Pandemic Impact Case Study

The U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Inspector General (DOL OIG) is participating in a case study project led by the Pandemic Response Action Committee (PRAC) in coordination with nine other Inspectors General. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, Congress has authorized more than $5 trillion to be spent on the federal government’s response. The response funding was allocated to federal agencies and then disbursed to state and local governments. Understanding the experiences of residents, businesses, government entities, and other stakeholders in these communities will enable the PRAC to evaluate these programs and determine if associated funding was utilized effectively.

As part of this study, DOL OIG will visit several geographic areas to survey unemployment insurance claimants to learn about their experiences. The six locations identified for this project include: Springfield, Massachusetts; Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; Marion County, Georgia; Sheridan County, Nebraska; White Earth Indian Nation, Minnesota; and Jicarilla Apache Nation, New Mexico.

For more about the PRAC, please visit the Pandemic Oversight Website