insured by the Federal Housing Administration. The review found that servicers’ websites provided incomplete, inconsistent, dated, and unclear guidance to borrowers.

04/24/2020
50 States Open Records Project: Oregon
Source: Oregon
Type: Documents
State and Federal Coordination, State Issues

Independent watchdog group Accountable.us filed open records requests in all U.S. states and territories to understand how the Trump administration hindered the states’ ability to adequately respond to the pandemic. These are the documents from Oregon.

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Accountable.us
04/01/2020
50 States Open Records Project: Georgia
Source: Georgia
Type: Documents
State and Federal Coordination, State Issues

Independent watchdog group Accountable.us filed open records requests in all US states and territories to understand how the Trump administration’s incompetence hindered the states’ ability to adequately respond to COVID-19. These are the documents from Georgia.

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Accountable.us