On March 27, 2020, the federal government enacted the CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act, a more than $2 trillion relief package, that provides money for states, funds for impacted businesses, and direct payments and jobless benefits for constituents in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The CARES Act provides funding to help stabilize communities impacted by the coronavirus. In many instances, the federal government has loosened some restrictions that normally accompany the various types of grants and reimbursement. Also, much of the funding will arrive via the streams states already use to receive federal funds, which should help states respond quickly. However, as in other recovery efforts, state and local governments must be careful to navigate the increased oversight and reporting requirements and need to adequately protect funding from risks of fraud, waste, and abuse.
Download our guide for a review of the relief package based on Guidehouse’s experience managing recovery efforts for several recommendations and considerations for states and local governments as they navigate the effective disbursement of federal funds in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.