The Transparency Foundation is highlighting findings and recommendations being made today by the Government Accountability Office relating to the need for improved oversight of Covid-19 data as well as a need to evaluate the integrity and performance of a wide-range of associated Covid-19 relief programs funded by taxpayers.
Among the highlights in today’s GAO Report: federal, state and local governments are not properly reporting and disclosing Covid-19 data; significant fraud risks exist in the Covid-19 assistance programs such as Small Business PPP loans and unemployment benefits; and concerns that schools may not use Covid-19 funds as intended. Read the entire report here: https://www.gao.gov/press-release/swift,-sustained-action-needed-improve-federal-covid-19-public-health-and-economic-relief-efforts
“In addition to implementing the recommendations from GAO aimed at improving the quality and accessibility of Covid-19 data being reported by federal, state and local agencies going forward, we are calling for an audit of Covid-19 datasets to determine if decisions were justified using inaccurate or skewed information,” said Carl DeMaio, Chairman of the Transparency Foundation.
“Auditing and evaluating Covid-19 data and taxpayer-funded assistance programs is not only about accountability for past decisions but it should lay the groundwork for improving how we confront challenges like Covid-19 going forward,” DeMaio noted.
The Transparency Foundation is a non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to making public institutions more transparent and accountable to the citizens they serve. For more information go to www.TheTransparencyFoundation.org