Select Subcommittee to Hold Hearing with Federal Officials on Preventing, Detecting, and Prosecuting Fraud in Pandemic Relief Programs

Jun 6, 2022
Press Release

Washington, D.C. (June 6, 2022) – On Tuesday, June 14, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. ET, the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis, chaired by Rep. James E. Clyburn, will hold a hybrid hearing on federal efforts to address fraud in pandemic relief programs. Kevin Chambers, Director for COVID-19 Fraud Enforcement at the Department of Justice, Michael Horowitz, Chair of the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee, and Hannibal “Mike” Ware, the Inspector General of the Small Business Administration will testify on how the federal government can ensure that wrongdoers are brought to justice, wrongfully received taxpayer dollars are returned, and all eligible Americans are able to obtain essential government support in future times of crisis.

Following passage of the bipartisan CARES Act in March 2020, over $2 trillion in economic relief was made available to American workers, families, businesses, and state and local governments. While much of this relief reached eligible Americans and was instrumental in preventing an economic depression, the Trump Administration failed to establish processes and policies to prevent and detect fraud in relief programs, leading to unprecedented fraudulent payments. Experts estimate that bad actors fraudulently obtained billions of pandemic relief dollars, primarily through large-scale, widespread criminal enterprises seeking to defraud American taxpayers. Fortunately, the Biden Administration has prioritized strengthening fraud controls and holding wrongdoers accountable, including designating a Department of Justice prosecutor to lead criminal and civil enforcement efforts within the department to combat pandemic-related fraud.

The hearing will build on the Select Subcommittee’s longstanding work to identify waste, fraud, and abuse in pandemic relief programs. The Select Subcommittee previously released evidence showing that the Trump Administration’s failure to institute safeguards in the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program led to nearly $84 billion in potentially fraudulent loans. The Select Subcommittee also determined that nearly 97 percent of EIDL fraud prosecutions involved loan applications submitted during the Trump Administration—before the Biden Administration implemented a series of commonsense safeguards, including use of the Treasury Do Not Pay list and verification of applicant tax information.

WHAT:  

Hearing on “Examining Federal Efforts to Prevent, Detect, and Prosecute Pandemic Relief Fraud to Safeguard Funds for All Eligible Americans” 

WHEN: 

Tuesday, June 14, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. ET  

WHO: 

  • Kevin Chambers, Director for COVID-19 Fraud Enforcement, Department of Justice 

  • Michael Horowitz, Chair, Pandemic Response Accountability Committee 

  • Hannibal “Mike” Ware, Inspector General, Small Business Administration 

  • Roy Dotson, National Pandemic Fraud Recovery Coordinator, United States Secret Service

WATCH: 

A livestream will be available on YouTube and the Select Subcommittee website.

WHERE:  

2247 Rayburn House Office Building 

Credentialed media wishing to attend must RSVP to Graeme Crews at graeme.crews@mail.house.gov no later than 6 p.m. ET Monday, June 13.   

117th Congress