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  • Additional IG Designated as Members of CIGIE’s Pandemic Response Accountability Committee

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    IGs to Join Committee Coordinating Oversight of Federal Funds Used for Coronavirus Response

    Michael E. Horowitz, Chair of the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency 
    (CIGIE), and Glenn A. Fine, Chair of CIGIE’s Pandemic Response Accountability Committee (PRAC), 
    announced today additional Inspectors General (IG) to serve as members of the PRAC. The new members 
    are:

    •   Mitchell L. Behm, Acting Inspector General, Department of Transportation
    •   Mark Bialek, Inspector General, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
    •   Kathy A. Buller, Inspector General, Peace Corps
    •   Rae Oliver Davis, Inspector General, Department of Housing and Urban Development
    •   Phyllis K. Fong, Inspector General, Department of Agriculture
    •   Susan S. Gibson, Inspector General, National Reconnaissance Office
    •   Allison C. Lerner, Inspector General, National Science Foundation
    •   Jay N. Lerner, Inspector General, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
    •   Paul K. Martin, Inspector General, National Aeronautics and Space Administration
    •   Michael J. Missal, Inspector General, Department of Veterans Affairs
    •   Tammy L. Whitcomb, Inspector General, U.S. Postal Service
    •   Special Inspector General for Pandemic Oversight (when nominated by the President and confirmed 
    by the Senate)

    In addition, Inspector General Martin was named as the Committee’s Vice Chair. Mr. Martin has 
    served as Inspector General at NASA for the past 10 years and prior to that served at the 
    Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General for 12 years, the last 7 as Deputy Inspector 
    General.

    These Inspectors General, who were designated as members of the PRAC pursuant to Section 15010 of 
    the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”), oversee agencies that will 
    disburse funds made available under the CARES Act or are otherwise involved in the Coronavirus 
    response.

    Today’s designated Inspectors General join the PRAC alongside Mr. Fine and 8 other Inspectors
    General specifically identified as PRAC members by the CARES Act:

    •   Sandra D. Bruce, Acting Inspector General, Department of Education
    •   Joseph V. Cuffari, Inspector General, Department of Homeland Security
    •   Scott S. Dahl, Inspector General, Department of Labor
    •   Richard K. Delmar, Acting Inspector General, Department of the Treasury
    •   J. Russell George, Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration
    •   Christi A. Grimm, Acting Inspector General, Department of Health and Human Services
    •   Michael E. Horowitz, Inspector General, Department of Justice
    •   Hannibal “Mike” Ware, Inspector General, Small Business Administration

    Consistent with the CARES Act, all Inspectors General serving on the Committee will continue to 
    perform their Inspector General duties.

    “This additional group of Inspectors General brings a wide range of expertise to the Committee. 
    Working closely with all 75 Federal Inspectors General, the Committee will seek to ensure that the 
    funds intended to support individuals, workers, healthcare professionals, businesses and others 
    affected by the pandemic are used efficiently, effectively, and in accordance with the law,” said 
    PRAC Chair Fine.

    The CARES Act provides over $2 trillion in emergency federal spending to address the economic 
    impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, and establishes the PRAC and several other oversight 
    mechanisms to prevent waste, fraud, and abuse in the use of these funds.

    The PRAC will promote transparency and support independent oversight of the funds provided by the 
    CARES Act and two prior emergency spending bills, the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response 
    Supplemental Appropriations Act and the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. In addition to its 
    oversight responsibilities, the PRAC is tasked with supporting efforts to “prevent and detect 
    fraud, waste, abuse, and mismanagement [and] mitigate major risks that cut across program and 
    agency boundaries.”

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    CIGIE is an independent entity established within the executive branch by the Inspector General Act 
    and includes 75 statutorily created federal Inspectors General. Its mission is to address 
    integrity, economy, and effectiveness issues that transcend individual government agencies and to 
    aid in the establishment of a well-trained and highly skilled workforce in the Offices of the 
    Inspectors General. For more information about CIGIE and the Inspector General community, please 
    visit https://www.ignet.gov/. To find and read reports from the federal Ins  ectors
    General, please visit https://oversight.gov and follow @OversightGov on Twitter.

    If you have additional questions, please contact:

    Dwrena Allen
    DOD OIG Spokesperson
    dwrena.allen@dodig.mil

    Stephanie Logan
    DOJ OIG/CIGIE Spokesperson
    Stephanie.logan@usdoj.gov

    Alan Boehm
    CIGIE Executive Director
    alan.boehm@cigie.gov

    DHS Agency
    Oversight Area
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