Jun
10
2022

New White House Report Catalogs ARPA’s Strengths

A recent report from the White House outlines how 32 programs in the emergency package spurred an equitable recovery from the pandemic. Notable successes highlighted in the 301-page report include a sharp decline in unemployment among people of color, the largest number of new jobs ever in a calendar year and lowering black and brown child poverty rates.

May
12
2022

The Restaurant Revitalization Fund Should Have Stronger Oversight if More Funds are Approved

The American Rescue Plan included a program meant to keep small businesses owned by disadvantaged groups in the restaurant industry open during the height of the pandemic. The $28.8 billion grant program—known as the Restaurant Revitalization Fund—gave money to over 100,000 businesses, with some grants going as high as $10 million.
Apr
14
2022

Covid Stimulus Watch Now Contains Recipient Data from the American Rescue Plan

Covid Stimulus Watch now includes recipient data from the 2021 American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). We’ve added more than 123,000 entries that amount to almost $8 billion across 15 ARPA programs.

Apr
13
2022

One City Sets an Example for Tracking Local Pandemic Spending

The city of Syracuse, NY is one of the few smaller localities taking the time to track American Rescue Plan spending for its residents.
Mar
16
2022

Sunshine Week: Transparency and Pandemic Spending

President Biden announced in this State of the Union Address that the Department of Justice will appoint a chief prosecutor responsible for investigating pandemic fraud.