Here are the companies getting emergency federal contracts and how much it’s costing taxpayers

With massive spending coming from the federal government in response to the coronavirus pandemic, questions are arising as to how it’s being accounted for.Our national investigative unit found answers to your inquiries about which companies are getting emergency federal contracts and how much it’s costing taxpayers.As the U.S. State Department brought home Americans from overseas, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention raced to prepare mandatory quarantines — and opened its wallet.Knowing it had just hours until repatriation flights touched down at U.S. military bases, the agency issued emergency contracts, saying “… competitive procedures were not feasible …” because “any delay would have resulted in serious injury to the agency’s mission and to the lives of hundreds of citizens.” In all, a review of two federal databases by the national investigative unit found coronavirus-related contracts issued within the past two months worth over $2.15 billion.By far, the Department of Veterans Affairs issued or modified the most contracts, but Health and Human Services has committed to spending the most — at over $1.25 billion.Pharmaceutical and manufacturing companies scooped up the lion’s share of the money. and universities reeled in federal grants to launch or continue COVID-19 research, including for a possible vaccine.”We need to know where all the money goes,” Sean Moulton, of the Project on Government Oversight.Moulton said rigorous scrutiny before the money goes out the door — not just after — can protect taxpayers and make crucial help stretch even further.”Let’s watch this money like a hawk and make sure it gets to the communities that it needs to,” he said.The group Whistleblower Aid is already up with a digital ad asking people to come forward if they know about waste and abuse of COVID-19 spending.Some groups warn robust oversight is already in question. President Donald Trump removed the inspector general just tapped as a watchdog for the $2 trillion in spending passed by Congress.And the white house said the president does not need to abide by some oversight rules he signed into law. As the president told reporters last month, “I’ll be the oversight.”

With massive spending coming from the federal government in response to the coronavirus pandemic, questions are arising as to how it’s being accounted for.

Our national investigative unit found answers to your inquiries about which companies are getting emergency federal contracts and how much it’s costing taxpayers.

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As the U.S. State Department brought home Americans from overseas, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention raced to prepare mandatory quarantines — and opened its wallet.

Knowing it had just hours until repatriation flights touched down at U.S. military bases, the agency issued emergency contracts, saying “… competitive procedures were not feasible …” because “any delay would have resulted in serious injury to the agency’s mission and to the lives of hundreds of citizens.”

In all, a review of two federal databases by the national investigative unit found coronavirus-related contracts issued within the past two months worth over $2.15 billion.

By far, the Department of Veterans Affairs issued or modified the most contracts, but Health and Human Services has committed to spending the most — at over $1.25 billion.

Pharmaceutical and manufacturing companies scooped up the lion’s share of the money.
and universities reeled in federal grants to launch or continue COVID-19 research, including for a possible vaccine.

“We need to know where all the money goes,” Sean Moulton, of the Project on Government Oversight.

Moulton said rigorous scrutiny before the money goes out the door — not just after — can protect taxpayers and make crucial help stretch even further.

“Let’s watch this money like a hawk and make sure it gets to the communities that it needs to,” he said.

The group Whistleblower Aid is already up with a digital ad asking people to come forward if they know about waste and abuse of COVID-19 spending.

Some groups warn robust oversight is already in question. President Donald Trump removed the inspector general just tapped as a watchdog for the $2 trillion in spending passed by Congress.

And the white house said the president does not need to abide by some oversight rules he signed into law. As the president told reporters last month, “I’ll be the oversight.”