Pandemic Oversight Program
Through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), the District of Columbia has received over $3.3 billion to aid in its recovery from the COVID-19 Pandemic. A portion of the District’s ARPA appropriation is allocated to add additional capacity for the management, oversight, monitoring, and evaluation of these federal resources.
The District has provided the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) with incremental resources to conduct focused oversight of the District's use of Federal COVID-19 recovery funds. The OIG’s Pandemic Oversight Program (POP) is comprised of additional staff, contractual support, and technology investments to leverage available data to identify risk areas. The OIG POP then examines these risk areas through various oversight engagements, such as audits, evaluations, or criminal investigations. Further, the OIG’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) has also received additional resources to oversee the expanded provisions to the District’s Medicaid program.
The intended outcome of the OIG’s POP is to promote the economy, efficiency, and effectiveness of pandemic spending, and to prevent and detect fraud, waste, abuse, and mismanagement of the funds that are critically needed to support the District's recovery.