May 23, 2022

Resources for Tracking Federal COVID-19 Spending, a New Report from the Congressional Research Service (CRS)

From the Congressional Research Service (CRS):

Congress has responded to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic with supplemental appropriations measuresproviding reliefand assistanceto individuals and families, state and local governments, businesses, health care providers, and other entities.

This report provides selected sources for tracking COVID-19 relief and assistance spending. It includes links to and informationon government sources detailing spending amounts at various levels of detail, including consolidated spending by multiple government agencies,spending by individual government agencies, and spending to specific recipients and geographies. The sources themselves are large government databases, individual agencies, oversight entities, and selected non-governmental entitiest hat attempt to repackage information on spending amounts obtained from available government sources.

Due to the continually evolving nature of information provided by sources that track federal COVID-19 spending, this report may be updated frequently.For a legislative summary of the enacted bills, and a broad discussion of both the discretionary and direct spending measures provided by Congress, see CRS Report R46449, Tallying Federal Funding for COVID-19: In Brief, by William L. Painter. For general information on resources for tracking federal funds, see CRS Report R44027, Tracking Federal Awards: and Other Data Sources, by Jennifer Teefy.

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8 pages; PDF.

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