COVID-19: Sustained Federal Action is Crucial as Pandemic Enters Its Second Year, Report to Congressional Committees [open pdf - 15MB]
From the Highlights: "As of March 15, 2021, the U.S. had over 29 million reported cases of COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] and more than 523,000 reported deaths, according to CDC [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention]. The country also continues to experience serious economic repercussions. Five relief laws, including the CARES [Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security] Act, were enacted as of January 31, 2021, to provide appropriations to address the public health and economic threats posed by COVID-19. As of January 31, 2021, of the $3.1 trillion appropriated by these five laws for COVID-19 relief, the federal government had obligated a total of $2.2 trillion and expended $1.9 trillion, as reported by federal agencies. Most recently, in March 2021, a sixth relief law, the American Rescue Plan of 2021, was enacted and provides additional federal assistance for the ongoing response and recovery. The CARES Act includes a provision for GAO [Government Accountability Office] to report on its ongoing monitoring and oversight efforts related to the COVID-19 pandemic. This report examines the federal government's continued efforts to respond to and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. GAO reviewed data, documents, and guidance from federal agencies about their activities and interviewed federal and state officials, experts, and other stakeholders, including health care professionals."
Government Accountability Office: https://www.gao.gov/