Deterring Fraud, Corruption & Mismanagement in COVID Stimulus Programs

Join the Government Procurement Law Program and the Coalition for Integrity for a panel discussion on recommendations on how to enhance accountability and oversight of the stimulus.

On March 27, 2020, the US Congress passed a nearly $2 trillion bill, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, with near-unanimous support, to deal with the severe health and economic fallout from COVID-19. Nearly a month later, Congress passed an additional $484 billion package to replenish the CARES Act funding. 

Currently, Congress is negotiating another stimulus package. Given the large sums of money at stake, there are legitimate concerns about oversight of this money. To ensure the appropriate allocation of these funds, and to reduce the risks of corruption, fraud, and mismanagement, transparency and oversight are essential. 


Participants

Moderator

  • Jessica Tillipman, Assistant Dean for Field Placement, George Washington University Law School

Panelists

  • Robert Westbrooks, Executive Director, Pandemic Response Accountability Committee
  • Lee Bacon, Special Agent, Small Business Administration, Office of Inspector General
  • Shruti Shah, President and CEO, Coalition for Integrity
  • Ben Wieder, Investigative/Data Reporter, McClatchy Washington Bureau
  • Chris Cummings, Founder and CEO, Curiosity Media; PPP loan recipient