Key Issues > Coronavirus Oversight  

Coronavirus Oversight

An ongoing review of the federal response to the COVID-19 pandemic and oversight of related spending.
  1. Share with Facebook 
  2. Share with Twitter 
  3. Share with LinkedIn 
  4. Share with mail 


In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress appropriated $2.6 trillion in emergency assistance for people, businesses, the health care system, and state and local governments. GAO is examining many aspects of the federal response and is your source for that fact-based, nonpartisan information.

GAO's Latest Findings

On June 25th we issued our first report in response to the CARES Act, which requires GAO to report on the impact of COVID-19. We will issue bi-monthly reports through the first year of the law.

In the first report, we provide information and some recommendations on topics such as:

  • Small Business Loans: The Small Business Administration processed over $512 billion in guaranteed small business loans, but isn't ready to address fraud risks and hasn't said how it plans to oversee the loans.
  • Viral testing: On June 4, 2020, the Department of Health and Human Services issued guidance to laboratories on required data and reporting standards related to national testing. Previously, data on testing were incomplete or inconsistent, making it harder to track infections, mitigate effects, and make decisions on reopening communities.
  • Stimulus payments: The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Department of the Treasury disbursed 160.4 million payments worth $269.3 billion. According to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, as of May 31, almost 1.1 million payments totaling nearly $1.4 billion had gone to deceased people.

CARES Act reports and other COVID-19 related reports will also be available to read or embed as an RSS feed from this page: Newest COVID-Related Reports.

COVID-19 Drive Through Testing in Tampa, FL

COVID-19 Drive Through Testing in Tampa, FL

Oversight, Insight, Foresight—and Hindsight

GAO is well-positioned to oversee the federal COVID-19 response, as we have extensive experience reporting fact-based information from officials and organizations across a wide array of federal issues.

GAO, other oversight bodies, and federal officials can use our past pandemic-related reports—and the many recommendations that still apply—to inform their own work. You can find a categorized list of these reports on this page: Past Pandemic-Related Reports.

How to Get Notified about New Reports

Be the first to know when GAO issues new work related to the pandemic and Coronavirus oversight.

  • Live Feed of Reports: Embed our feed on your website. It will be updated with new reports as they are published.
  • Daily Emails: Sign up for our daily emails on this topic or several others.
  • Twitter: The fastest way to know we have issued new work is to follow us on Twitter @usgao.
  • Open Recommendations: Keep track of related open recommendations.
  • Blog Posts: Subscribe to our WatchBlog for the latest COVID-19 posts.
  • Previously Issued Work by Topic: Take a look at our section on Past Pandemic-Related Reports.

Report Suspected Fraud to GAO

Fraudnet shield

You can help us monitor the spending from the record $2 trillion stimulus package. If you suspect waste, fraud, or abuse of stimulus funds, report your concerns through FraudNet. Read April 10 press release.

Watchdog Report

FraudNet and COVID-19 Federal Assistance

FraudNet is a GAO program for the public, government workers, and contractors to report allegations of improper activities in the federal government—including fraud, waste, or abuse of funds provided under the CARES Act.

GAO Contacts

Nikki Clowers

Managing Director of the Health Care team


Federal Resources Related to Coronavirus (COVID-19)