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In our 9th comprehensive report on the COVID-19 pandemic, we provide updates on topics like pandemic emergency rental assistance and tax relief for businesses. We made 5 recommendations, including ways the Treasury Department can more quickly recover rental assistance overpayments.
Government spending data is available at USAspending.gov for website users to search, download, and analyze.
The Treasury Department has actively collected feedback from site users, including through usability testing, and has made changes.
We found that the Departments of the Interior and Treasury faced challenges distributing over $8 billion in certain CARES Act funds for tribes.
Also, Treasury's formula for allocating some of the funds used certain population data without consulting with tribes about the data's limitations.
As the nation continues to respond to and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, recent increases in cases have hampered these efforts and created new challenges.
In our 8th comprehensive report, we found more ways to help the federal government address the pandemic and prepare for future emergencies.
Many federal agencies like the National Park Service and Federal Aviation Administration rely, in part, on user fees. In FY 2019, federal agencies collected over $100 billion in fees dedicated to specific purposes like park maintenance and airport improvements.