The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has unleashed an extraordinary amount of government activity, from the legislative branch to the executive branch, to state and local authorities. Throughout the COVID-19 outbreak, Congress has remained active in seriously undertaking its pre-existing oversight responsibilities, ranging from oversight of the government’s initial response to the pandemic to oversight of industry practices regarding price-gouging for certain goods/services. What is more, Congress has now passed the largest stimulus packages in history, totaling well over $2 trillion, where federal dollars will now be spent to help mitigate the outbreak and provide relief to workers and businesses across the country. The injection of this massive amount of federal funds, however, requires oversight to protect taxpayer dollars and prevent waste, fraud, and abuse.
Please join us as we discuss the new Congressional oversight landscape (including the creation of a new inspector general authority) as the government continues to grapple with responding adequately to the pandemic.