COVID-19 Expenditures -- Lessons Learned Regarding Awareness of Potential Fraud, Waste, and Abuse Risk [open pdf - 248KB]
From the Document: "The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) will result in a significant expenditure of funds across the Government, including the Department of Defense (DoD). The CARES Act provides over $10 billion to support the military response to the coronavirus. Among other things, the CARES Act provides funding for emergency deployments of National Guard personnel, medical care and countermeasures, the expansion of military treatment facilities, procurement of diagnostic tests, and steps to increase access to materials necessary for national security and pandemic recovery. The CARES Act also provides the DoD flexibility in its use of undefinitized contract actions. The Department of Defense Office of Inspector General (DoD OIG) anticipates an increase in DoD contracting actions associated with the implementation of the CARES Act. Moving quickly to use these funds effectively while avoiding fraud, waste, and abuse is a critical but challenging task. Fraudsters have already begun targeting these funds, and DoD personnel need to be on the lookout for fraud and waste and be proactive in their efforts to thwart these activities before they occur. The DoD OIG recognizes these challenges, and is therefore providing this document to share best practices and lessons learned that we have identified during our previous oversight work. We believe that this document can help the DoD use CARES Act funds effectively while at the same time seeking to prevent fraud, waste, and abuse."